There are two ways to look at the whole Myles Garrett/Mason Rudolph Helmet-Swing-Gate (yeah, I know, it’s a terrible name): either it’s an indictment of a violent game ... or it’s a hell of a tailgate party trick.
Cleveland fans, never ones to revel too long in misery, have devised a brilliant little game that’s either a sign of a town willing to laugh, a town infuriated by Rudolph’s incitement, or a town indifferent to the depravity that was Garrett’s act. As always, you can decide for yourself which it is:
Cleveland fans obviously have little patience for the Steelers, the NFL or Mason Rudolph himself. Garrett’s all-of-2019-and-counting suspension has enraged the Browns faithful, right up to owner Dee Haslam.
Week 12 NFL power rankings
Week 12 NFL power rankings
32. Washington Redskins
Last week: 30th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Jets, 34-17
Week 12 opponent: vs. Detroit Lions
One thing to know: Dwayne Haskins broke a streak of 15 quarters without a passing touchdown by throwing two in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, his best play of the day didn't count because of a holding penalty. Baby steps in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
31. Cincinnati Bengals
Last week: 32nd
Week 11 result: Lost to the Raiders, 17-10
Week 12 opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
One thing to know: Winless through 10 games, the first-year head coach is likely starting to get anxious about getting his first win before the end of the season. Thankfully, with games against the Browns, Jets, and Dolphins still left on the schedule, all hope is not yet lost.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)
30. New York Giants
Last week: 31st
Week 11 result: Bye
Week 12 opponent: at Chicago Bears
One thing to know: The Giants would love to win a few more games down the stretch, but to do so, they'll need to be healthy. Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram are all battling various ailments, leaving Daniel Jones with little support.
(AP Photo/Steven Ryan)
29. Miami Dolphins
Last week: 28th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Bills, 37-20
Week 12 opponent: at Cleveland Browns
One thing to know: While the Dolphins have been planning for next year all season, the front office is not waiting until the draft to lock in talent for their next campaign, signing wide receiver Allen Hurns to a two-year, $8 million extension this week.
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28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week: 24th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Saints, 34-17
Week 12 opponent: at Atlanta Falcons
One thing to know: Jameis Winston's turnover issues have continued. He threw four more interceptions on Sunday, bringing him to 13 in the last five weeks and 19 on the season, second-most in NFL history through 10 games.
(Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)
27. New York Jets
Last week: 29th
Week 11 result: Beat the Redskins, 34-17
Week 12 opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders
One thing to know: Jets tight end Ryan Griffin has finished as the top player at his position in fantasy in two of the past four weeks. If you need a spark for your push for the fantasy playoffs, he could be your man.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
26. Denver Broncos
Last week: 26th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Vikings, 27-23
Week 12 opponent: at Buffalo Bills
One thing to know: The Broncos have lost four games this season after leading in the fourth quarter. The latest was the most brutal: blowing a 20-point second-half lead over the Vikings.
(AP Photo/Jim Mone)
25. Detroit Lions
Last week: 22nd
Week 11 result: Lost to the Cowboys, 35-27
Week 12 opponent: at Washington Redskins
One thing to know: It's been a tough stretch for the Detroit Lions, who have now lost six of their past seven games. Running back Bo Scarbrough has the chance to be a bright spot for the Lions this week after getting his first start last Sunday thanks to an injured backfield. He'll look to improve on his 55 yards on 14 carries this week at Washington.
(AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
24. Chicago Bears
Last week: 21st
Week 11 result: Lost to the Rams, 17-7
Week 12 opponent: vs. New York Giants
One thing to know: The Bears pulled Mitch Trubisky for Chase Daniel in Week 11 during another ugly performance for the third-year QB. The Bears said it was for a hip injury, but with Trubisky struggling, it may be best to leave him on the sideline for a few more weeks.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
23. Arizona Cardinals
Last week: 25th
Week 11 result: Lost to the 49ers, 36-26
Week 12 opponent: Bye
One thing to know: Fantasy football players have been frustrated by a lack of news surrounding standout running back David Johnson, who has gotten just five carries in the past two weeks for Arizona. Newly acquired running back Kenyan Drake appears to have taken over the top spot in the Cardinals offense.
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
22. Atlanta Falcons
Last week: 27th
Week 11 result: Beat the Panthers, 29-3
Week 12 opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One thing to know: With two straight wins over potential playoff teams in their division, the Falcons have the chance to play spoiler in the NFC. It's worth asking, though, where this tenacity was over the first eight weeks of the season.
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21. Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week: 19th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Colts, 33-13
Week 12 opponent: at Tennessee Titans
One thing to know: Nick Foles' return to the Jaguars wasn't enough to earn a win against Tennessee on Sunday. At 4-6, Jacksonville is at the bottom of the AFC South standings, but still sitting just two games off the division lead.
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
20. Tennessee Titans
Last week: 18th
Week 11 result: Bye
Week 12 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
One thing to know: Have we seen the end of Marcus Mariota with the Titans? Ryan Tannehill has been statistically superior in almost every category, and the team has won three of four games with Tannehill operating the offense.
(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
19. Los Angeles Chargers
Last week: 20th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 24-17
Week 12 opponent: Bye
One thing to know: Despite their 4-7 record, the Chargers have been competitive in every game they've played this season, with none of their losses coming by more than a touchdown. It seems that every week, Philip Rivers has a chance in the fourth quarter to mount a game-winning drive, and every week the Chargers come up just a little short.
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18. Cleveland Browns
Last week: 23rd
Week 11 result: Beat the Steelers, 21-7
Week 12 opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins
One thing to know: The Browns have won three straight, and their schedule is only getting easier as they go forward. Of course, any playoff push will come without defensive anchor Myles Garrett, who is suspended for his part in the ugly Browns-Steelers altercation.
