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Week 8 NFL game viewability rankings

Week 8 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 13 games from most appealing to least enticing.

1. Redskins at Broncos (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Yeah, it's Mike Shanahan's return to Denver. But more importantly, the desperate Redskins face a Broncos team that has lost some luster the last few weeks. Still, Denver has been unstoppable at Mile High. Can the 'Skins change that? I'm expecting a close game.

2. Cowboys at Lions (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): The Dez Bryant vs. Calvin Johnson storyline has dominated in the media, but there's even more to this matchup. Two high-powered but inconsistent teams with leaky defenses. This should be a close, even and exciting game.

3. Jets at Bengals (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): The Bengals are now getting into a groove and the Jets have overachieved at 4-2. If New York can pull off the upset, the AFC East could become very interesting. Same deal if the Steelers beat Oakland and Cincy loses.

4. Seahawks at Rams (Monday night, ESPN): The Rams somehow have three wins, and don't forget that they beat the Seahawks at home last year. Seattle isn't quite the same on the road, so there's at least a chance this stays close.

5. Giants vs. Eagles (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): This might actually be a must-win game for both embattled NFC East teams, especially if the Cowboys beat the Lions. Both teams are always fun to watch, so the entertainment value is decent here.

6. Dolphins at Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Miami has lost three straight but the Pats have really been struggling of late. New England is at home and getting healthier, though, so this could be a blowout. If it's not, it'll be a game to watch early on Sunday. Top CBS duo Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have the call.

7. Bills at Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Bills have been unpredictable this year, so there's a chance this game is exciting. Still, there's a better chance New Orleans wins big at home.

8. Browns at Chiefs (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS): Another lopsided matchup in Kansas City. If the Chiefs weren't trying to remain undefeated, this would be a bad game. If Kansas City builds an early lead, that'll still be the case.

9. Panthers at Buccaneers (Thursday night, NFL Network): It's not a sexy matchup, but proverbial train wrecks are often entertaining. Watch as the Bucs continue to go up in flames. Plus, Cam Newton and the Panthers have really begun to turn it on. Is this the year they get into the playoffs? This is a rare chance to watch them in prime time.

10. Falcons at Cardinals (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, FOX): Is it me or are there a ton of matchups between losing teams this week? Atlanta is trying to save its season on the road against a half-decent Cards team, but this is still a pretty weak game overall.

11. Steelers at Raiders (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, CBS): Meh. The loser is pretty much done, while the winner will sort of be alive. I guess that makes this a so-so matchup.

12. Packers at Vikings (Sunday night, NBC): Vikings in prime time for the second straight week? Torture.

13. 49ers at Jaguars (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX): London games aren't special anymore. In fact, I'm not sure that they ever were. This will also likely be a blowout. I doubt I'll watch one minute of it.

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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