Week 15 of the 2018 NFL regular season is here. 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 favorite teams and fantasy players to track. But in case you’re completely neutral or need help breaking ties regarding what to watch, we’ve ranked all 16 games on the schedule from most appealing to least enticing.
1. Patriots at Steelers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): New England has won four straight against the Steelers, including two at Heinz Field. But Pittsburgh needs this bad. Should be intense, especially with both teams coming off rough stretches and so much on the line.
2. Chargers at Chiefs (Thursday night, FOX): The 2018 TNF schedule has actually been fantastic, and it concludes with one of the best Thursday nighters yet — a matchup between the two best teams in the AFC, and one that could determine who wins the West.
3. Cowboys at Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Two teams fighting for their lives in their respective conferences, and you know this’ll be close because that’s how both the Cowboys and Colts roll.
4. Browns at Broncos (Saturday night, NFLN): Cleveland is a lot of fun right now, while Denver remains in the playoff race. With the home squad dealing with some major injuries, the Browns should keep this close on the road.
5. Titans at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Tennessee has hit some high ceilings this year, and the Giants are hot. Look for New York to push the Titans in an attempt to play spoiler at home.
6. Dolphins at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Miami is alive, while Minnesota is fighting for playoff positioning. The blowout potential exists with the Vikings at home, though.
7. Eagles at Rams (Sunday night, NBC): I’m a little concerned the Eagles have run out of gas and this’ll be one-sided, but it could be a lot of fun if they put up a fight in L.A.
8. Saints at Panthers (Monday night, ESPN): This looked like the game of Week 15 about a month ago, but Carolina stopped winning and New Orleans should blow out the Panthers here.
9. Packers at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Green Bay is still alive and the Bears are jockeying for playoff positioning. Expect a hard-fought game.
10. Texans at Jets (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, NFLN): This isn’t ideal for an exclusive slot, but it’s possible the Jets will be inspired at home and push the Texans in an important game. Still wouldn’t sweat missing this for a holiday party.
11. Lions at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Josh Allen is pretty fun right now, but this meaningless matchup isn’t enough to merit anything beyond the backburner.
Not worth your time
12. Seahawks at 49ers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Nobody will watch this opposite New England-Pittsburgh, and that includes peeps in the Bay Area.
13. Raiders at Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): How sad.
14. Redskins at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): This game looked awesome in late-September.
15. Cardinals at Falcons (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Arizona is so damn boring, and the Falcons are just depressing.
16. Buccaneers at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Tampa Bay is unlikely to play spoiler here, so ignore unless that’s the case in the fourth quarter.