Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of the his Top 10 NFL teams.
There’s plenty of movement in the Hierarchy this week. Brady’s back and didn’t miss a beat. The Rams are out and the Raiders are in. And the Seahawks are taking flight.
Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 5 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.
10. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are 2-2 coming off a bye week, but Andy Reid’s 15-2 career record after a week off is the best of any coach in NFL history. The Chiefs have a low ceiling, but Colin likes their winning habits and steady culture. They aren’t close to being a Super Bowl contender, but they’re good enough to sneak in the Top 10 this week.
“That wasn’t a representation of what we are and what we need to be.”
Tune in to Chiefs Rewind tonight at 7 pm on KSMO TV 62. pic.twitter.com/Y5B4JxRC6x
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 3, 2016
9. Oakland Raiders – The youthful Raiders could be 1-4, but thanks to early season MVP candidate Derek Carr’s late game heroics, they sit at 4-1 and atop the AFC West. Oakland has the 2nd best offensive line in the NFL, and have only allowed only 5 sacks so far this year, which is the fewest in the NFL. Carr has led a Raiders offense that is 3rd in the NFL in yards per play (6.16), and the defense has been getting off the field on third down, with opposing offenses only converting 31% of their attempts.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 9, 2016
8. Denver Broncos – The Broncos dominating pass rush is tied for the NFL lead in sacks. Colin thinks the 4-1 Broncos will begin to erode because of inexperience at quarterback. In last week’s loss to the Falcons, they allowed the more points (23) than any week since Week 15 of last year. The loss also snapped their 9-game wining streak. Denver is still formidable, but drops a few spots this week.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 11, 2016
7. Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott has played well and Dallas is 4-1, but Jerry Jones recent announcement that Tony Romo will start when he’s healthy could create locker room division. The Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in rushing behind the best offensive line in the league. Big D leads the NFL in 3rd down conversion rate (50%). They also lead the NFL in 10+ play drives.
Stop telling me the Cowboys are better with this Dak n Dunk offense over Tony Romopic.twitter.com/GbGL5yMF7r
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) October 11, 2016
6. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers have been inconsistent in recent weeks, despite their 4-1 record. But, Big Ben leads the NFL in touchdown passes (15), and Pittsburgh has superior talent on the outside with Antonio Brown and emerging star Sammie Coates. The last two times they started 4-1 they made it to the Super Bowl, and they’re clearly the best team in the AFC North.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) October 10, 2016
5. Philadelphia Eagles – Even though the Eagles dropped their first game of the year last week, Colin is still a believer in the quarterback/coach combo of Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. They lead the NFL in Time of Possession and scoring differential. He would rank them higher, but Pro Bowl tackle Lane Johnston’s 10 game drug suspension has been upheld, and he’ll be out until Week 16. The Eagles defense, led by Fletcher Cox and the D-line have allowed the fewest points per game in the league (12.8).
Good morning. RedZone trap is a great play. Lots of 2H in RZ (not this snap tho) Executed well by the Eagles here. LG takes two. pic.twitter.com/mzuKwHeL3G
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) October 11, 2016
4. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons led by Matty Ice have the best offense in football so far this year. They lead the NFL in points per game, yards per play, yards per game and passing yards per game. Ryan leads the league in passer rating and passing yards. They’ve already beaten the Raiders, Broncos, and Panthers. Pete Carroll protege Dan Quinn looks like he’s finally turned the corner and Atlanta. Colin believes.
— BamaVine (@BamaVine) October 2, 2016
3. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks offense has started to click, and Russell Wilson and stud tight end Jimmy Graham finally look like they’ve begun to establish a connection. Their defense is still dominant, ranking 1st in total defense, 2nd in yards per play allowed, and 2nd in pass defense. Seattle looks like they’ve finally broken out of their early season funk and have things back on track.
— Sam HawkBadger (@hwkbgr) October 7, 2016
2. New England Patriots – Brady’s back and hasn’t missed a beat. His 271 first half passing yards in the first half of his return game were the most in the NFL this season. New England’s 501 total yards against the Browns was their most since Week 2 of 2015. Martellus Bennett gives the Patriots a new version of the two-headed tight end monster. Colin also thinks their defensive front seven is underrated. The Patriots have officially weathered Deflategate and are stalking the top spot in the Hierarchy. Brady is a man on fire.
At 9:45 a.m., Tom Brady arrives at FirstEnergy Stadium as a media crowd follows him en route to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/5tpHtp8lph
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 9, 2016
1. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings hang on to the top spot for the second straight week, thanks largely to their berserker defense. They’re tied for 1st in Takeaways (12), 1st in turnover differential (+11), and 1st in opponent yards per play. Minnesota is last in the league in rushing yards, but Sam Bradford has career highs in completion percentage (70.9), yards per attempt (7.9), and passer rating (109.8). The Vikings rule the Hierarchy again.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 10, 2016
Check back next week and see who’s up and who’s is down in the Herd Hierarchy after Week 6.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 11, 2016