We are already in Week 12 of the 2022 NFL season, and though our Detroit Lions got off to a 1-6 start to their season, they won three-straight games before losing to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving day, and, believe it or not, they are not that far out of the final Wild Card playoff spot in the NFC. Moving forward, as we have been doing for years, we will be letting you know in our Detroit Lions Rooting Guide which teams to root for in terms of helping the Lions earn a playoff spot. We will continue doing this through the remainder of the season unless the Lions are eliminated from a playoff spot. In that case, we will shift to rooting for a higher draft pick. Here is your Detroit Lions Rooting Guide for Week 12.
Detroit Lions rooting guide: Which teams should Lions fans root for in Week 12?
First of all, the obvious (no need to list the games). Lions fans should be rooting for every AFC team to beat every NFC team in those matchups. For example, root for the Browns (AFC) to beat the Buccaneers (NFC) because the Lions only have to worry about passing NFC teams in the standings.
When it comes to NFC vs. NFC matchups, it can get a little trickier, but for the most part, it is about rooting for the team with the worse record.
Here is your Detroit Lions Rooting Guide for Week 12:
Atlanta Falcons (5-6) over Washington Commanders (6-5) - 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX)
New Orleans Saints (4-7) over San Francisco 49ers (6-4) - 4:25 p.m. ET (FOX)
Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) over Green Bay Packers (4-7) - Sunday Night Football 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
If everything goes right for the Lions in Week 12, they will be two games out of the final Wild Card spot in the NFC.
That being said, in order to get into the playoffs, the Lions will almost certainly have to win at least 5 of their final 6 games.