The NFL playoff picture is just about set, but there are a couple of details still to be worked out in Week 17. So let's whip out the Mora Scale one more time to take a look at which Sunday games will have a direct impact on this year's p-p-playoffs:
FOUR MORAS: Games with major playoff implications for both teams
Minnesota Vikings (10-5) at Green Bay Packers (10-5): The NFC North title game! Yes, both teams are in, but this game determines in which frozen outpost the game will be held if they play again in the playoffs -- which could happen as early as the following week. No truth to the rumor that the teams might conspire to tie and hold the playoff game in Honolulu instead. A tie gives the division to Green Bay, though the "reward" could be a first-round date with the Seahawks while the loser goes to Washington.
THREE MORAS: Games of potentially vital importance to one of the teams
New York Jets (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (7-8): The Jets are in a win-and-in situation on the road against their old coach, who would love to keep them out. But this is a revenge game for Ryan Fitzpatrick, too, right? The Bills are one of his former teams. Heck, who isn't?
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) at Cleveland Browns (3-12): After slipping on a banana peel last week in Baltimore, the Steelers now need a win and a Jets loss to get in. If Pittsburgh really is "the team no one wants to see in the playoffs," Johnny Football has a chance to make sure no one does.
Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) at Houston Texans (8-7): The Texans are almost certain to win the AFC South even if they lose. The Colts would need a half-dozen miracles to change that. But a win here by Houston means the Texans are in clean, that the AFC South champion does have a winning record and that foul-mouthed sorcerer Bill O'Brien still has a chance to play four playoff games with four different starting quarterbacks.
Tennessee Titans (3-12) at Indianapolis Colts (7-8): Indianapolis can still win a third straight AFC South title. Really, it can. All it needs is to win and then have the Texans, Bengals, Chargers, Jets, Saints, Chiefs, Patriots and Browns all lose. The league will throw in the partridge in a pear tree.
TWO MORAS: Games with important seeding implications for one of the teams
Baltimore Ravens (5-10) at Cincinnati Bengals (11-4): Baltimore did its division rivals a solid last week, knocking off Pittsburgh to clinch the AFC North for Cincinnati. But the Bengals need to avoid the same upset fate if they're to have hope of getting next week off and giving Andy Dalton's thumb more time to heal.
San Diego Chargers (4-11) at Denver Broncos (11-4): Denver steals that bye from Cincinnati with a win, but without it the Broncos could still end up a wild-card team. The team right behind them in the AFC West hasn't lost since October.
Oakland Raiders (7-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (10-5): Speaking of which, here is that team. Kansas City has won nine in a row and if it makes it 10 and the Broncos slip up at home against the Chargers, the Chiefs are your AFC West champions after a 1-5 start. This Andy Reid guy has a chance to make something of himself as a coach in this league.
ONE MORA: Yes, there are seeding implications here, but you wish your team had such problems
New England Patriots (12-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-10): Contrary to what you might have thought, home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs is not awarded to the Patriots at the start of every season. They need to win this game or have the Broncos lose in order to lock it up this year.
Seattle Seahawks (9-6) at Arizona Cardinals (13-2): Crazy stat of the week: The Cardinals have more touchdowns (57) than punts (55). The next-closest teams in that realm are Carolina and Pittsburgh, each of whom has 14 more punts than touchdowns. Give them home field in the NFC at your own peril.