Detroit Lions NFL Week 14 Rooting Guide: Who Should We Root For?
It’s that time of year when enough games have played out that other teams’ wins and losses can make the difference when it comes to our beloved team making it to the playoffs. So, when my friends and family ask me why I’m watching football all day and night on Sunday, not just the Detroit Lions, I can tell them that, no, I don’t have a football problem, and I’m actually doing it because all of the games matter. Okay, maybe I do have a football problem, but let’s keep that between us. So, who should Detroit Lions fans root for to win and lose in the upcoming games? Here’s your Detroit Lions NFL Week 14 rooting guide, looking at four key games.
Detroit Lions NFL Week 14 Rooting Guide
Las Vegas Raiders over Minnesota Vikings, 4:05 p.m. Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada
While I’m usually a Vikings fan, I’m definitely rooting for them to fall to the Raiders this weekend. Every time the Vikings lose, the Lions get closer to snagging the NFC North. The Vikings started out strong, even after losing Kirk Cousins, but have fallen the past few weeks. Still, this game will have receiver Justin Jefferson back, which will help the Vikings. The Raiders are, well, the Raiders, though, so I’m not exactly expecting Las Vegas to pull off a win.
Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. Sunday in Santa Clara, California
San Francisco is hot, and they’re coming off that massive win against the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend. The 49ers have nothing to prove, but they did lose several games in a row earlier this season, so they need to keep winning. When you look at the 49ers’ recent wins, including over Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Seattle and the aforementioned Philadelphia, they look tough to beat right now, plus they have Brock Purdy. Even so, I’m backing the Seahawks 100%, and you should, too, if you’re a Lions fan. I mean, how great would it be for the Lions to not have to play the 49ers on the road in the second round of the playoffs?
Dallas Cowboys over Philadelphia Eagles, Game details: 8:20 p.m. Sunday in Arlington, Texas
This is a tough one. I’m a big Jalen Hurts fan, but I’m loyal to the Lions above anyone else. If the Cowboys win this weekend, Dallas and Philadelphia would be tied at the top of the NFC East. While the Lions don’t really care which team wins the NFC East, if the Eagles lose this game, it would result in a four-way tie at the top of the NFC standings. Go Lions!
New York Giants over Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. Monday in East Rutherford, New Jersey
This is an obvious one. Always root against the Packers! Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. But, the Packers (and Vikings) are three games behind the Lions in the NFC North, so if they lose, that will certainly help the Lions. Listen to my NFL podcast, “The Squad with Anne Erickson,” below, and reach out to me here.