Who Are Vikings Fans Cheering for Sunday? We Have Answers.

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The NFL’s Championship Sunday slate kicks off tomorrow with four teams in action. Ultimately per sportsbooks, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are favored to meet in the Super Bowl.

Who Are Vikings Fans Cheering for Sunday? We Have Answers.

But two games this weekend stand in the way of that projection, and NFL fans aplenty will watch with intrigue. Of course, the Minnesota Vikings did not reach the last weekend in January, so we polled the team’s fans about their rooting fandom.

The poll was conducted on X and was unscientific. Over 2,000 people responded. The teams are listed below in ascending order (No. 1 = the primary team Vikings fans want to win).

4. Kansas City Chiefs
10.1%

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Vikings fans — for some reason — are sick of the Chiefs. It must be the New York Yankees effect or something similar. Kansas City has won two of the last four Super Bowls and will fully effectuate a dynasty if it wins Super Bowl LVIII.

Vikings fan Rick Galbraith commented, “Add a box for ‘Anybody but KC.'”

3. Detroit Lions
11.4%

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Weirdly, Vikings fans have debated whether it’s taboo to root for the Lions for about two weeks. Most settle on Detroit as a division rival and, therefore, say no thanks to wishing the enemy well.

Vikings safety Josh Metellus even offered a little recent advice on the topic. He has no patience for the Lions love and instead asked Vikings fans to treat them like the Green Bay Packers or Chicago Bears. Earlier this week, an X app user, @JRho_11, tweeted, “STOP ROOTING FOR DIVISION RIVALS!!!”

Metellus retweeted the post in agreement and opined, “I didn’t know people did this smh. We need competition junkies not comfort seekers! Skol is all I know 💜.” Still, about one in 10 Vikings loyalists want to see the Lions prevail over San Francisco.

Minnesota has an 80-43-2 (.648) all-time record versus Detroit.

2. San Francisco 49ers
16.8%

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Minnesota had no problems with the 49ers this season, thwacking Brock Purdy and friends at U.S. Bank Stadium in October. Accordingly, the Vikings fans’ ire toward the 49ers might’ve dipped, as San Francisco checked in second via voting.

This is the easiest ride the 49ers will ever find to a conference championship — the 9-8 Packers and suddenly good Lions — so Kyle Shanahan cannot let this opportunity slip away.

1. Baltimore Ravens
61.8%

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The Ravens employ four former Vikings: Dalvin Cook, Michael Pierce, Dan Chisena, and Laquon Treadwell. This percentage is probably driven up by Cook, who signed with Baltimore three weeks ago to chase a ring.

Otherwise, Vikings fans are merely ready for new blood in the Super Bowl, and this overwhelming percentage is a byproduct of not cheering for an NFC rival while also fatigued by Kansas City’s success.

The takeaway? The majority of Vikings fans want the Ravens to advance over the Chiefs and win the chip.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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