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JFF Fall 2014 Season

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POWER RANKINGS – Installment #7 of 9

 

 

 

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Carolina Panthers (@ MWSTheNatural) 10-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Vikings 31-23 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Saints (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Buccaneers (Week Fifteen)

Comment: The Natural has only had two games this season that were remotely ‘competitive,’ and that was his 13-10 Week One victory over Top Dawg’s JFF Bucs and his 38-30 Week Two victory over Da Kang’s JFF Lions. Well, the big NFC South ‘rematch’ has come upon us in Week Fifteen. If it weren’t for the two unexpected CPU sim losses that the JFF Panthers experienced, this game would not be important at all to Carolina. But now, because of the fact that Carolina is 10-2-0 instead of 12-0-0, this game has meaning for both teams involved.

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San Francisco 49ers (@ poefield109) 10-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Redskins 35-17 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Seahawks 28-16 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Raiders (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Seahawks (Week Fifteen)

Comment: You have to give it Mike P. a.k.a. “Cadillac.” He predicted in the JFF GroupMe Chat Room that he would get the best of Malo’s JFF Seahawks, and by golly, he sure did. JFF 49ers HB Frank Gore was held to way under his season average, accumulating only 46 yards on 22 carries, but his sub-par performance did not matter at the end. San Francisco had four different players with an interception, and two different players with forced fumbles. The interesting thing is, they turn right around and play this same Seattle squad in Week Fifteen. Will the result be different? We shall see!

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Cleveland Browns (@ VitalMindz5) 12-0-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Falcons 49-7 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Bills 34-0 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Colts (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Bengals (Week Fifteen)

Comment: In the real NFL, there is a concept known as a “bluff game.” What is a “bluff game?” This is a game where a coach ‘pretends’ as though he is showing his opponent his “A” or “A+” offensive and defensive strategies, and going all out for the win … but in actuality, he is really holding back a bit, and more so showing his opponent his “B+,” “B” or even his “B-“ game because he knows that a) his Playoff Seeding spot is pretty much secured, and b) there is a greater than 50% chance that he will see this same team in the playoffs, and he may not want his opponent to effectively ‘scout’ all of the quirks and tendencies of his offense and defense. This is the situation Kory G. and his JFF Browns find themselves in regarding their Week Fourteen match-up with the AFC South leading JFF Colts. Kory has the luxury and option of either bringing his “A” game and going all out for the win to further preserve his strong desire for an undefeated season … or, he can ‘hold back’ a bit and simply bring his “B” or “B-“ game, and show Indianapolis just enough to maybe squeak out a 3-point or 7-point victory. In other words, Cleveland has nothing much more than egotistical braggin’ rights to gain by defeating Indianapolis, but they have nothing significant to sacrifice in the event they fall to 12-1-0. Win or lose, the JFF Browns have the #1 Seed in the AFC Conference all but wrapped up unless they have some sort of unexpected “complacency collapse” against the JFF Bengals in Week Fifteen and the JFF Ravens in Week Seventeen..

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Baltimore Ravens (@ JohnnyWadd) 9-3-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Saints 41-11 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Chargers 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Dolphins (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Jaguars (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Musashi’s JFF Ravens got a much needed win against the upstart JFF Chargers, and now they have another “must win” match-up coming up in Week Fourteen against the playoff-hungry JFF Dolphins. Realistically, Baltimore has no chance of snatching away the AFC North Division title from the undefeated JFF Cleveland Browns, but in the next few games, they can make sure that they solidify their chances of securing the #5 Seed or #6 Seed, because they have the JFF Cincinnati Bengals and the JFF Houston Texans right behind them ready to take their place in the AFC Playoffs.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ UNCLE___SAM) 9-3-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Bears 28-13 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Bengals 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Lions (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Panthers (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Talk about AN IMPORTANT WEEK!! There are a few teams who have a “Do or Die” scenario in Week Fourteen and Week Fifteen, and Top Dawg’s JFF Tampa Bay Buccaneers unfortunately are one of those teams. The Week Fourteen match-up with Da Kang’s JFF Lions is a “must win” game for both teams. If Detroit loses to Tampa Bay, their faint chances of earning a playoff berth in the NFC Playoffs will have abruptly ended. Assuming Tampa Bay gains a victory over Detroit, then they have to turn around and go right back into battle versus The Natural’s high-powered JFF Carolina Panthers. In a nutshell, if Tampa Bay goes 2-0 this week, they will be in great shape; If they defeat Detroit, and lose to Carolina (or vice versa), they will still be in relatively good shape; If they go 0-2 this week, they just might be watching the NFC Playoffs as a non-participating spectator.

