How do you define a bad game? Personally, I don't necessarily think the worst games on a week-to-week basis are always blowouts. I define a bad game as one you couldn't pay me to watch, and at least with a blowout one team obviously plays well. When two terrible teams face off, that is my idea of an awful game.
Week 13 of the NFL season has two such games and both will be nationally broadcast in prime time.
On Thursday night the 4-7 Philadelphia Eagles travel to Seattle to face the 4-7 Seahawks. With quarterback Michael Vick and receiver Jeremy Maclin both out for the Eagles things could get very ugly offensively.
In two games with Vince Young at quarterback Philadelphia has scored a total of 37 points. That's not good when you consider the weapons at his disposal, but it might be enough to get by the hapless Seahawks.
Seattle has the league's 30th ranked offense (averaging 294.1 yards per game) and the Seahawks are averaging a dismal 16.8 points per game (26th in the league).
This might be one of the worst games of the season, and while I picked the Eagles to win 24-14, I'm not sure either team will score that much. I will avoid watching this one at all costs.
On Monday night we will be treated to a horrendous matchup when the 4-7 San Diego Chargers—who are likely to jettison their head coach after the season—travel to Jacksonville to face the 3-8 Jaguars who just fired theirs. I don't know if there has been a Monday night game I've cared less about in the history of the program, and I am a Chargers fan.
Both teams are just so bad and have woefully underachieved that there is virtually no reason to tune in to this game.
I've got the Chargers winning 28-24 but I wouldn't bet a nickel on that. San Diego has been so awful during its current six-game losing streak that almost anything is possible.