This installment of The JFF Power Rankings centers on the very competitive races for the various playoff seeds. There are 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 Oakland Raiders AT JFF New York Jets 4.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Raiders: This game is very, very crucial to the playoff hopes of Musashi’s JFF Raiders. The JFF Raiders MUST win this game in order to have a chance at winning the AFC West Division title. If Oakland loses this game, the battle for the AFC West Division title will become a two-team race between Denver and Kansas City instead of a three-team race that includes Oakland.

What’s at stake for the JFF N.Y. Jets: Plain and simple, Tyson’s JFF N.Y. Jets have to go undefeated in their last four games, and then hope that the JFF Baltimore Ravens knock off both the JFF Denver Broncos and the JFF Kansas City Chiefs. New York is probably one, no more than two more losses away from being mathematically eliminated from contention for a berth in the AFC Conference playoffs.

2 – JFF Miami Dolphins AT JFF Cleveland Browns 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Dolphins: Josh and his JFF Miami Dolphins need to win this game in order to keep Miami’s chances alive of earning either the #5 Seed or the #6 Seed in the AFC Conference playoffs. If the JFF Dolphins lose, they would have to win all of their remaining three games in order to earn a playoff berth.

What’s at stake for the JFF Browns: Kory G’s JFF Cleveland Browns now only have a one-game lead over the JFF Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North Division, therefore, Cleveland needs to win this game in order to maintain their chances of earning the #2 Seed or #3 Seed as opposed to the #5 Seed in the AFC Conference Playoffs.

Week #15 – Crucial Games in the AFC Conference

1 – JFF New York Jets AT JFF Miami Dolphins 5 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF N.Y. Jets: If Tyson’s JFF New York Jets are able to defeat the JFF Oakland Raiders in Week Fourteen, and Josh’s JFF Miami Dolphins lose to the JFF Cleveland Browns in Week Fourteen, then this game becomes extremely crucial to the playoff hopes of New York. In this situation, this would be a MUST-WIN contest.

What’s at stake for the JFF Dolphins: If Josh’s JFF Miami Dolphins are able to knock off the JFF Cleveland Browns in Week Fourteen, then this contest is important … but not urgent. But … if Miami loses to Cleveland in Week Fourteen, and New York knocks off Oakland, then this game if of extreme importance.

2 – JFF Kansas City Chiefs AT JFF Baltimore Ravens 4 stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Chiefs: This game is important for both teams, but particularly, Kansas City. Kruz’s JFF Kansas City Chiefs simply cannot afford to fall even one-game behind the JFF Denver Broncos in the AFC West Division. Kansas City needs to remain tied with or one-game ahead of the Denver.

What’s at stake for the JFF Ravens: James’ JFF Baltimore Ravens needs for Miami to defeat Cleveland in Week Fourteen, and if that happens, then this match-up with Kansas City becomes very important regarding Baltimore’s chances of claiming the AFC North Division title.

2 – JFF Denver Broncos AT JFF Cincinnati Bengals 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Broncos: Afroman’s JFF Broncos must win this game, and cannot underestimate and/or overlook Haywood’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals. An ‘upset’ loss would severely hurt Denver’s chances of earning a berth in the AFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF Bengals: Haywood’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals are no longer in contention for a playoff berth, but they are in a position to play the role of “spoiler” in the AFC. If Cincinnati wins this game, it would very hurt Denver’s chances of claiming the AFC West Division title.

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Week #14 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

1 – JFF Dallas Cowboys AT JFF Philadelphia Eagles 4.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Cowboys: Cliff’s JFF Dallas Cowboys absolutely, positively HAVE TO win this game if they want to have a chance at claiming the NFC East Division title. If Dallas loses this contest, their playoff hopes will be dashed.

What’s at stake for the JFF Eagles: Que’s JFF Eagles definitely hold the upper-hand going into this contest, but they must win this game to solidify their position as the NFC East leader. If Philadelphia wins this game, they would come very close to clinching the NFC East Division title.

