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Week 13 NFL game viewability rankings

Week 13 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 16 games from most appealing to least enticing.

1. Saints at Seahawks (Monday night, ESPN): The winner of this one probably winds up with home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Saints are healthier, more rested and in better shape overall, but it isn't easy going up against that 12th man in the Pacific Northwest.

2. Broncos at Chiefs (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): I do fear this could be a lopsided Denver victory, but it'll be interesting to see how the Broncos react to that disaster in Foxboro. Plus, the Chiefs are at home and desperately trying to avoid losing three straight.

3. Packers at Lions (Thursday, 12:30 p.m. ET, FOX): With Chicago also a mess, the winner of this would probably become the favorite in the NFC North. No Aaron Rodgers for Green Bay, but that might mean we're in for a real competitive game. 

4. Cardinals at Eagles (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The league's hottest quarterback goes up against one of its hottest defenses. Philly and Arizona are both rolling, and both are fighting for NFC playoff positioning. This should be awesome.

5. Steelers at Ravens (Thursday night, NBC): There probably won't be room for both Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the playoffs, so this inevitably defense battle is huge.

6. Buccaneers at Panthers (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The Panthers have won seven in a row but this could be a trap game with the Saints on deck. Plus, Tampa Bay has suddenly surged forward with three straight wins. Watch for the upset. 

7. Rams at 49ers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): San Fran has looked vulnerable and the Rams are suddenly playing real well. St. Louis earned a tie last year at Candlestick, so an upset could be in the cards Sunday.

8. Bengals at Chargers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): I suppose this could be a toss-up considering how inconsistent both teams are.  

9. Raiders at Cowboys (Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS): The Cowboys are always entertaining on national TV, but this could be one-sided and the Raiders don't move the needle a whole lot.

10. Titans at Colts (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Both teams have struggled, but it's a division rivalry and both are still currently in playoff positioning. Plus, it'll be interesting to see if Indy continues to plummet. 

11. Dolphins at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Kind of a standard divisional game between two mediocre teams, but it means a lot in the parity-plagued AFC playoff picture.

12. Bears at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Chicago is trying to stay afloat without Jay Cutler and a slew of key defenders, while the Vikes look to keep playing spoiler. Don't be surprised if that happens here.

13. Patriots at Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Obviously this is going to be a blowout. Don't tune in unless it's a one-score game in the third quarter. 

14. Giants at Redskins (Sunday night, NBC): Very frustrating that this game wasn't flexed away from SNF. Both teams are out of contention, which is no fun in December. 

15. Falcons at Bills (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Nothing to this game. Atlanta has given up. At least the Bills are fun to watch at home, but this will be in Toronto at the antiseptic Rogers Centre.

16. Jaguars at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): One of the worst games of the year, especially with Brandon Weeden starting for Cleveland. Neither team is going anywhere any time soon.

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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