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Week 12 NFL game viewability rankings

Week 11 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 14 games from most appealing to least enticing.

1. Broncos at Patriots (Sunday night, NBC): Belichick, Brady, Manning, Welker. A first-round bye potentially at stake. What more could you ask for?

2. Cowboys at Giants (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Do these teams ever play non-thrilling games? With the top spot in the NFC East wide open, this should be an awesome battle. The Giants are hot but have been beating up on bad teams. However, they're at home. The Cowboys are cold but coming off a bye and getting healthier.

3. Panthers at Dolphins (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): This could be a trap game for Carolina, on short rest and on the road against a desperate Dolphins team. Expect a close one between two potential playoff teams. 

4. Colts at Cardinals (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Another inter-conference matchup between two playoff-worthy teams. Indy is trying to get out of a rut while the Cardinals are trying to gain some more respect. It's also a great meeting between top-notch offense and top-notch defense.

5. Chargers at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): San Diego is desperate and trying to save its season, but this is a tough road game at what feels like 10 a.m. to the players. If they put up a fight, this could be the game of the week. But the dud potential also exists.

6. Buccaneers at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): There's something about this matchup that I really like. Maybe it's Calvin Johnson vs. Darrelle Revis, but it also might have to do with the fact the Bucs have won back-to-back games and have little to lose as they attempt to prove that they're better than their record. Upset alert could come into play.

7. Bears at Rams (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Chicago is still fighting for the NFC North crown, but St. Louis has emerged as a hell of a spoiler team. This should be close, but it's still a matchup between two backup quarterbacks.

8. Jets at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Don't expect a lot of quality offense in what could be a real sloppy matchup. Still, this could have major AFC wild-card implications down the stretch, and it should at least be close.

9. Steelers at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): This should be a close divisional contest, and it also could have playoff implications considering how wide-open the race is for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. It's not going to be overly entertaining, but it should be close.

10. 49ers at Redskins (Monday night, ESPN): Two sensational teams from 2012 that have come back to earth to various degrees this season. Still a fun quarterback matchup between two high-powered offenses, but there's not a lot on the line.

11. Vikings at Packers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): No Aaron Rodgers, which takes away from the product. However, if the Vikes can build a lead, this will be worth tuning in to. Green Bay can't afford another loss right now.

12. Saints at Falcons (Thursday night, NFL Network): This game had so much promise at the beginning of the year, but now that Atlanta is 2-8 and getting blown out on a weekly basis it's not quite as exciting. Even at home, expect this matchup to be one-sided. The Falcons have given up.

13. Titans at Raiders (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Two teams going in the wrong direction. Don't bother.

14. Jaguars at Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Draftniks might be interested in this one, because it could have an impact on who is picking in the top three next May. Apart from that, who cares?

Brad Gagnon

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 (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), 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 Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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