2 – JFF Washington Redskins AT JFF Chicago Bears 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Redskins: For Papa Swag’s JFF Washington Redskins, this is absolutely a MUST WIN game if they want to have a chance at stealing away the NFC East Division title from the JFF Philadelphia Eagles. More-than-likely, if Washington loses this game, their hopes of earning a berth in the NFC Conference playoffs will be squashed.

What’s at stake for the JFF Bears: Rza and his JFF Chicago Bears have already clinched the NFC North Division title, so they are assured of no lower than the #4 Seed in the NFC. Chicago’s motivation to win this game would be to move up from their current position as the #2 Seed to possibly the #1 Seed in the NFC.

2 – JFF Arizona Cardinals AT JFF Seattle Seahawks 3 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Cardinals: Damian’s JFF Arizona Cardinals still have an outside chance of earning a Wild-Card berth in the NFC Conference playoffs. If Arizona wins all four of their remaining games, and San Francisco loses at least three of their last four contests, and also Philadelphia and Dallas lose at least one of their four remaining games, then Arizona would earn the #6 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs. At bare minimum, they are in a position to play the role of “spoiler” for their remaining opponents.

What’s at stake for the JFF Seahawks: Shane and his JFF Seattle Seahawks need to win this contest in order to solidify their position as the NFC West Division leader. If Seattle loses this game, then they would open the door for San Francisco to re-claim the NFC West Division title.

Week #15 – Crucial Games in the NFC Conference

3 – JFF Philadelphia Eagles AT JFF Washington Redskins 4 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Eagles: If Que’s JFF Philadelphia Eagles defeat the JFF Dallas Cowboys in Week Fourteen, then this game is not quite as important for Philadelphia. But if Dallas knocks off Philadelphia in Week Fourteen, then Philadelphia absolutely, positively MUST WIN this game to have a chance at winning the NFC East Division title.

What’s at stake for the JFF Redskins: Papa Swag must hope that Dallas wins the match-up between the JFF Cowboys and JFF Eagles in Week Fourteen. If that does indeed happen, then this Week Fifteen contest becomes crucial, and Washington MUST WIN this game. Then they must hope that San Francisco and Dallas lose some key games down the stretch.

4 – JFF San Francisco 49ers AT JFF Chicago Bears 3 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 Chicago, they absolutely must defeat Seattle in Week Sixteen, and then hope that Seattle loses at least one other contest.

What’s at stake for the JFF Bears: This game is not “crucial” or “urgent” for Rza’s JFF Chicago Bears, but if Chicago wants to move up from the #2 Seed to the #1 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs, winning this game will very much benefit them.

5 – JFF Carolina Panthers AT JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Panthers: Whomever wins this game will more-than-likely become the NFC South Division Champions. Even if The Natural’s JFF Carolina Panthers lose this contest, they would more-than-likely earn the #5 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

What’s at stake for the JFF Buccaneers: If Top Dawgg’s JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers win this Week Fifteen contest with The Natural’s JFF Carolina Panthers, they would achieve a season sweep of Carolina and they would be on their way to claiming the NFC South Division title. If Tampa Bay loses, they would still be in good shape toward earning the #5 Seed in the NFC Conference playoffs.

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Week #14 – Important Inter-Conference Games

JFF Cincinnati Bengals AT JFF San Francisco 49ers 3.5 Stars

What’s at stake for the JFF Bengals: Haywood’s JFF Cincinnati Bengals have been mathematically eliminated from contention for a playoff berth in the AFC Conference playoffs, but they are still in a position to play the role of “spoiler.” If Cincinnati defeats San Francisco, they would definitely cause damage to the JFF 49ers chances of winning the NFC West Division title.

What’s at stake for the JFF 49ers: This is a “must win” contest for Cadillac and his JFF San Francisco 49ers, especially if they want to end the season as NFC West Division Champions for the second season in a row. San Francisco cannot afford to underestimate Cincinnati at all.

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