Week 17 of the 2017 NFL regular season is here, and playoff spots and seedings are on the line. You might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on — some are definitely more important than others — 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.
The really important
1. Panthers at Falcons (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Carolina can still win the division, while the Falcons probably need to win this in order to make the playoffs.
2. Saints at Buccaneers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): New Orleans might need this in order to secure the last up-for-grabs division crown.
3. Jaguars at Titans (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): It’s a win-and-in game for Tennessee, and the Jags will probably try to win this.
4. Jets at Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Jets put up a fight in their first meeting, and New England probably needs this to secure the top seed in the AFC.
5. Browns at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): If New England beats the Jets, this technically won’t matter. Still, the Browns trying to avoid 0-16 is somewhat intriguing.
The potentially important
6. Bears at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Minnesota might need to win to lock up a first-round bye, and Chicago put up a fight the first time around.
7. Bengals at Ravens (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Baltimore could get in either way, but this might be a must-win against a team that played spoiler against the Lions a week ago.
8. Raiders at Chargers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Los Angeles needs plenty of help, but a win could get them in.
9. Bills at Dolphins (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): A win could get Buffalo into the playoffs for the first time this century, and a road game in Miami isn’t a walk in the park.
10. Cardinals at Seahawks (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Seattle should cruise, but it also needs an Atlanta loss or it won’t matter.
11. 49ers at Rams (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): The Rams won’t be trying, but this is still worth it for some Jimmy Garoppolo.
12. Chiefs at Broncos (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Doesn’t matter to either team, but I want to see some Patrick Mahomes II.
13. Redskins at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Kirk Cousins’ final game with the Redskins? Eli Manning’s final game as a Giant? Meh…
14. Cowboys at Eagles (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Philadelphia has clinched the No. 1 seed and Dallas is toast.
15. Packers at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Kind of wild that this doesn’t matter.
16. Texans at Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): No Deshaun Watson, no J.J. Watt and no Andrew Luck. No thanks.