Every week at RoughingThePasser we’re doing a set of themed NFL conccept helmets for our power rankings. This week… we’re taking a shot at COVID. Regardless of where you sit on vaccines or masks or any of the rest of it, I think we can all agree on one point… COVID sucks. Personally I’ll never forget Lambeau leaps into empty stands, and I have relished every loud crowd at every d@mn game. So this week, our helmets are all in that vein… “COVID sucks”. While there’s nothing funny about a pandemic that took hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans from us, we’re gonna do what football fans do… we’re going to belch, flip the d@mn virus off, and make fun of it.
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1. Buffalo Bills (1-1)
Beat Miami 35-0
In a week where there were some defensive statements made across the league, the Bills was clearly the loudest. In fact, that 35-0 score was mainly a compilation of that D and the Dolphins playing horribly. The Bills O hasn’t found its groove at all yet, but it’s a long season. That D gives them plenty of time to figure it out.
2. Tompa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)
Beat Atlanta 48-25
I mean… come on, Tom. Still winning Super Bowls at 60? Fine. Not like you’ve got enough rings. But still tossing out 5 TD games? Greedy b@stard.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)
Lost to Baltimore 36-35
The Browns and Ravens both laid out the blueprint for beating Kansas City this year in week 1 and 2. Fortunately for the Chiefs, there are only a handful of teams in the league who can actually execute that game plan.
4. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)
Beat Indianapolis 27-24
SO now we’ve seen the Rams version of Matthew Stafford against a good D on the road. Not much else to say beyond this.. 2-0. The committee running game seems to be working… this might be the best all around team in the league early on. We’ll find out next week with Tompa Bay coming to town.
5. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Beat Minnesota 34-33
The more I watch Kyler Murray the more I like the little guy. He kind of reminds me of a pint sized Brett Favre. Every game there are plays you have to rewind three times to see if the guy actually just did that…. and a couple where you disgustedly ask yourself.. “Did he actually just do that?” The kid is a gunslinger, through and through. And with A;J. Green integrating the way he is… that Cards O is scary. The revamped D wasn’t exactly impressive against Minnesota, and that’s why this isn’t an elite team yet. There are, however, going to be weeks where they outscore elite teams
6. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
Beat Kansas City 36-35
The 3 most important words in beating the Chiefs? Time Of Possession. The only way to stop them is to win that war… Which the Ravens did. Lamar Jackson was d@mn near a one man show… and showed in one game just how far he’s really come.
7. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Beat Detroit 35-17
So apparently it just took the Packers a couple of weeks to get situated. They were dominant in the second half, and you could see as the game went on that their swagger was returning. But this was Detroit; we’ll see how much progress has really been made with a trip to San Francisco on deck.
8. San Francisco 49ers (2-0)
Beat Philadelphia 17-11
The 49ers D is unquestionably back, and every bit as good as they were in 2019. Other than the 90 yeard play in the first half, they basically dominated this entire game. The offense, though… was anemic at best. The Eagles D dominated them in similar fashion in the first half, and Philly’s D isn’t great. It’s not even really good. So the question is… when to the calls for Trey Lance start?
9. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)
Lost to Dallas 20-17
The Chargers worst enemy is… the Chargers. They gave this game away in more ways than are worth isting. How many TDs did they have called back.. 6 or 7? It seemed like every time they did something right they followed by shooting themselves in the foot.
10. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Beat Houston 31-21
Baker reminds me of an old Woody Hayes quote… “Only three things can happen when you pass, and two of them are bad.” I do think Hayes would have loved the Browns running game. When the Browns lean on that ground attack, they’re legit Super Bowl contenders. When they have to lean on Baker… not so much.
11. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Beat Seattle 33-30
It’s safe to say Julio Jones has arrived in Nashville. What the Titans seemed to forget in the first half is that with or without Jones, this offense runs through Travis Henry. They remembered in the second half, and you see what happened.
12. Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)
Beat Pittsburgh 26-17
Two weeks, two upsets… maybe it’s time to start paying attention to Chucky’s crew. David Carr was absolutely brilliant; to beat a D as good as the Steelers, you have to stay patient, take your they give you…and, when playing the Steelers, the hits… and wait for the one or two openings you’ll see. He did all of that. And now the Raiders are 2-0.
13. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Beat New Orleans 26-7
The Sam Darnold haters are eating their words. Sure, the guy made a few bonehead plays under pressure, but he’s been running for his life for 3 years up in New York. But as he’s still settling in, the Panthers are 2-0.
14. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
Lost to Tennessee 33-30
It’s really hard to win an NFL game giving up 500 yards. The fact that Seattle was even in this game is a literal testament to the greatness of #3.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
The Colts were a popular playoff pick coming into 2021, but with the possibility of an 0-3 start looming it seems we have another example of “Ok, he’s not the answer” at QB… again.
16. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Beat Jacksonville 23-13
Realizing it was only the Giants and Jags the Broncos beat, they still look pretty d@mn good through 2 weeks. And if Bridgewater stays healthy, he may just land himself in a Pro Bowl’ 4k yards and 30 TDs is actually a reasonable outcome. And with this D… that might be enough to make the Broncos a playoff team.
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