In my next-to-last installment of The JFF Power Rankings, I will highlight the Week Sixteen and Week Seventeen contests that have major playoff implications.

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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 #16 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

JFF Baltimore Ravens AT JFF Houston Texans 4.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Patriots: This game could decide if the JFF Baltimore Ravens end up as the #5 Seed or the #6 Seed. If Baltimore wins this game, they are virtually guaranteed to earn no lower than the #6 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If Baltimore loses this contest, and then loses their Week Seventeen contest to Cleveland, they might be out of the playoff picture altogether.

What’s at stake for the JFF Texans: This game is extremely crucial to the fading playoff hopes of the JFF Houston Texans. Plain and simple, if Houston loses this game they would have no chance at earning a playoff berth. If Houston wins this game, they would still need some ‘help’ from one or more other teams.

Week #17 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

1 – JFF Buffalo Bills AT JFF New England Patriots 2.5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bills: The JFF Bills need to win in order to keep their hopes alive of claiming the AFC East Division title. If they lose this contest, they will drop down from the #5 Seed to the #6 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF Patriots: The JFF New England Patriots absolutely, positively HAVE TO WIN this contest. If they lose this game, they are eliminated from AFC Conference playoffs contention.

2 – JFF Cleveland Browns AT JFF Baltimore Ravens 1.5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Browns: This Week Seventeen match-up with the JFF Ravens is essentially meaningless for the JFF Browns. Cleveland already has the #1 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs wrapped up.

What’s at stake for the JFF Ravens: If the JFF Baltimore Ravens defeated the JFF Houston Texans in Week Sixteen, and the JFF Buffalo Bills lose to the JFF New England Patriots in Week Seventeen, then Baltimore would move up to the #5 Seed, and Buffalo would end up as the #6 Seed.

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Week #16 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

1 – JFF Green Bay Packers AT JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Packers: This match-up is very important to the JFF Green Bay Packers because if they win this game, they will have wrapped up the NFC North Division title. If they lose this contest, then Green Bay would have to defeat the JFF Detroit Lions in order to clinch the NFC North Division crown.

What’s at stake for the JFF Buccaneers: The JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to win this game in order to secure either the #5 Seed or the #6 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs. If Tampa Bay loses this game, they might lose the opportunity to participate in the NFC Conference playoffs.

2 – JFF Seattle Seahawks AT JFF Arizona Cardinals 3 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Seahawks: Seattle is not in a good position, and have been all but eliminated from contention for an NFC playoff berth. Their only hope is for Green Bay to defeat Tampa Bay in their Week Sixteen contest. With an Auto Pilot Forfeit loss looming in Week Seventeen, Seattle’s chances of earning an NFC playoff berth are not looking good.

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Week #17 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

3 – JFF Philadelphia Eagles AT JFF N.Y. Giants 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Eagles: 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 N.Y. Giants: 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.

1 – JFF Arizona Cardinals AT JFF San Francisco 49ers 3.0 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Cardinals: This game could be nicknamed the “NFC West Division Championship Game.” Basically, the winner of this contest will be the NFC West Division Champion. The loser of this contest will become either the #5 Seed or the #6 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF 49ers: If the JFF 49ers are able to get revenge for their only loss to a human user, they will become the #1 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs and the NFC West Division Champions. If San Francisco loses to Arizona, then the JFF 49ers would have to settle for the #5 Seed in the NFC.

2 – JFF Detroit Lions AT JFF Green Bay Packers 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Lions: The JFF Detroit Lions have been mathematically eliminated from contention for an NFC playoff berth, but that does not mean that they do not have the opportunity to play ‘spoiler’ and potentially prevent the JFF Green Bay Packers from earning a playoff berth.

What’s at stake for the JFF Packers: If the JFF Green Bay Packers lose to the JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week Sixteen, then this Week Seventeen contest with Detroit becomes crucial. They must win, because if Green Bay loses to both Tampa Bay and Detroit, then the JFF Minnesota Vikings could claim the NFC North Division title.

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Week #16 – Crucial Inter-Conference Games

JFF Indianapolis Colts AT JFF Dallas Cowboys 3.0 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Colts: This game is important to the JFF Colts if they want to solidify their grip on the #3 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs, and have a chance at maybe even moving up to the #2 Seed in the AFC. If Indianapolis loses this game, and San Diego wins their Week Sixteen contest, then San Diego could gain the #3 Seed and Indianapolis would have to settle for the #4 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Cowboys: Cliff’s JFF Cowboys absolutely have to win this game in order to secure the NFC East Division title. If Dallas loses this game, and Philadelphia defeats the JFF N.Y. Giants in Week Seventeen, then Philadelphia would become the NFC East Division Champions.

JFF San Diego Chargers AT JFF San Francisco 49ers 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Chargers: If the JFF Colts lose to the JFF Cowboys during Week Sixteen competition, then this Week Sixteen match-up between the JFF Chargers and JFF 49ers becomes important for San Diego. If San Diego wins in Week Sixteen and Indianapolis loses, then San Diego would gain the inside track on the #3 Seed in the AFC as opposed to the #4 Seed. If San Diego loses this game and Indianapolis wins their Week Sixteen contest, then San Diego would not be able to claim anything higher than the #4 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF 49ers: Cadillac and his JFF 49ers must win this game to keep their hopes alive of winning the NFC West Division title. If they lose this contest, San Francisco would have to settle for the #5 or #6 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

JFF Cleveland Browns AT JFF Carolina Panthers 1.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Browns: This game carries no importance at all to Kory’s JFF Cleveland Browns. They have already wrapped up the #1 Seed throughout the AFC Conference playoffs, so even if they lose this game, it will not cause them to drop down from their current playoff seeding.

What’s at stake for the JFF Panthers: This game does carry some degree of importance for The Natural’s JFF Panthers. Carolina could end up as either the #1 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs or the #2 Seed. If Carolina loses to Cleveland, the JFF Panthers would more-than-likely end up as the #2 Seed in the NFC.

Playoffs Monetary Rewards announced by The JFF League Commmissioner

Unlike the past two seasons, league members who win at least one playoff contest will earn a monetary reward at the end of the playoffs. All cash rewards will be paid out via PayPal.com to qualified league members no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.

Here is a list of the earnings for each playoff winner:

Super Bowl Champion (1) – $150.00 cash reward
AFC Conference Champion (1) – $90.00 cash reward
NFC Conference Champion (1) – $90.00 cash reward
AFC Divisional Round Winners (2) – $50.00 cash reward (each)
NFC Divisional Round Winners (2) – $50.00 cash reward (each)
AFC Wild-Card Round Winners (2) – $10.00 cash reward (each)
NFC Wild-Card Round Winners (2) – $10.00 cash reward (each)
AFC #1 Seed and #2 Seed (2) – $15.00 cash reward for Division Title
AFC #3 Seed and #4 Seed (2) – $5.00 cash reward for Division Title
NFC #1 Seed and #2 Seed (2) – $15.00 cash reward for Division Title
NFC #3 Seed and #4 Seed (2) – $5.00 cash reward for Division Title

Total payout: $650.00**

**All cash rewards will be paid out via PayPal.com sometime between Wednesday, December 17, 2014 and Friday, December 19, 2014

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