Every week during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and he’s made some adjustments to his Top 10 after Week 2.
The Broncos make their first appearance like a rocket after dominating the Cowboys. The Packers and Dallas take the biggest drop. The Vikings, Seahawks and Panthers drop out. There’s also a new #1.
Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 2:
10. Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore is 2-0 and ranks in the Top 3 in 3rd down and red zone defense. They also have 5 takeaways in each game, even if one of those games was against the Browns. The Ravens are limited offensively, but Jeremy Maclin seems to have chemistry with Joe Flacco after scoring touchdowns in both games.
9. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas drops from the 2 spot all the way to 9 after getting pummeled on the road in Denver. Colin still likes their balanced offense and o-line, and they aren’t the first team to get overwhelmed by the swarming Denver defense. It was the Cowboys first dud since Dak took over and they should bounce back, but they drop for now.
8. Green Bay Packers – The mesmerizing talent of Aaron Rodgers makes up for what is an otherwise average roster, and they got hammered by the Falcons on the road. Green Bay doesn’t have a running game and they’re throwing the ball on 69% of their snaps. Even Rodgers can’t make up for that lack of balance.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have the best trio of offensive stars in the NFL with Big Ben, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown, and their defense has been sacking the opposing QB on 11% of their drop backs. Colin thinks Mike Tomlin doesn’t always have his team buttoned up, but the Steelers are almost unbeatable at home and are still the best team in the AFC North.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta just soundly beat the Packers at home and are leading the NFC with an average of 6.5 yards per play. Dan Quinn’s defense is young and fast, and resembles the Super Bowl winning Legion of Boom D he coached in Seattle before they popped. Matt Ryan is solid and has weapons. Falcons at 6.
5. Oakland Raiders – Colin’s love of Derek Carr is no secret and he’s only been pressured 5 times in two games to start the year. There’s a ceiling on the Raiders because their defense is a sieve, but Carr will win plenty of shootouts with a top receiving corps, and Marshawn Lynch gives them a toughness they lacked last year in short yardage and goal line situations.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles lost on the road to Kansas City, but Colin is still a believer. Philly has the 2nd best third down offense in the NFL, and their defense has 7 sacks in two games (1st in the NFC). They have the best combination of offensive and defensive lines in the league, which is why Colin still likes them as a dark horse Super Bowl team.
3. New England Patriots – New England is beat up at the skill positions and Gronk looks like injuries have taken a toll, but Brady is 8-0 in his last 8 road games, and is completing 66% of his passes and a 115.6 passer rating in those games. The Pats ability to win on the road is why Colin still likes them as a Super Bowl contender.
2. Denver Broncos – The suffocating Denver defense was no secret, and they are always good in September – 15-1 in their last 16 – but Colin undersold Trevor Siemian, who is 10-6 in his career as a starter and looks capable of scoring enough points to win with their defense. The Broncos are for real, and sent a message by physically dominating Dallas.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Kansas City started the year by beating the Eagles and Patriots and Colin thinks they may have the best top-to-bottom roster in the NFL. They’re 1st in the NFL in yards per play, 2nd in total offense and rushing thanks to breakout rookie star Kareem Hunt. Alex Smith is playing the best football of his career, Tyreek Hill may be the most explosive player in the league, Travis Kelce is the NFL’s top tight end, and Andy Reid gives them a coaching advantage in every game that isn’t against the Patriots. Colin thought this would be a pull-back year for KC, but he was wrong. Chiefs grab the top spot.