This Sunday, we don't get to watch Minnesota Vikings football, as they participated in the Thursday night contest. However, there's still going to be a lot of NFL action taking place for everyone to keep an eye on, and some of the games will impact the Vikings in their pursuit of the 2015 NFL post-season. A lot of the games that we have interest in are relatively obvious, but we're going to go ahead and outline everything that connects to the Vikings here in one place.
Games of concern to the Vikings, in order of importance*
* - Order of importance based on my personal perceptions. Your mileage may vary.
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers: Go Cowboys
Yes, I know that the thought of cheering for the Cowboys is going to make some people queasy, but hey. . .the enemy of my enemy and all that. A loss for Green Bay drops them back into a tie with the Vikings, while the Cowboys winning would just add to the dumpster fire that is the NFC East.
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Go Saints
If cheering for the Cowboys makes you queasy, cheering for the Saints should make you downright nauseous. Still, at this point it would appear that the Buccaneers pose the biggest threat to the Vikings' potential wild card hopes with Atlanta fading the way they have been.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers: Go Panthers
Carolina keeping their undefeated season rolling would just about put the final dagger into the Falcons' post-season hope. They would be 6-7, trailing the 8-5 Vikings by two games and the head-to-head tiebreaker, meaning they'd have to win out while the Vikings would have to lose out.
Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens: Go Ravens
The Seahawks have officially been relegated to the Wild Card race, as Arizona clinched the NFC West with their win over the Vikings on Thursday. With the Seahawks holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Vikings, if the Vikings want the #5 seed and a trip to the NFC East champions (if they don't win the NFC North first), they need to stay ahead of Seattle.
Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears: Go Redskins
Seriously, it's not as though you were cheering for the Bears in this one anyway, right?
Most of the other games on the NFL schedule for Week 14 don't really have a whole lot of impact on Minnesota. The game between the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles and the Monday Night game between the New York Giants and the Miami Dolphins will mostly impact the NFC East, and nobody from that division is going to be getting the Wild Card anyway.
But, that's what we're looking at for Sunday's football action, ladies and gentlemen. Hopefully, since the Vikings didn't get the win on Thursday night, we can get most of the results we want on Sunday to soothe things a little bit.