This installment of The JFF Power Rankings centers on the very competitive races for the various playoff seeds. A lot of games coming up in JFF Week Fourteen and JFF Week Fifteen that have major playoff implications.

What are the Week #14 and Week #15 games that have the most potential impact on AFC and NFC playoffs seedings? Below are some of the human user vs. human user games that have a high degree of playoff implications

Urgency Rating (next to each match-up, in parentheses):

5-Star = If one of the two teams involved in the match-up loses, they are definitely eliminated from JFF playoffs contention
4-Star = If one of the two teams involved in the match-up loses, they are one additional loss away from missing The JFF Playoffs entirely
3-Star = If one of the two teams involved in the match-up loses, they run the risk of relinquishing the division title to one of their three division rivals
2-Star = If one of the two teams involved in the match-up loses, they run the risk of dropping down to a lower seed in the AFC Conference Playoffs or the NFC Conference Playoffs
1-Star = Neither team involved in this match-up is at risk of missing the playoffs, or dropping down to a lower seed, if they lose

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Week #14 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

1 – JFF New England Patriots AT JFF San Diego Chargers 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Patriots: This game is very, very crucial to the playoff hopes of Andrew’s JFF Patriots. In a nutshell, he absolutely MUST win this game in order to have a chance at winning the AFC East Division title, or at minimum, earning the #5 or #6 Seed. If New England loses this game, Andrew’s chances of earning a playoff berth fall somewhere between ‘slim’ and ‘none.’

What’s at stake for the JFF Chargers: Jon Jon needs to win two of his next three games in order to claim ownership to the #4 Seed in the AFC; If he loses to the JFF Patriots, it gives DMan’s JFF Broncos a reasonable chance at ‘stealing’ away the #4 Seed from the JFF Chargers in Week Fifteen.

2 – JFF Buffalo Bills AT JFF Denver Broncos 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bills: Erick a.k.a. “Kruz Kontrol” needs to defeat the JFF Broncos in order to have a chance at ‘stealing away’ the AFC East Division title from the JFF Dolphins. At minimum, they need to win this game in order to gain firm ownership over the #5 or #6 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Broncos: This contest is extremely crucial to the fading playoff hopes of DMan’s JFF Broncos. Put simply, if Denver wins … their hopes of still earning a playoff berth and even winning the AFC West Division title are still alive. If Denver loses … their chances of earning a playoff berth will be pretty much eliminated.

3 – JFF Baltimore Ravens AT JFF Miami Dolphins 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Ravens: After Week Thirteen, Musashi’s JFF Ravens are currently on track to earn the #5 Seed in the AFC Playoffs. The game against the JFF Dolphins is important to solidify his position. On the other hand, if Baltimore loses to Miami, then they could drop to the #6 Seed as well as give more hope to New England and Houston.

What’s at stake for the JFF Dolphins: Josh has an Auto Pilot forfeit loss coming up in Week Sixteen, so he absolutely has to beat Baltimore in order to keep his hopes alive of claiming the AFC East Division title. If Miami loses this game, then it gives both Buffalo and New England a chance at winning the AFC East Division title.

4 – JFF Indianapolis Colts AT JFF Cleveland Browns 2 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Colts: If Air Attack’s JFF Colts want to avoid having to play a First Round AFC Wild-Card game, and have a chance at earning the #2 Seed in the AFC or even the #1 Seed, they must win this game. If Indianapolis loses, they will still more-than-likely earn a playoff berth, but they would probably end up being the #3 Seed or the #4 Seed at the end of the Regular Season and would have to participate in the Wild-Card Round.

What’s at stake for the JFF Chargers: Kory’s JFF Browns are in great shape, and losing to the JFF Colts would not necessarily jeopardize their chances of maintaining the #1 Seed in the AFC (even if Cleveland loses to both Indianapolis and Carolina, they would still earn the #1 Seed in the AFC). Cleveland only needs to win this game as a means of potentially finishing the Regular Season as the only undefeated team in the league.

Week #15 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

1 – JFF Denver Broncos AT JFF San Diego Chargers 4.5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Broncos: Assuming DMan’s JFF Broncos defeated the JFF Bills in Week Fourteen, they would then absolutely have to knock off the JFF Chargers to have any chance at earning the #4 Seed and the AFC West Division title. If Denver loses to both Buffalo and San Diego, they would be mathematically eliminated from AFC playoffs contention.

What’s at stake for the JFF Chargers: If Jon Jon’s JFF Chargers lose to the JFF Patriots in Week Fourteen, then this Week Fifteen match-up with the JFF Broncos will be of huge importance. If San Diego defeats New England in Week Fourteen, this this contest will not be as important to San Diego as it would be to Denver.

2 – JFF Miami Dolphins AT JFF New England Patriots 4 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Dolphins: This Week Fifteen match-up with the JFF Patriots is essentially the “AFC East Division title game.” With a Week Sixteen Auto Pilot forfeit loss to the JFF Vikings looming over his head, Josh must win this game. If Miami loses this game, they might have to settle for the #5 or #6 Seed instead of the #2 or #3 Seed.

What’s at stake for the JFF Patriots: Andrew and his JFF Patriots absolutely MUST win this contest if they want a chance at winning the AFC East Division title. If New England loses, their chances of earning an AFC playoff berth might just be over.

