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NFL playoff picture: Who to root for in Week 18 if you are a Minnesota Vikings fan

Week 18 is here and the Minnesota Vikings are on the bubble of the playoff picture. Who should Vikings fans root for to help their chances?

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Update, Sunday afternoon: The Vikings have been eliminated from playoff contention.

The Minnesota Vikings sit 10th in the NFC standings entering the final week of the 2023 NFL season with an outside shot at the playoffs. If you are a Vikings fan, you’ll have a few games you’ll be paying attention to as they look to improve their chances of a playoff berth.

Vikings vs. Lions

The Minnesota Vikings take on the Detroit Lions in an NFC North matchup this weekend. The first step to the Vikings getting into the playoffs begins with a win here. The Vikings lost to the Lions 30-24 earlier this season, and enter as 3-point underdogs at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals

Even if the Vikings win, it’s not enough. All of the following situations will need to fall into place for Minnesota to grab a Wild Card spot. In this matchup, the Cardinals must beat the Seahawks to knock Seattle out of Wild Card contention. The Seahawks are 2.5-point favorites.

Bears vs. Packers

The Bears also need to beat the Packers to knock Green Bay out of Wild Card contention. The Packers defeated the Bears earlier this season and enter as 3-point favorites. Vikings fans will have to convert to Chicago fans during this game.

Falcons vs. Saints & Bucs vs. Panthers

Finally, one of these outcomes must occur: the Panthers beat the Bucs, or the Falcons beat the Saints. This will knock an NFC South competitor out of playoff contention.