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Most & Least Watchable NFL Games: Week 1 Bookies Watchability Index

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Most & Least Watchable NFL Games: Week 1 Bookies Watchability Index

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An AFC Championship Game rematch.

The frozen tundra – on Thanksgiving.

Wednesday football – on Christmas. 

The latest Super Bowl 59 preview.

Those are key elements that make one NFL game more watchable than another. 

What are the most – and least – watchable games on the NFL betting schedule this season? Bookies.com will analyze the 272-game regular season schedule and ranked every NFL game based on its watchability, using an algorithm that factors in weighted point spreads, projected wins, and Super Bowl odds, plus points for the gameday atmosphere/weather, off-the-field storyline, and the game’s availability on national TV or streaming. 

Let's begin with Week 1. 

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Week 1 NFL Bookies Watchability Index

Here are all 16 games in Week 1 of the 2024-35 NFL season as ranked by the Bookies.com Watchability Index (BWI) for the upcoming NFL season. Week 1 begins on Thursday, Sept. 5, with two-time defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs playing host to the Baltimore Ravens in a rematch of the AFC title game. 

Games are listed with their time, TV, BWI score and the current spread as listed at BetMGM.

RankGameBWIDateTime (ET)TVLine
1.BAL at KC57.375Sept. 58:20 p.m.NBCKC -2.5
2.GB vs. PHI*51.5Sept. 68:20 p.m.PeacockPHI -1.5
3.LAR at DET48.625Sept. 88:20 p.m.NBCDET -3
4.DAL at CLE47.5Sept. 84:25 p.m.FoxDAL -1.5
5.NYJ at SF 45.625Sept. 9 8:15 p.m.ESPNSF -6.5
6.JAX at MIA42Sept. 81 p.m.CBSMIA -3.5
7.HOU at IND40.25Sept. 81 p.m.CBSHOU -1.5
8.PIT at ATL39Sept. 81 p.m.Fox ATL -2.5
9.LV at LAC36.25Sept. 84:05 p.m.CBS LAC -3.5
10.MIN at NYG31.25Sept. 81 p.m.FoxNYG -1
11.WAS at TB31.25Sept. 84:25 p.m.FoxTB -4
12.TEN at CHI26.625Sept. 81 p.m.FoxCHI -4.5
13.DEN vs. SEA29.625Sept. 8. 4:05CBSSEA -4.5
14.ARI at BUF29Sept. 81 p.m.CBSBUF -7
15.CAR at NO28.75Sept. 81 p.m.FoxNO -5
16. NE at CIN26.125Sept. 81 p.m.CBSCIN -8.5
  • - Denotes Game played in Brazil. 

Top Games Of The Week

The NFL season begins with a solid right hook - an AFC Championship Game rematch between the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs celebrate their fourth Super Bowl title before kickoff on Thursday, September 5, on NBC. Patrick Mahomes still has Travis Kelce and a couple of billion Swifties at his back. The Ravens and Lamar Jackson seek to score an an early edge on home field in the conference. 

The NFL then moves to the Southern Hemisphere for its second of the season. The "home" Philadelphia Eagles face the Green Bay Packers in Sao Paolo, Brazil. That game will only be available in the U.S. (outside of Philadelphia and Green Bay home markets) via the Peacock streaming app. That's sure to enrage viewers already laded with multiple subscription services. 

How We Did It

Multiple factors were used in creating an algorithm for the Bookies.com Watchability Index. Teams were given points for the following:

  • Projected Win Totals Combined Minus Win Total Disparity Between Each Team. 
  • Weighted Average of Each Team’s Odds To Win The Super Bowl at BetMGM, with the most points going to the team (Kansas City) favored to win the Super Bowl. 
  • Adjusted point spread for each game. A pick’em gets 20 points, a 1-point spread 19 points, a 2-point spread 18 points, and so on. 

Individual matchups were also awarded 3 points if they included:

  • Traditional, geographic or postseason rivalries
  • Are scheduled in prime time or in a national network slot
  • Include a major secondary storyline in addition to the game itself (i.e. Aaron Rodgers’ return to the NFL; a playoff rematch, a potential Super Bowl preview, etc.)
  • Have potential for extreme weather 
  • Ties are broken by the lowest point spread getting the higher Watchability Index ranking. 

Check back here as the season approaches once more betting lines are released for the full season. 

About the Author

Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.