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Indianapolis Colts (@ ModeOne4Ever) 10-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Jaguars 42-24 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Redskins 56-13 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Browns (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Texans (Week Fourteen)

Comment: There is a saying that goes, “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?” The “unstoppable force” is the JFF Indianapolis Colts #1 ranked rushing offense, which has averaged just under 254 rushing yards per game in its first twelve games overall as well as a league-leading 197 rushing yards per game average in their 6 games against strictly human opponents. The “immovable object” is the JFF Cleveland Browns #1 ranked rushing defense, which has allowed an average of just under 57 yards rushing yards per game by their first twelve opponents (in six games against human-user teams only, Cleveland has also allowed an average of just under 57 rushing yards per game). In other words, no team in the league does a better job of gaining rushing yards on their opponents than the JFF Colts, and no team in the league does a better job of stopping the run than the JFF Browns. Should be a good game.

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Seattle Seahawks (@ SamoanK1NG) 9-3-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Cardinals 31-10 (Week Twelve); Lost to the JFF 49ers 28-16 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Eagles (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF 49ers (Week Fifteen)

Comment: What a week, huh? First, Malo’s JFF Seahawks not only defeat Damian P.’s JFF Arizona Cardinals, but they beat them decisively (as in a winning margin of 3 touchdowns). All Seattle had to do was knock off San Francisco in the very next game, and they would be on their way to becoming the NFC West Division Champions. Well, unfortunately, things did not quite work out that way. The JFF Seahawks lost to the JFF 49ers, and now the league’s most ultra-competitive division (with the AFC East being a close second) is turned all upside down. You see, the JFF Cardinals beat the JFF 49ers, but then the JFF Seahawks beat the JFF Cardinals … and then, as mentioned, the JFF 49ers beat the JFF Seahawks. In other words, each of the three human-user teams in the NFC West are 1-1. Can this division play out any better? Hands down, this is the most entertaining divisional race in The JFF. If each team plays their cards right, ALL THREE of these teams could earn a playoff berth.

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Arizona Cardinals (@ INGLEWOODD) 10-2-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Seahawks 31-10 (Week Thirteen); Defeated JFF Falcons 14-10 (Week Fourteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Chiefs (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Rams (Week Fifteen)

Comment: As the saying goes, “And the hits just keep on coming.” As if things could not get any worse for Damian P. after his very surprising and disappointing loss to the JFF Lions in Week Twelve, the JFF Arizona Cardinals suffered their most decisive loss of the season to their NFC West division rival JFF Seattle Seahawks, and now Arizona might find themselves in somewhat of a “rut.” Luckily, they get to play three straight CPU-controlled teams to get back on track before finally playing both of their NFC West Division rivals in Week Sixteen (Seattle) and Week Seventeen (San Francisco). No doubt, the NFC West and the AFC East have the most dramatic “three-division-rivals-still-competing-with-each-other-for-a-playoff-spot” scenarios than other divisions in the league. Stay tuned!

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Houston Texans (@ deuce1413) 7-5-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Bengals 21-0 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Titans 43-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Jaguars (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Colts (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Some might mistakenly think that the JFF Houston Texans have no chance at earning an AFC playoff berth given the fact that they have five losses (Cincinnati and Houston have more losses than any of the other teams who are currently ranked in the Power Rankings), but the reality is this: If the JFF Texans knock off the JFF Colts in Week Fifteen and then defeat the JFF Ravens in Week Sixteen, they are all but guaranteed a spot in the AFC Playoffs. If they lose to one of those teams, they would still have a chance, but it would be significantly more challenging given the fact that Buffalo and New England would have the upper hand, not to mention Baltimore. If Houston loses to both Indianapolis and Baltimore, they can start popping the popcorn and get ready to watch The JFF Playoffs on Twitch TV!

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Cincinnati Bengals (@ rbbpaperwalls) 7-5-0

Most Recent Results: Lost to the JFF Texans 21-0 (Week Twelve); Lost to the JFF Buccaneers 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Steelers (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Browns (Week Fifteen)

Comment: What an unfortunate week for Rob’s JFF Bengals. They got shut out by the surging JFF Texans in Week Twelve, and then they lost a relatively close game in their inter-conference match-up with Top Dawg’s JFF Buccaneers. And to complicate things even worse, they still have to play their AFC North Division rival, the JFF Cleveland Browns, a second time. Nice. Now, they are in a position where they cannot just “win out.” They are going to need ‘help’ from other teams in order to earn a playoff berth. Assuming Cincinnati loses to Cleveland, they would need to defeat Denver in Week Sixteen, and then hope that 1) Baltimore loses to Miami, Houston, and Cleveland and/or 2) Buffalo loses to Denver, Green Bay, and New England and/or 3) New England loses to San Diego, Miami, and Buffalo. What an uphill climb these poor JFF Bengals have. We’ll see what happens.

