This is the next-to-last installment of The JFF Power Rankings, and this edition will again center on the very competitive races for the various playoff seeds. There are a few games remaining in JFF Week Sixteen and JFF Week Seventeen that have major playoff implications.

What are the Week #16 and Week #17 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 bold):

5-Star = The team that loses in this particular match-up will be eliminated from JFF playoffs contention
4-Star = The team that loses in this particular match-up is one loss away from being eliminated from JFF playoffs contention
3-Star = The team that loses in this particular match-up will concede the division title to one of their three division rivals
2-Star = The team that loses in this particular match-up will possibly drop down to a lower seed in either 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

1 – JFF Kansas City Chiefs AT JFF Pittsburgh Steelers 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Chiefs: If Shady’s JFF Chiefs lose this game, they would still maintain their current spot as the #2 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If Kansas City wins this game, and Cincinnati loses to Denver, then the JFF Chiefs would move up to the #1 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Steelers: This contest is extremely crucial to the playoff hopes of Dman’s JFF Pittsburgh Steelers. If Pittsburgh wins this game, then they would be guaranteed a playoff berth in the AFC Conference playoffs, and Houston and New England would be eliminated. If Pittsburgh loses this game, then their Week Seventeen ‘rematch’ with Shane’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals would become a “must win” contest for Pittsburgh.

2 – JFF Denver Broncos AT JFF Cincinnati Bengals 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Broncos: Kory G and his JFF Denver Broncos need to win this contest if they want to move up from the #6 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs to the #5 Seed. If Denver loses, more-than-likely they would enter the AFC Conference playoffs as the #6 Seed.

What’s at stake for the JFF Bengals: Right now, Shane’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals occupy the #1 Seed in the AFC Conference playoff seeding, and if they win against both Kory G’s JFF Denver Broncos in Week Sixteen and Dman’s JFF Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Seventeen, they will guarantee themselves the #1 Seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC Conference playoffs.

Week #17 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

1 – JFF Cincinnati Bengals AT JFF Pittsburgh Steelers 4.5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bengals: If Cincinnati knocked off Denver and Kansas City got the best of Pittsburgh in Week Sixteen, then Shane’s JFF Bengals only need to defeat Dman’s JFF Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week Seventeen ‘rematch’ contest in order to maintain the #1 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If Denver defeats Cincinnati and Pittsburgh pulls off an ‘upset’ victory in Week Sixteen, then this Week Seventeen contest becomes crucial to Cincinnati for them to claim the AFC North Division title and avoid a Wild-Card entry.

What’s at stake for the JFF Steelers: Dman’s JFF Pittsburgh Steelers absolutely, positively MUST win this AFC North Division match-up. Either to win the division, or at minimum, to earn a Wild-Card playoff berth. It Pittsburgh loses to Kansas City in Week Sixteen and then loses to Cincinnati in Week Seventeen, and then New England knocks off Buffalo for the second time this season in Week Seventeen, then Pittsburgh would be eliminated from JFF playoffs contention.

2 – JFF Buffalo Bills AT JFF New England Patriots 4.5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bills: Air’s JFF Bills have already clinched the AFC East Division title, but they need to win this game in order to solidify their hold on the #3 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If Buffalo loses, they could drop down to the #4 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Patriots: This game is extremely crucial to the playoff hopes of Andrew’s JFF New England Patriots. If the JFF Patriots win this game, and the JFF Pittsburgh Steelers lose to Kansas City in Week Sixteen and lose to Cincinnati in Week Seventeen, then New England would become the #6 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If New England loses this game, then they would be officially eliminated from JFF playoffs contention.

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Week #16 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

1 – JFF Seattle Seahawks AT JFF Arizona Cardinals 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Seahawks: Cadillac’s JFF Seahawks need to win this game to officially claim the NFC West Division title. If Seattle loses this game, then Arizona could claim the division title if they win by a margin of 31 points or more. Right now, Seattle is the #3 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF Cardinals: Damian’s JFF Arizona Cardinals not only need to win this game, but they must defeat Seattle by at least 31 points or more to claim the NFC West Division title. If Arizona loses, they will be relegated to the #5 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs, and more-than-likely they would match-up against Dallas in the opening round of the NFC Conference playoffs.

2 – JFF Green Bay Packers AT JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2.0 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Packers: Currently, Tim Dog’s JFF Green Bay Packers are the #1 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs, and if they defeat Tampa Bay, they would earn home-field advantage throughout the course of the NFC Conference playoffs. If Green Bay loses this game, they would drop down to the #2 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF Buccaneers: Top Dawgg’s JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to win this game if they have any hopes of moving up from the #2 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs to the #1 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs. If Tampa Bay loses this game, they would maintain the #2 Seed in the NFC.

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Week #16 – Important Inter-Conference Games

JFF Indianapolis Colts AT JFF Dallas Cowoboys 1.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Colts: Champ’s JFF Indianapolis Colts are currently the #4 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs, but if Indianapolis defeats Dallas and New England knocks off Buffalo in Week Seventeen, then Indianapolis would move up to the #3 Seed in the AFC. If the JFF Colts lose to the JFF Cowboys, they would remain the #4 Seed in the AFC.

What’s at stake for the JFF Cowboys: Cliff’s JFF Dallas Cowboys are currently the #4 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs and they have very little chance of moving up (or down) from their current position. If Dallas loses this contest, they would still be able to claim the NFC East Division title.

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