Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy.
There’s a change at the top this week after Pittsburgh caught a beat down from the upstart Eagles. Belichick paints a coaching masterpiece, and Colin is feeling Minnesota.
Who’s stock is Colin buying, and who’s is he selling? It’s the Herd Hierarchy after three weeks of the 2016 NFL season.
10. New York Giants – The Giants dropped a division game at home to the Redskins, complete with a full-scale Odell Beckham meltdown, but Colin is still a believer because of their improved defense and a dynamic offense. Eli is completing 71.0 pct of passes and averaging 297 yards per game. (5th in the NFL) The G-Men’s 2-1 record is their best through Week 3 since 2012.
9. Oakland Raiders – The young Raiders have been up and down early, but the underlying signs are positive. Offense hasn’t been the problem for Silver and Black. They’re averaging an AFC-best 436.0 yards per game and are second in the NFL with 148 rushing yards per game. Derek Carr’s 99.1 passer rating is 2nd in the AFC. These new Raiders have some old losing Raider habits. They lead the NFL with 36 penalties and are allowing a league worst 476 yards per game.
8. Kansas City Chiefs – Colin loves Andy Reid. The Chiefs are among the league leaders in a slew of defensive categories. Their 10 takeaways and 8 picks lead the NFL, including 6 off Fitzpatrick. They’re also holding opposing quarterbacks to a meager 51.5 passer rating is also tops in the league. Kansas City has been money at money time, outscoring opponents 39 – 9 in the 4th quarter and overtime.
The KC defense had a pick party on Sunday.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 26, 2016
7. Denver Broncos – The Broncos are 3 – 0 for the third time in four seasons, their 40 -11 record is the best in the NFL since 2013. Trevor Siemian is raw has continued to improve as a starter. He became the first QB since 1950 to pass for 300 or more yards with 4 or more passing TD’s and 0 INT in first career road start. The Broncos D has been nightmare fuel for opposing quarterbacks. Their 12 sacks leads AFC through Week 3. Denver has torched opponents 45-13 in 4th quarter.
Best Pass of Sunday’s Game? THIS ONE, an absolute dime piece by Trevor Siemian to TE Jeff Heuerman in TS’s magical 4th quarter.. pic.twitter.com/gA1CpXMlSL
— ROLLIN’ WIT’ 13 K (@kanard_williams) September 27, 2016
6. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawk D has managed to keep them in games despite their patheitc offensive showing so far. They’re holding opposing offenses to 12.3 points per game (2nd in the NFL), allowing a conference best 162 passing yards per game, and are the only team in the NFL not to allow a touchdown pass this season. If Russell Wilson can ever get right, the Seahawks could still develop into a legit Super Bowl Contender. IF.
5. Carolina Panthers – Cam has a good game and two bad ones to start the year. He’s taken 12 sacks which is tied for the league lead. He’s tossed 5 INT’s through three games. He had 10 picks all of last year en route to the MVP and Super Bowl. The Panthers have been flagged an NFC high 33 times. Colin still likes the Panthers long term outlook. They’re offensive struggles can partly be attributed to facing two of the league’s best defenses in Minnesota and Denver. The Panthers lead the NFC with 146 yards per game on the ground, which should help them pound the weaker teams in their NFC South.
Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 27, 2016
4. Pittsburgh Steelers – Pittsburgh falls out of the top spot in the hierarchy for the first time this year after getting Wentz’ed 34 – 3 by the upstart Eagles. The Steelers have been efficient on offense, converting 71% of their redzone chances into touchdowns. The troubling sign for the Steelers has been their below average defense. They’re allowing 407 yards per game (27th in NFL), and have an NFL worst one sack.
3. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles and rookie QB Carson Wentz have been the story of the young NFL season.. Colin is a believer after they dismantled a legit Steelers team 34 – 3. They lead the NFL with a +65 point differential and are second in the NFL with 30.7 points per game. They’re the only team in NFL without a giveaway through Week 3. Carson Wentz has set an NFL rookie record with 102 passes to start his career without throwing a pic. The Philly D under new DC Jim Schwartz has held opponents to a league leading 9.0 points per game, 71 yards per game on the ground, and are one of two teams yet to allow a passing touchdown. First year coach Doug Pederson looks like an elite coach. Colin is all-in on the Eagles.
– 23 of 31
– 301 yards
– 2 TDs
– 125.9 pass RTG
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 26, 2016
2. Minnesota Vikings – The last time the Vikings started 3 – 0 they made it to the NFC Championship game. Colin thinks they may have the best overall roster in the league. Their defensive is loaded with young talent and holding opposing offenses to a paltry 13.3 points per game. 15 sacks leads the NFL. 9 takeaways leads the NFC. The Sam Bradford trade has been a home run, and they have found an emerging superstar in wideout Stefon Diggs, who is 2nd in the NFl with 325 yards receiving.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 25, 2016
1. New England Patriots – Bill Belichick isn’t a head coach, he’s a sith lord. The Patriots have a two game division lead in Week 3 without their franchise quarterback and have yet to throw an interception. They’ve been jumping opposing teams 34 – 0 in the first quarter. LeGarrette Blount’s 298 rushing yards leads the NFL. The Pats are already on top of the hierarchy and may put a death grip on the top spot once Tom Brady gets back.
Brissett gave the touchdown ball to Belichick pic.twitter.com/57Dm476LO1
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) September 23, 2016
Here’s Colin’s breakdown.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 27, 2016