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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13. Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m., CBS
Politically, Ohio is a battleground state and all eyes will be on it come November. Football-wise, Ohio is a playground state and you'd be better off hiding your eyes from this elementary-school battle.
12. Denver at Kansas City, 1:00 p.m., CBS
Sure, there will be points aplenty, but there won't be anything you can't wait for the Sunday night highlights for.
11. Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00 p.m., CBS
Excuse us if the Matt Schaub-Sage Rosenfels battle and the Jags' anemic offense doesn't have us making a beeline for the remote.
IT AIN'T GONNA BE EPIC, BUT HEY, IT'S FOOTBALL
10. Buffalo at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m., CBS
This game looks like a stinker since the Rams looked so overmatched during their first three games. But we're not sold on the Bills, especially on the road against a team that's made some changes in the hopes of getting its first win. Of course, that could just be the Steven Jackson fantasy owner in us talking.
9. San Diego at Oakland, 4:05 p.m., CBS
Give Lane Kiffin credit: The Raiders are a fourth-quarter defensive stand away from being 2-0 since the reports about his impending firing started flowing. The Black Hole will be raucous as this game is sold out and we expect the Chargers to have their hands full in trying to get claw back to .500.
8. Arizona at N.Y. Jets, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Kurt Warner vs. Brett Favre: Insert cliched old man/AARP/walker joke here. If you can stomach the nursing home yuks, you should see a pretty good game. Vegas thinks so, too, setting the spread at 1.5 points.
7. San Francisco at New Orleans, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Both teams like to air it out, so don't be shocked to see 700 yards of passing combined. The Saints are still without Marques Colston and now Jeremy Shockey, so the Niners come in smelling an opportunity to notch their signature win.
6. Atlanta at Carolina, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Two of the three leaders in the NFC South -- whodathunkit? The Falcons have pounded on some patsies (Lions and Chiefs) and here's their chance to prove they can do it against a real contender.
5. Philadelphia at Chicago, 8:15 p.m., NBC
Remember when the hot rumor was Donovan McNabb to Chicago? This game would have been four spots higher had that gone down. Regardless, this one should be a doozy with the Eagles facing a difficult defense for the second week in a row. If Philly's without Westbrook, Chicago could pull this off.
4. Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1:00 p.m., FOX
The Bucs proved to be a watchable bunch in last week's thriller against the Bears. Watching Aaron Rodgers do his best Steve Young impression has been a highlight of the first three weeks. Put the two together and you've got yourself an attention-keeper.
SUPERGLUE YOURSELF TO THE COUCH
3. Minnesota at Tennessee, 1:00 p.m., FOX
We've admittedly been offense-heavy in these rankings for the first few weeks, so we thought it was time to throw defensive play a bone. No one's been better on that side of the ball than the Titans, especially against the run. Seeing how they gameplan for Adrian Peterson and company makes for must-see TV.
2. Washington at Dallas, 4:15 p.m., FOX
The Cowboys have owned the Superglue category through four weeks, but this game's watchability has just as much to do with the Redskins. Who is this team? Is it the one that laid an opening-night egg in East Rutherford, or is it the one that rebounded with two straight wins? We're betting on the latter, which should make this already intense rivalry even better.
1. Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (Monday), ESPN
Sure, there's a good chance Joe Flacco will need a wheelchair after the game with the way the Steelers defense has been playing. But the Ravens defense always plays well in prime time. And if Joe can stay cool under the glare of the MNF spotlight, Baltimore could make things interesting against the banged-up Steelers.