Week 8 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 14 games on the schedule from most appealing to least enticing.
1. Saints at Vikings (Sunday night, NBC): Two of the top five teams in football do battle in a potential NFC championship preview. They played an instant classic last year, and this should be just as good.
2. Packers at Rams (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Aaron Rodgers is trying to will his team to wins. Coming off a bye against the 7-0 Rams, Green Bay should stick around here. Could be epic.
3. Eagles at Jaguars (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ET, NFLN): Two teams that made the final four last year, both incredibly desperate in London. This’ll be a superb way to kick off your Sunday.
4. Ravens at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Two playoff contenders in what should be a close matchup in the early time slot. Nothing special, but worth some of your attention.
5. Jets at Bears (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The blowout is a possibility, but the both teams are so mistake-prone that this should remain close. Both the Jets and Bears have been fun to watch this season.
6. Broncos at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): If Denver keeps this as close as it did when they met a few weeks ago in Colorado, it could become your top priority in the early slot. But there’s a decent chance that doesn’t happen.
7. Browns at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): I worry about the blowout here as well, but their first meeting was highly entertaining.
8. Dolphins at Texans (Thursday night, FOX/NFLN): Miami is alive and the Texans are riding a hot streak. If the Dolphins keep this close, it’s worth tuning in despite Brock Osweiler.
9. Seahawks at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Both teams are very much wild-card contenders in the NFC, and this should be a close game. Keep an eye.
10. Buccaneers at Bengals (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Both teams have come back to earth, but this should at least involve plenty of scoring. Monitor until/unless it’s close in the fourth quarter.
11. Redskins at Giants (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The Redskins deserve your attention, but the Giants do not. There’ll be other opportunities to catch this half-decent Washington team.
12. Patriots at Bills (Monday night, ESPN): At least you’re likely to get to sleep early Monday night.
13. Colts at Raiders (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Even with a decent quarterback matchup, this isn’t worth your time. Neither team is going anywhere.
14. 49ers at Cardinals (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Take Colts-Raiders and remove the decent quarterback matchup.