Today we pose the question not how good your NFL team is, but how watchable it is?
There are many things that make an NFL team watchable. Some are positive – talented playmakers, record-setting quarterbacks, solid defenses – while some are more negative, yet still compelling.
Things like coaches who mis-manage games, quarterbacks who can’t hit a target or teams that specialise in blowing fourth quarter leads can all make a team exciting to watch.
After five weeks of play, here are the 32 teams ranked in order of watchability.
The top 10
Super exciting offense, solid defense and the best young coach in the business.
Mahomes. Hill. Creativity on offense. The possibility of Andy Reid mis-managing a game. What’s not to like?
Compelling viewing every week, especially if you’ve seen Hard Knocks. Who doesn’t want Baker Mayfield and Co. to succeed?
Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and a supercharged offense, plus the zaniest fans in the NFL.
Philip Rivers is always entertaining and few teams know how to blow a game like the Chargers.
Used to be watchable to see how many unsportsmanlike conduct flags they’d get, now they’re just plain watchable.
Cam Newton at his best, plus Christian McCaffrey and ‘Riverboat Ron’ Rivera coaching makes for some quality viewing.
No Le’Veon Bell has hurt their watchability factor, but Big Ben and Antonio Brown can still deliver.
Fun young team…and Khalil Mack makes the defense as good as any in the league.
Whether it’s ‘trainwreck TV’ with Pete Carroll or watching the electric Russell Wilson, the Hawks are worth a look.
Aaron Rodgers makes the Pack worth watching. And after missing five kicks, maybe Mason Crosby does too.
Have started slowly but once Carson Wentz gets back on track, they should be entertaining again.
Always intriguing, not necessarily exciting. And of course, there’s ol’ Smiley Belichick.
Can put up some points…but can also settle for field goals like few others can.
Should be better once Cousins settles in. He will, won’t he?
Plenty of entertainment value in Jon Gruden’s anguished face.
Decent value: Watson scrambling, Hopkins catching, O’Brien bumbling.
Would be higher if they had a decent offensive coordinator.
Better than expected – Andrew Luck can still provide some quality.
The Fitzmagic Era is probably over, so not nearly as much excitement.
Some good rookie runners and Von Miller, but hard to get excited about Case Keenum.
If you like watching good D and a predictable O, this is your team.
Hard to Stomach
Difficult to watch for about a decade.
At least Saquon and OBJ are worth watching. But that’s about it.
Could easily move up with more efforts like last week’s win over Denver.
Alex Smith more of a game manager and AP well past his prime.
At least their uniforms look better.
Ryan Tannehill running the show – need I say more?
What Else Is On?
Predictable. Inefficient. Ugly.
Loss of Jimmy Garoppolo has really hurt them.
Josh Rosen will be fun to watch…in a year or two.
Somehow they’ve won two games, but watching them is a real grind.