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Week 4 NFL game viewability rankings

Week 4 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 15 games from most appealing to least enticing.

1. Bears at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Charles Tillman vs. Calvin Johnson. Two very good quarterbacks, two very good No. 1 receivers and some aggressive, exciting defensive fronts. Let's see how top Bears pick Kyle Long fares against Ndamukong. Lots of good matchups between two division rivals off to great starts. Plus, the underrated Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick duo will be calling it.

2. Patriots at Falcons (Sunday night, NBC): Either the Pats finally beat a good opponent (on the road, no less) and move to 4-0, sending Atlanta to 1-3 (headlines on both sides), or the Falcons make a statement with a prime-time victory. That's exciting. And with Tom Brady going up against Matt Ryan and that Atlanta receiving corps, this could become explosive. 

3. Dolphins at Saints (Mondat night, ESPN): They're both 3-0. The Dolphins offense has exceeded expectations, as has the Saints defense. In New Orleans, this could be high scoring and exciting. Just a great early-season cross-conference battle for the Worldwide Leader.

4. Seahawks at Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Seattle might be the best team in the NFC East, but traveling for a 1 p.m. start isn't easy for them, or for anyone located on the west coast. That's especially the case against playoff teams like Houston. Throw in that the Seahawks are without left tackle Russell Okung and this is bound to go down to the wire.

5. Giants at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): Can anybody see the Giants starting 0-4? What about the Chiefs starting 4-0? In Kansas City, that's supposed to happen Sunday. But expect New York to put up a fight. Regardless, this will be awesome. 

6. 49ers at Rams (Thursday night, NFL Network): On the surface, this isn't pretty. Two teams that are struggling on both sides of the ball, neither of whom have won since Week 1. But it'll be really interesting to see how the Niners respond to the tumult they've recently encountered. And don't forget that St. Louis beat San Francisco at home last December. 

7. Eagles at Broncos (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): This should be a blowout, but you still can't predict what Chip Kelly's Eagles will bring to the table. And besides, it could be fun to see Peyton Manning absolutely destroy yet another terrible secondary. 

8. Cowboys at Chargers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Dallas has a chance to really strengthen its grip on the NFC East, but the Chargers have been up and down and are at home. Here, we could have a good quarterback battle with a lot of points.

9. Ravens at Bills (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Buffalo has come back to earth after a promising start and EJ Manuel is struggling. Against that Baltimore defense, this could be a blowout. But don't be surprised if the Bills shock everyone at home, just as they did during the first two weeks. That possibility keeps this game out of the bottom few spots.

10. Redskins at Raiders (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): It's never a chore watching Robert Griffin III, especially as that knee slowly improves. Still, this is an 0-3 team against a 1-2 team. 

11. Bengals at Browns (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Not exactly an enticing battle of Ohio. The Browns aren't very good right now, but they do play Cincy well and are coming off a surprising and impressive victory. This could be fun in the fourth quarter.

12. Jets at Titans (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): This should be close, which is nice. And if that's the case, it'll be worth tuning into the fourth quarter. Hard to believe, but one of these teams will be 3-1 after this matchup.

13. Cardinals at Buccaneers (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): I guess this could be worth checking out for bits and pieces to see how new Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon looks. Still, it's a boring matchup between two lousy teams. 

14. Steelers at Vikings (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Terry Bradshaw is right, nobody cares about these London games anymore. The novelty has worn off from a viewing standpoint. And neither team in this matchup will be making the playoffs this year. Forget it. I won't watch one second of this game. 

15. Colts at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Colts might be exciting right now, but anything involving the Jaguars isn't going to fare well on this list. 

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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