2 – JFF Cincinnati Bengals AT JFF Cleveland Browns 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bengals: Rob and his JFF Bengals absolutely must win this game in order to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. If Cincinnati loses, they will essentially be eliminated from AFC playoffs contention.

What’s at stake for the JFF Browns: If Cleveland loses to Indianapolis in Week Fourteen, this game becomes important to Kory’s JFF Browns in terms of having his claim on the #1 Seed in the AFC playoffs being ‘stolen’ away from him. If Cleveland defeats Indianapolis in Week Fourteen, then this AFC North match-up does not really mean much.

4 – JFF Houston Texans AT JFF Indianapolis Colts 3 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Colts: If Air Attack’s JFF Colts defeat the JFF Browns in Week Fourteen, then this contest with the JFF Texans will not carry as much importance because Indianapolis will have essentially clinched the AFC South Division title and no worse than the #4 Seed in the AFC Playoffs. If Indianapolis loses to Cleveland in Week Fourteen, then this game becomes a very important game, and could potentially determine which team wins the AFC South Division.

What’s at stake for the JFF Texans: Deuce and his JFF Texans will be rooting for the JFF Browns in Week Fourteen, because if Cleveland wins, then this Week Fifteen match-up with the JFF Colts becomes an extremely important game. If Houston was to win all four of their remaining games, and Indianapolis loses in Week Fourteen, Week Fifteen, and Week Sixteen, then the JFF Texans would be in a position to claim the AFC South Division crown. If Houston loses to Indianapolis, their best hope is a chance at the #6 Seed in the AFC playoffs.

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Week #14 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

1 – JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers AT JFF Detroit Lions 4.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Buccaneers: If Top Dawg’s JFF Bucs have any chance at ‘stealing away’ the NFC South Division title from The Natural’s JFF Panthers, they must win in both Week Fourteen and Week Fifteen. If Tampa Bay loses, the best they could hope for would be the #5 Seed or #6 Seed in the NFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Lions: Ato’s JFF Lions absolutely, positively MUST win this game in order to have a chance at ‘stealing away’ the NFC North Division title from Tim Dog’s JFF Packers. If Detroit loses, their chances of earning a playoff berth are all but over.

2 – JFF Seattle Seahawks AT JFF Philadelphia Eagles 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Seahawks: This game is crucial to the playoff hopes of Malo’s JFF Seahawks in the ultra-competitive NFC Conference. Seattle must win this game to have a chance at the NFC West Division title, and at minimum, the #5 Seed or #6 Seed. If Seattle loses, they will have a definite uphill climb at earning an NFC playoff berth.

What’s at stake for the JFF Eagles: Que and his JFF Eagles absolutely need to win this game in order to improve their chances of winning the NFC East Division title. If Philadelphia loses to Seattle, and then loses to Dallas in Week Fifteen, then they would be pretty much eliminated from NFC playoffs contention.

Week #15 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

3 – JFF Dallas Cowboys AT JFF Philadelphia Eagles 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Cowboys: Cliff’s JFF Cowboys absolutely need to win this game, particularly if the JFF Eagles defeat the JFF Seahawks in Week Fourteen. If they lose this contest, their chances of winning the NFC East Division title will be pretty much over.

What’s at stake for the JFF Eagles: If Que’s JFF Eagles lost to the JFF Seahawks in Week Fourteen, then they absolutely must win their second match-up with the JFF Cowboys. If Philadelphia loses to both Seattle and Dallas, then they will be eliminated from NFC Playoffs contention.

4 – JFF San Francisco 49ers AT JFF Seattle Seahawks 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF 49ers: Cadillac’s JFF 49ers need to win this game to have a chance at clinching the NFC West Division title. If San Francisco loses to Seattle, they absolutely must defeat Arizona in Week Seventeen in order to clinch the NFC West Division title.

What’s at stake for the JFF Seahawks: This game is absolutely crucial to Malo and his JFF Seahawks. Seattle absolutely must win this game over San Francisco to not only have a chance at winning the NFC West Division title, but to even secure an NFC Playoffs berth period.

5 – JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers AT JFF Carolina Panthers 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Buccaneers: If Top Dawg’s JFF Buccaneers lose to the JFF Lions in Week Fourteen, then this Week Fifteen match-up with The Natural’s JFF Panthers would become of HUGE importance. Even if Tampa Bay defeats Detroit, this NFC South Division match-up is important to both teams.

What’s at stake for the JFF Panthers: The Natural had the misfortune of experiencing two CPU sim losses via the league advance, so now they have treat the Week Fifteen match-up with Tampa Bay with more importance.

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Week #15 – Crucial Inter-Conference Games

JFF Green Bay Packers AT JFF Buffalo Bills 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Packers: If the JFF Lions lose to the JFF Buccaneers in Week Fourteen, then this Week Fifteen match-up between Tim Dog’s JFF Packers and Kruz Kontrol’s JFF Bills is not as important to Green Bay. IF Detroit pull off the upset over Tampa Bay, then Green Bay’s match-up with Buffalo becomes extremely important.

What’s at stake for the JFF Bills: Kruz and his JFF Bills must win this game to keep their hopes alive of winning the AFC East Division title, or at minimum, earning the #5 or #6 Seed in the AFC playoffs. If Buffalo loses to Green Bay, then would be potentially one additional loss away from missing the playoffs altogether.

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