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It is a testy team the Vikings will face Sunday in Detroit.

After a 5-0 start, the Lions are struggling to stay in playoff contention at 7-5. And there have been meltdowns.

In Week 14, the games to keep an eye on — aside from Lions vs. Vikings — are as follows: Bears at Broncos, Falcons at Panthers and Giants at Cowboys. Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas are all 7-5, whereas New York is 6-6. After the jump is info on each game and an explanation of which teams you should root for.

Ndamukong Suh will get a warm reception from defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham when he returns to the Lions Monday after serving a two-game suspension.

But Cunningham is being considerably cooler toward Jared Allen because of the disparaging comments the Minnesota Vikings defensive end made earlier in the week about the city of Detroit.

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith said it was important to test his sprained right ankle in practice today to make sure he could make certain cuts with the injury. He found out he couldn’t.

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