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16. Carolina Panthers
Last week: 13th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Falcons, 29-3
Week 12 opponent: at New Orleans Saints
One thing to know: The Panthers are slumping at the wrong time, losing three of their last four. Not coincidentally, Kyle Allen has thrown nine interceptions during that stretch, including some brutal red-zone picks in Week 11.
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15. Oakland Raiders
Last week: 16th
Week 11 result: Beat the Bengals, 17-10
Week 12 opponent: at New York Jets
One thing to know: With a win this week over the Jets, the Raiders could head into their Week 13 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs with first place in the AFC West hanging in the balance. Not bad for a team that looked like a nightmare heading into the season.
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14. Philadelphia Eagles
Last week: 15th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Patriots, 17-10
Week 12 opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks
One thing to know: The Eagles defense is rounding into form, but it comes as the offense is falling apart. Carson Wentz hasn't been impressive this season, but he has little help when key players like Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, and Jordan Howard are out, as they were in Week 11.
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13. Los Angeles Rams
Last week: 17th
Week 11 result: Beat the Bears, 17-7
Week 12 opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens
One thing to know: The Rams escaped with a win on Sunday night, but Los Angeles still has plenty of problems that need to be addressed if they hope to make it back to the postseason this year. Hopefully the looming return of wide receiver Brandin Cooks can kickstart the offense a bit this weekend against the Ravens.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
12. Indianapolis Colts
Last week: 11th
Week 11 result: Beat the Jaguars, 33-13
Week 12 opponent: at Houston Texans
One thing to know: The Colts will once again turn to a backup on offense, as starting running back Marlon Mack fractured his hand and is out indefinitely. Backup running back Jonathan Williams filled in admirably in Week 11 with 147 total yards on 14 touches.
(AP Photo/AJ Mast)
11. Houston Texans
Last week: 8th
Week 11 result: Lost to the Ravens, 41-7
Week 12 opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts
One thing to know: Deshaun Watson and the Texans took a hit on Sunday when they were run off the field by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. Heading into Week 11, Texans-Ravens looked like the best game on the schedule, but it didn't take long for Baltimore to prove they were a cut above the competition.
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10. Buffalo Bills
Last week: 10th
Week 11 result: Beat the Dolphins, 37-20
Week 12 opponent: vs. Denver Broncos
One thing to know: The Josh Allen-John Brown connection was in full force in Week 11. Brown had 137 yards and 2 touchdowns, the longest of which came on a 40-yard pass.
One thing to know: Dak Prescott has been on fire the last two weeks, throwing for over 700 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Cowboys should look to attack through the air more, especially with Ezekiel Elliott running for fewer than 50 yards and fewer than three yards per carry in each of the last two games.
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7. Minnesota Vikings
Last week: 7th
Week 11 result: Beat the Broncos, 27-23
Week 12 opponent: Bye
One thing to know: Kirk Cousins was so bad at the start of the season that he was getting called out by his teammates. Since then, he's been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and become a dark-horse MVP candidate.
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6. New Orleans Saints
Last week: 6th
Week 11 result: Beat the Buccaneers, 34-17
Week 12 opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers
One thing to know: Michael Thomas is on pace for a historic season. He's the only wide receiver in NFL history to have at least 90 catches and 1,100 yards through 10 games.
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5. Green Bay Packers
Last week: 5th
Week 11 result: Bye
Week 12 opponent: at San Francisco 49ers
One thing to know: Before the Packers dreadful performance against the Chargers a few weeks ago, the Packers had landed in California on Friday. With another trip out west scheduled this week, first-year head coach Matt LaFleur has changed his game plan, traveling on Saturday with hopes of maintaining focus heading into their marquee game against the 49ers.
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4. San Francisco 49ers
Last week: 3rd
Week 11 result: Beat the Cardinals, 36-26
Week 12 opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers
One thing to know: The 49ers defense will continue to be tested in the coming weeks. They play the Packers, Ravens, and Saints, three top-10 offenses.
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3. Seattle Seahawks
Last week: 2nd
Week 11 result: Bye
Week 12 opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles
One thing to know: Seattle's win over the 49ers two weeks ago was their biggest of the season, but the road to a division title does not get any easier in the coming weeks, with games against the Eagles, Vikings, and Rams on the horizon. With San Francisco still leading the NFC West, the Seahawks need to keep their hot streak going if they hope to keep pace.
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
2. New England Patriots
Last week: 4th
Week 11 result: Beat the Eagles, 17-10
Week 12 opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys
One thing to know: The Patriots are 9-1, but Tom Brady is not happy with how the offense is performing.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
1. Baltimore Ravens
Last week: 1st
Week 11 result: Beat the Texans, 41-7
Week 12 opponent: at Los Angeles Rams
One thing to know: The Ravens' resume is about as impressive as you could hope for at this point in the season, with wins over the Patriots, Seahawks, and Texans over their past four games. There's a reason Lamar Jackson is now the favorite to win NFL MVP.
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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As for this piñata swing: In typical Cleveland fashion, it’s a bit of a trainwreck. Your helmet-swinger is blindfolded, and in the course of these 90 seconds she tags at least two fellow tailgaters. Meanwhile, the piñata holder is moving the freaking thing like it’s loose in the backfield. Come on! Pick one or the other!
(One question: Where’d they find a Steelers helmet in Cleveland? Was it someone’s toilet?)
Eh, could be worse. If this was Buffalo, they’d just set the damn piñata on fire and be done with it.