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Friday open thread: Is it okay to root for the Vikings in the playoffs?

Can a Lions fan put aside their NFC North rivalry hatred during the postseason?

Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Earlier in the week, we polled Detroit Lions fans to ask who they were rooting for to win Super Bowl LII: the Patriots, Jaguars, Vikings or Eagles. It’s not all that surprising that the Jacksonville Jaguars—the lovable underdogs—won the poll with 33 percent of the vote.

What was surprising, however, was who came in second place. NFC North division rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, pulled in a surprisingly-high 27 percent of the votes.

The results spawned some contentious debate in the comment section. Like this:

Or this:

So today, let’s end the debate. Today’s Question of the Day is:

Is it okay to root for the Minnesota Vikings to win Super Bowl LII?

My answer: I’m not one to tell you the one and only proper way be a Detroit Lions fan. I think you should do whatever your heart feels.

In my situation, I don’t have too much of a problem with it, especially considering the other choices. No one with a soul wants to see another Patriots win. The last thing the NFL needs is Philly fans with more of a sense of entitlement. And while the Jaguars are entertaining and the underdogs, there’s something about their obnoxious confidence that feel amateurish.

And if you’re a pragmatist, there’s actually reason to root for the Vikings that benefits the Lions. The farther the Vikings go in the playoffs, the lower their draft pick. The lower the draft pick, (theoretically) the worse their draft selection. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it’s true.

So I, personally, put aside the divisional rivalry when only one NFC North team is left in the postseason.

... actually, that’s not true at all. If it were the Packers or Bears, I’d be actively rooting against them. I just don’t hate the Vikings on that level.

Your turn.


Is it okay to root for the Vikings in these playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    (438 votes)
  • 33%
    (220 votes)
658 votes total Vote Now

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