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Nov 23, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It seems silly to make a big deal out of one game just three weeks into the season, but we’re going to do it anyway. Because Buccaneers vs. Rams this Sunday afternoon is not just another regular-season game.

With good health (i.e. extremely good luck), these two superpowers figure to collide in the playoffs (NFC Championship Game if we're lucky) to determine who gets to play in Super Bowl LVI, which will be held in the Rams’ beautiful $5 billion palace, SoFi Stadium. It’s disappointing that this Hollywood showdown featuring so many stars won’t be played in prime time (do better, NFL schedule maker!).

Our staff poll kept the Bucs at No. 1 and bumped the Rams up a spot from last week’s rankings just in time to create Sunday’s mythical 1 vs. 2 matchup. Five teams are making their rankings debut this week, including one team in The Bottom Five.

Here are the results of the Bally Sports staff poll.

The Top 10

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0; Last week: 1): If they really can “just run by guys” and score easily against the Rams on Sunday, Tom Brady will be flinging the Lombardi Trophy off a boat again at the championship parade in February.

2. Los Angeles Rams (2-0; Last week: 3): Matthew Stafford (five TDs, one INT, 10.7 yards per attempt, 127.0 rating) has been as good as advertised.

3. San Francisco 49ers (2-0; Last week: 6): While the clamor for rookie QB Trey Lance continues, Jimmy Garappolo is busy winning games along with the Niners' stingy defense.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1; Last week: 2): Steve Spagnuolo’s defense took the brunt of the criticism for Sunday night’s loss in Baltimore.

5. Arizona Cardinals (2-0; Last week: 7): You better get in on the Kyler Murray for MVP bandwagon now.

6. Las Vegas Raiders (2-0; Last week: Not ranked): Just as surprising as their wins over Baltimore and Pittsburgh is the play of Gus Bradley’s defense.

7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1; Last week: 10): Despite all of their injuries, the Ravens will still be a factor in the AFC thanks to the miracle worker named Lamar Jackson.

8) Denver Broncos (2-0; Last week: NR): How great has Teddy Bridgewater been? This great: He’s being compared to Peyton Manning!

9t. Carolina Panthers (2-0; Last week: NR): The defense is yielding just 190 yards per game (including a meager 46.5 rushing) and leads the league with five sacks (four coming in Sunday’s 26-7 blowout of Jameis Winston and the Saints).

9t. Cleveland Browns (1-1; Last week: NR): Baker Mayfield makes funny commercials off the field and is one tough QB on it.

DROPPED OUT: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1; Last week: 4), New Orleans Saints (1-1; Last week: 5), Seattle Seahawks (1-1; Last week: 8), Los Angeles Chargers (1-1; Last week: 9).

The Bottom Five

We “welcome” a new team into the rankings cellar — the Detroit Lions. With every turnover Jared Goff makes, Lions fans are seeing why the Rams were so desperate to get rid of the former No. 1 pick.

The Jaguars were a near-consensus selection as the NFL’s worst team through two games. The other squad receiving No. 32 votes was the Jets, whose fans are already booing rookie QB Zach Wilson.

28. New York Giants (0-2; Last week: 31): Just two games in, the big-money wide receiver is already yelling at the starting quarterback on the sidelines.

29. Detroit Lions (0-2; Last week: NR): New general manager Brad Holmes should start deciding which QB he wants to draft next year.

30. Atlanta Falcons (0-2; Last week: 30): They’ve given up the most points in the league — 80.

31. New York Jets (0-2; Last week: 28): New head coach Robert Saleh is trying to stay positive with what will be a difficult Jets rebuild.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2; Last week: 32): Dear Urban Meyer, we’re sorry Jags fans have to watch your team, too.

DROPPED OUT: Houston Texans (1-1; Last week: 29).

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