Week 5 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 15 games on the schedule from most appealing to least enticing.
1. Falcons at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): A desperation game between two playoff-caliber teams led by superstar quarterbacks. Only two wins between them in Week 5. You just know this’ll be dramatic.
2. Vikings at Eagles (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Another desperation game, this time between two Super Bowl-caliber teams led by stud quarterbacks and featuring top-notch defenses. Just not sure it’ll have as many fireworks as Falcons-Steelers.
3. Jaguars at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The league’s top-rated scoring defense meets the league’s top-rated scoring offense. Should be close, exciting and top-notch football.
4. Redskins at Saints (Monday night, ESPN): Ordinarily I’d be concerned about a potential blowout with a matchup like this in New Orleans, but not in this case. The Redskins are well-rested coming off a long bye week, and I think they’ll keep it close in a potential thriller with the high-scoring Saints.
5. Ravens at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Both Baltimore and Cleveland have playoff aspirations in the AFC North, and this should be close in Cleveland. If it is, it’s worth being part of your channel-surf.
6. Packers at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Every NFC North matchup is pretty stellar at this point. In Detroit, the Lions should be able to make a game of this.
7. Cowboys at Texans (Sunday night, NBC): The Battle of Texas between two teams featuring good-but-struggling young quarterbacks and good-but-struggling defenses. Not bad if it remains close.
8. Colts at Patriots (Thursday night, FOX/NFLN): We’ve been spoiled by strong TNF games this season, but this could be a blowout. Still, at least we’re getting Andrew Luck and Tom Brady.
9. Dolphins at Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Miami trying to bounce back. Cincinnati trying to prove it is the real deal. If the Dolphins keep it close, this’ll be hard to ignore during an early time slot jam-packed with great games.
10. Raiders at Chargers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Oakland has been in every game it has played, and the Chargers are almost always entertaining. But this is only worth featuring if Vikings-Eagles is a bust.
11. Rams at Seahawks (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): I fear a blowout here considering the state of the Seahawks (physically and emotionally), but maybe they’ll put up a fight at home.
12. Giants at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Neither team is really moving the needle right now, and the blowout potential exists with Carolina at home following a bye.
13. Titans at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Meh. Pretty much the least interesting game you can imagine involving two teams coming off playoff seasons. Only worth monitoring until/unless it’s close late.
14. Broncos at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Denver’s defense looked good last week and the Jets are a little more intriguing then in recent years, but this is only worth your backburner.
15. Cardinals at 49ers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Neither team is going anywhere this season, but Josh Rosen is worth checking out during lulls in other late-afternoon games.