All eyes on the Patriots at the Denver Broncos

Sun, Dec 18

Just as the NFL puts out an injury report on the likelihood that certain players will suit up each week (Probable, Questionable, Doubtful or Out), we rate the NFL schedule on the likelihood that games will be worth watching. Because let's face it, you can't watch them all.

"PROBABLE" Game of the Week New England at Denver.

New England with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are 1-5 against Denver, but the Patriots shouldn't resign themselves to another defeat, because that record was assembled against legends such as Jake Plummer and Kyle Orton, who are no longer with the club. … The Patriots may have found another unorthodox defensive back -- seen here next to Danny Woodhead -- for Bill Belichick's unpredictable schemes.

"QUESTIONABLE" Game of the Week: Baltimore at San Diego.

As usual the cold weather of December finds Norv Turner firmly planted on the hot seat; momma didn't raise no fool. … The Saints have the Who Dat saying, while the Bengals have Who Dey. The Ravens, who've been 4-0 without Ray Lewis, would be wise to trademark, "Who Needs Ray?" before someone else does.

"DOUBTFUL" Game of the Week: Seattle at Chicago.

The Bears have lost three straight games, all to the AFC West, and now face an even tougher foe: The reigning NFC West champions. With a win, Seattle will tie last year's win total and make Pete Carroll's two-year tenure an unqualified success.

"OUT" Game of the Week: Green Bay at Kansas City.

Among the first moves by new Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel was a shake up in the quarterback depth chart. Former starter Tyler Palko has been dropped to third string, and Kyle Orton has been promoted to starter. Adjust your fantasy rosters accordingly.