To rank the most watchable games of Week 16 in the 2012 NFL season, you need to study the updated standings and the playoff implications of every contest. A few NFL teams are contemplating starting backup quarterbacks for their first start of the 2012 season in Week 16, so that raises the curiosity factor of some games.
Week 15 was blessed with a number of great games. During a show last week on NBC's Pro Football Talk, they revealed that the Week 15 lineup was only the fourth time in NFL history that featured five games this late in the season where both teams were at least three games over .500.
Week 16 isn't so fortunate with classic battles. However, Week 16 will go a long way towards determining which teams clinch a playoff berth, who is eliminated from the playoffs and further cements the 2013 NFL draft order.
By the way, now that we have reached Week 16 on the schedule, all of the Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football games are done. We do have one Saturday night game this weekend on ESPN, as that will be the final non-Sunday game of the 2012 NFL regular season schedule.
Highlights for Week 16 include a whopping seven home underdogs, no even or pick 'em games and four games with at least double-digit point spreads.
Coming down the stretch, some teams that are out of contention will throw in the towel early. We have already witnessed four shutouts over the past two weeks. But some teams that are in contention can suddenly turn flat, as evidenced by the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers being shut out in Week 15.
All point spreads were accurate and current when this was submitted for publication. Point spreads are courtesy of ESPN.com.