Every Thursday, we rank the NFL games from least watchable to most watchable. Then, the following Tuesday, we re-rank the games based on what actually went down. The goal is to find the league's most watchable team, least watchable team and everyone in between.
With six weeks in the books, we thought it was a good time to find out what we've learned so far. To do this, we added every team's pre- and post-rankings, then divided that number by how many weeks they've played times two. (Example: The Ravens' total through six weeks is 72, but because they had a bye in Week 2, we divided by 10 instead of 12 to get to their 7.2 average).
The results were intriguing and I've noted a few below, along with the entire table. We'll do this again in Week 12 and again at then end of the season. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
(If you're looking for Week 7's Game Rankings, scroll down.)
Most Watchable Team
Dallas Cowboys. Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't turn away from the circus that is America's Team. Boosted by three straight No. 1 pre-rankings in Weeks 1-3 and three top 3 post-rankings in the first six weeks, Dallas games not only look good on the schedule and but also live up to them on Sunday. The recent slew of injuries may slow their mojo some, but the acquisition of Roy Williams, the curiousity factor of Brad Johnson and the fact they play in the ultra-competitive NFC East probably means the Cowboys will continue to be the NFL's most watchable team.
Least Watchable Team
St. Louis Rams. How bad have things been in St. Louis? The Rams' upset of the Redskins ranked as Week 6's fourth most watchable game and that still wasn't good enough for them to eke out of the cellar past the Chiefs. Blowout losses put the Rams either dead-last or second-to-last in the post-rankings for Weeks 1-4. With a literally unwatchable product on the field, the Rams wised up and canned their coach. But if last Sunday's stunning win over Washington is any indication, the Rams, under their new regime, won't be holding the title of the NFL's least watchable team for very long.
Least Watchable Team With Winning Record
New York Giants. The Super Bowl champs rank a stunning 26th on the list. Examining the numbers, however, and it's easy to see why. The Giants' only game thus far against an NFC East foe, Week 1's unwatchable affair against the Redskins, looked more like a preseason game. Every other opponent (Seattle, Cincy, St. Louis, Cleveland) is among the bottom 10 on this list. Look for the Giants to make a big jump up the list with games against Pittsburgh, Philly and Dallas in the next four weeks.
Most Watchable Team With Non-Winning Record
Minnesota Vikings. We did the math on this like 10 times because we simply couldn't accept the fact a team quarterbacked by Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte could be the second most watchable team in the league. But upon a closer look, it made some sense. Four of their six games have been decided by less than a touchdown. Adrian Peterson might be the most exciting player in the league. And big things were expected by their defense, foreshadowing close games. But still, Gus Frerotte? Really? Let's see how this shakes out the rest of the season.
Week 7 Game Rankings
ONLY IF YOUR OTHER OPTION IS YARDWORK
14. Detroit at Houston, 4:05 p.m., FOX
13. Tennessee at Kansas City, 1:00 p.m., CBS
12. N.Y. Jets at Oakland, 4:15 p.m., CBS
IT AIN'T GONNA BE EPIC, BUT HEY, IT'S FOOTBALL
11. Seattle at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m., NBC
10. San Francisco at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 p.m., FOX
9. Baltimore at Miami, 1:00 p.m., CBS
8. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m., CBS
7. Dallas at St. Louis, 1:00 p.m., FOX
6. New Orleans at Carolina, 1:00 p.m., FOX
5. Minnesota at Chicago, 1:00 p.m., FOX
4. Denver at New England, 8:30 p.m. (Monday), ESPN
SUPERGLUE YOURSELF TO THE COUCH
3. Cleveland at Washington, 4:15 p.m., CBS
2. Indianapolis at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m., CBS
1. San Diego at Buffalo, 1:00 p.m., CBS