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Each Thursday, we'll rank the games from least to most watchable. The following Tuesday, we'll re-rank the games based on what actually went down. At season's end, we'll tally up the pre- and post-game rankings from throughout the year to determine the league's most and least watchable squads -- and the 30 teams in between. All times Eastern.

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Tyler Thigpen
Tyler Thigpen is K.C.'s third different starter in three weeks.
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16. Kansas City at Atlanta, 1:00 p.m., CBS

We wouldn't watch this game if Yancey Thigpen was the Chiefs' starting QB, much less Tyler.

15. St. Louis at Seattle, 4:05 p.m., FOX

How bad is it in St. Louis? This is one of the most popular threads on the ClanRams.com message board.

14. Cincinnati at N.Y. Giants, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Sorry Giants fans, but your team keeps getting penalized for playing bad ball clubs. Let us know when Carson Palmer returns to 2005 form, then maybe we'll tune in.

13. Miami at New England, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Joey Porter did his best to spice up this game, but the Pats' no-mistake offense against a Dolphins team searching for an identity does not make for compelling television.

 

IT AIN'T GONNA BE EPIC, BUT HEY, IT'S FOOTBALL



12. Tampa Bay at Chicago, 1:00 p.m., FOX

Now that Devin Hester is gimpy, the two most exciting players in this game are Earnest Graham and Matt Forte. And they will be facing two of the best run defenses in the league. Not a lot to get excited about.

11. Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 4:15 p.m., CBS 

If we made the Week 3 list before the season, this would have been a no-brainer No. 1. But now, it reeks of mediocrity. Line problems have both offenses struggling. We'll check back in on this rivalry in December.

10. Detroit at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m., FOX

Attention fantasy footballers: Get your Niners and Lions in your lineups. The Lions rank 32nd in defense, allowing 41 points per game; the Niners are 27th, allowing 26.5. Expect to see this game pop up a lot on DirecTV's Red Zone channel.

Chris Johnson
Rook Chris Johnson has been a ball of energy for the Titans.
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9. Cleveland at Baltimore, 4:15 p.m., CBS

Fans of Derek Anderson may want to watch this one: Could be his last start if the Browns lose. Cleveland's sense of urgency to avoid 0-3 plus a well-rested Ravens team still high on its Week 1 win equals a game worth watching.

8. Houston at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Even without Vince Young, the Titans are turning into a watchable bunch. Hyperactive rookie running back Chris Johnson is all over the field and, even when he's on the sideline, you've got the swarming Titans defense to admire. Plus these two division rivals don't exactly like each other.

7. Oakland at Buffalo, 1:00 p.m., CBS

Half the country should be tuning in just to familiarize themselves with the Bills, the most surprising of the 2-0 teams. And everybody likes a train wreck, which is what the Lane Kiffin/Al Davis saga has turned the Raiders into.

6. Arizona at Washington, 1:00 p.m., FOX

We have no idea who is going to win this game. Are the Redskins the team that played in Week 1 or Week 2? Is Kurt Warner-to-Anquan Boldin this year's Tom Brady-to-Randy Moss? The watchability lies in the uncertainty.

5. Carolina at Minnesota, 1:00 p.m., FOX

If our favorite team was trying to avoid an 0-3 start, we could think of a million other quarterbacks we'd rather have try to salvage our season than Gus Frerotte. Still, it'll be fun to watch him try against the unbeaten Panthers.

4. N.Y. Jets at San Diego, 8:30 p.m. (Monday), ESPN

Two weeks, two nail-biters for the Chargers. Now, Captain Excitement himself, Brett Favre, comes to town. And it's always fun to see which ethnic group Tony Kornheiser will offend next.

 

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Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers got significant time last year against Dallas.
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3. New Orleans at Denver, 4:05 p.m., FOX

You know how baseball games in Denver are higher-scoring than games in other locales because of the Rocky Mountain air? Same principle applies here. Drew Brees vs. Jay Cutler with a couple coaches unafraid to air it out. The over/under is 51. If betting were legal, you could make your money by halftime.

2. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m., CBS 

Of the states featuring two or more NFL teams -- California, Ohio, Missouri, New York, Texas, Florida -- Pennsylvania features the best hands down. Keystone State pride is on the line in this interconference showdown. Big Ben is ailing, taking some of the luster off. And if Donovan McNabb isn't careful, the Steelers defense could leave him in a similar state after Sunday.

1. Dallas at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m., NBC

Might need to nickname this The Saddle Slot for how often the Cowboys have parked themselves here (three times in three weeks). But 2-0 vs. 2-0 on primetime in the cathedral of professional football is a no-brainer.

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