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NFL Week 14 Sunday Schedule and Packers Fans' Rooting Guide

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Here's what's going on this Sunday and who Packers fans should be supporting.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here are the games on the NFL's schedule for Week 14, many of which will have significant impacts on the playoff races in both conferences. In the AFC, the Baltimore-Pittsburgh matchup will have a big say in those two teams' seedings, while Houston-New England will also be a critical game for the involved teams and others.

In the NFC, the East division currently features a three-way tie at the top, while a pair of teams in the South division are hoping to climb back into the playoff hunt.

Here's your schedule for this week.

Early Games

12 noon Central

Buffalo Bills at Philadelphia Eagles

Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, PA
CBS

Who to root for: That depends on who you'd rather have in the playoffs. Philly is tied with Washington and the Giants for the NFC East lead. On the chance that the Packers end up with the 5th seed, I'd rather see a date with Washington on the schedule for Wild-Card weekend, so I'll be cheering for the Bills on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns

FirstEnergy Stadium
Cleveland, OH
FOX

Who to root for: 49ers. San Francisco has no realistic shot at a playoff spot, and a win here hurts their draft position for next year.

Detroit Lions at St. Louis Rams

Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, MO
FOX

Who to root for: It's a battle of 4-8 teams who are both on the Packers' schedule. A Detroit win would give them a worse draft pick, so let's go with that.

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Raymond James Stadium
Tampa, FL
FOX

Who to root for: Bucs. The two 6-6 NFC teams (Tampa and Atlanta) need to start winning if they want to unseat either Minnesota or Seattle as a Wild-Card team. If the Packers win the North, I'd certainly rather play one of these NFC South teams in round one than a rematch with the Vikings or Seahawks.

Tennessee Titans at New York Jets

MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
CBS

Who to root for: There's still a slim chance that the Jets could overtake the Patriots for the NFC East crown. Let's pull for that to happen. Sorry, Tennessee fans.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, OH
CBS

Who to root for: Like other AFC games, this doesn't affect the Packers. Cheer for a high-scoring game to help out your fantasy players.

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

EverBank Field
Jacksonville, FL
CBS

Who to root for: Jaguars, because chaos in the other conference is fun. A Jaguars win would put them a game back of Indy and would keep them alive in the division race.

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO
CBS

Who to root for: Take your pick.

Washington at Chicago Bears

Soldier Field
Chicago, IL
FOX

Who to root for: Let's go with Washington here, as they appear to be the most appealing matchup of all the NFC East teams. Plus, watching the Bears lose is always fun.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
FOX

Who to root for: Falcons. We've been pulling for a Panthers loss all season, plus see the note above about the Buccaneers - hopefully Atlanta or Tampa could steal a playoff spot away from Minnesota or Seattle.

Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens

M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, MD
FOX

Who to root for: Baltimore, for obvious reasons.

Afternoon Game

3:05 PM Central

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Denver, CO
CBS

Who to root for: Oakland. When all else is equal, cheer for Charles Woodson.

Sunday Night Football

7:30 PM Central

New England Patriots at Houston Texans

NRG Stadium
Houston, TX
NBC

Who to root for: Houston.