Ranking the most watchable games of Week 17 of the 2012 NFL regular season will focus on contests that reveal the identity of the final two playoff teams that qualify for postseason play. As of now, we know 10 of the 12 teams after the games from Week 16 were wrapped up.
The schedule maker wanted the Week 17 games to matter, so all 16 games are being played against division rivals. We will rank the games that determine the final playoff spots the highest and then work our way through the games that will ultimately determine the final playoff seeds.
There will also be mention of players that are trying to reach a specific milestone, and who is leading in specific categories coming into the final week.
Week 17 has all games being played on Sunday, the way that the NFL used to be scheduled before the creation of Monday Night Football.
There are only four games where both teams have a winning record. Those are Houston at Indianapolis, Green Bay at Minnesota, Baltimore at Cincinnati and Dallas at Washington.
Week 17 offers up three home underdog games, five games with double-digit spreads, and three even or pick 'em games. All point spreads were accurate as of the time this went to publication, and the spreads are courtesy of ESPN.com.