Week 15 NFL game viewability rankings

Week 15 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and fantasy players to track. But in case you're completely neutral or need help breaking ties with regard to what to watch, we've ranked all 16 games from most appealing to least enticing.

Games to watch

1. Chargers at Broncos (Thursday night, NFL Network): The Thursday night schedule comes to a merciful conclusion…with a half-decent game? It's possible, because the Chargers are trying to stay alive and Denver is somewhat beatable at this point. This could be a close matchup between two of the game's best quarterbacks. 

2. 49ers at Buccaneers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): This is dangerous. The Niners are trying to keep their heads above water in the playoff race and Tampa has won four of its last five. I smell an upset, or at least a close game. 

3. Ravens at Lions (Monday night, ESPN): Both teams are jockeying for playoff positions in their respective conferences, and this is a nice matchup between a high-powered Detroit offense and a strong Baltimore defense. In Detroit in prime time, this'll be entertaining throughout.

4. Packers at Cowboys (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Dumpster fires going on in both Green Bay and Dallas. Both are fighting for playoff spots while contending with major issues. The Packers may or may not have Aaron Rodgers but the Cowboys may or may not have a defense. 

5. Patriots at Dolphins (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): No reason to believe Miami can't hang against a New England team that is without Rob Gronkowski. Both teams are alive, but the Dolphins are at home and more desperate. Should be fun. 

6. Eagles at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Minnesota doesn't get blown out much anymore these days, and they're at home so they could play spoiler again. The problem here is they're likely to be without Adrian Peterson against a good road team. 

7. Bears at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Chicago is still very much in contention and now it's time to start acknowledging Josh McCown. Plus, the Browns are good enough to keep this interesting at home. Should be one to keep an eye on in the fourth quarter, at the very least. 

8. Saints at Rams (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): St. Louis could be sneaky here. There's blowout potential, but there's also upset potential the way the Rams have been playing. 

9. Bengals at Steelers (Sunday night, NBC): You never want to miss a classic AFC North battle, even if Pittsburgh is toast. This won't have major implications, but it'll be a good game. 

Games to avoid

10. Cardinals at Titans (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Arizona is still a contender, but the Titans have started to sink fast. Too fairly boring teams, and it might not even be close.

11. Chiefs at Raiders (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): The Chiefs are pretty much certain to be the AFC's No. 5 seed and the Raiders have crashed and burned. 

12. Jets at Panthers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Nobody cares, Jets. Carolina, you're cool, but we all know you're a wild-card lock now. 

13. Seahawks at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The Giants are mathematically eliminated and the Seahawks are probably still walking away with the No. 1 seed. This won't matter unless it's close late. 

14. Bills at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): If you thoughts Bills-Buccaneers was bad, you haven't seen nothin' yet….

15. Texans at Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Texans are done and the Colts have nothing left to play for now that they're pretty much locked in as a No. 4 seed. Don't bother.

16. Redskins at Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The two most disappointing teams in the league. This was supposed to be such a good matchup when the schedule was released in the spring, but now it's only relevant if you're thinking about the draft. 

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at CBSSports.com, Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.