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San Diego Chargers (@ jayqeezy) 8-4-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Rams 9-6 (Week Twelve); Lost to the JFF Ravens 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Patriots (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Broncos (Week Fifteen)

Comment: There are only four teams in the league that have yet to allow a human opponent to score 30 or more points against them: Cleveland, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and San Diego. The most points a human opponent has scored against the JFF Chargers defense has been 21 points – lowest in the league behind the JFF Colts 23 points – but unfortunately, 21 points is all the JFF Ravens needed to defeat the JFF Chargers in Week Thirteen. If Jon Jon’s San Diego squad bounces back this week and goes 2-0, then the AFC West title is pretty much theirs. Both games are important to both teams though, so both of San Diego’s opponents will be hungry for victory. Both are “must win” games for New England and Denver.

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Philadelphia Eagles (@ Queesdoe812) 8-4-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Titans 30-24 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Cowboys 14-10 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Seahawks (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Cowboys (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Well, well, well . . . looks like Que showed some serious heart and competitive spirit just when he really needed to. Truth? This Website Manager and Story Editor had just about given up on the JFF Philadelphia Eagles, and was ready to all but crown the JFF Dallas Cowboys the NFC East Division Champions. Philadelphia essentially said to Yours Truly … “Uhm, not so fast.” The Week Thirteen victory over Dallas was HUGE, but the thing is, now Philadelphia has to turn around and go up against Seattle and Dallas a second time in three games. Are they ready for the challenge? Are they motivated by the challenge? Last season … no one thought Que could knock off Mike Ruiz’s JFF N.Y. Giants in the NFC Playoffs. I mean, NO ONE. But he did. This young man has shown that he has the heart of a competitor.

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New England Patriots (@ SLIMDAWG1979) 8-4-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Lions 38-20 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF Packers 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Chargers (Week Fourteen); vs. JFF Dolphins (Week Fifteen)

Comment: New England … like Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Tampa Bay … is a team that is right on the borderline between being definitely in the playoffs, and more-than-likely out of the playoffs. If New England defeats San Diego, Miami, and Buffalo, they are the AFC East Division Champions. If they win at least two of those three games, they will still be in good shape to earn either the #5 Seed or the #6 Seed in the AFC. If they lose two of those three games, or all three, they can get the Hot Air Popcorn machine ready to watch The JFF Playoffs on Twitch TV! We’ll see what happens.

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Miami Dolphins (@ JoshHimself) 10-2-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Broncos 29-9 (Week Twelve); Defeated JFF N.Y. Jets 31-23 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Ravens (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Patriots (Week Fifteen)

Comment: On paper, Josh’s JFF Miami Dolphins are 10-2-0, but technically, they are 10-3-0 because of an upcoming Auto Pilot forfeit loss they will suffer against the JFF Minnesota Vikings in Week Sixteen because of a Week Ten-related schedule violation. What that upcoming third loss means is that they must defeat the JFF Ravens in Week Fourteen, and even more importantly, the JFF Patriots in Week Fifteen. The AFC East has the second-best “three-way-race” for playoff spots in the league next to the ever-so-competitive NFC West. Buffalo, Miami, and New England all still have a shot at being Division Champs … or being out of the playoffs completely. We shall see!

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Dallas Cowboys (@ TD33DORSETT) 8-4-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF N.Y. Giants 41-13 (Week Twelve); Lost to the JFF Eagles 14-10 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: AT JFF Bears (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Eagles (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Cliff’s JFF Dallas Cowboys have now suffered their second steep drop in The JFF Power Rankings after losing for the second time this season to a team that was previously unranked. If Dallas would have swept Philadelphia, the NFC East Division title would be theirs for the taking. Now, the JFF Cowboys will have their fingers crossed that the JFF Seahawks will knock off the JFF Eagles in order to help them be in a position to gain revenge in their Week Fifteen match-up. If Dallas misses out on the NFC Playoffs, this would mark the first time in JFF Online League history that a defending Super Bowl Champion participated in the league for an entire season, but failed to earn a playoff berth the following season after winning it all.

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Green Bay Packers (@ BarNone12000) 8-4-0

Most Recent Results: Defeated JFF Vikings 31-7 (Week Twelve); Lost to the JFF Patriots 21-14 (Week Thirteen)

Next Up: vs. JFF Falcons (Week Fourteen); AT JFF Bills (Week Fifteen)

Comment: Tim Dog recently found himself engaged in a high degree of lighthearted ‘trash talk’ with the likes of The Natural, Kory, Josh and one or two others in The JFF GroupMe Chat Room. Allegedly, the knock on Tim Dog’s offensive strategy is that he uses the same five or six plays for the entire game (some hardcore ‘sim’ leagues do not even allow their members to use the same four or five plays for an entire game; the counter-argument is, if your opponent cannot stop your Top 5 offensive plays, why use more?) Green Bay needs Detroit and Minnesota both to lose at least one more time before they can officially claim the NFC North Division title. Crucial inter-conference game coming up in Week Fifteen against the playoff-hungry JFF Bills.

 

 

Teams that dropped out of the Power Rankings in this installment:

 

JFF Buffalo Bills

JFF Detroit Lions

 

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