The Week 6 games have been played and the beds have been made. It’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of the his Top 10 NFL teams.
The elite teams continue to cement their positions at the top of the heap. Dak and the Cowboys are moving up after their Lambeau lambasting of the Packers, and the Steelers and the Broncos are starting to slip.
Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 6 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.
10. Buffalo Bills – Buffalo is tied for the 2nd most takeaways in the league and they’re running the ball down opponent’s throats with Shady McCoy. Colin doesn’t think Rex Ryan is close to an elite head coach, but a solid running game and defensive takeaways = winning in the weaker AFC. Bills crash the Hierarchy party for the first time.
— The Scouting Academy (@TheScoutAcademy) October 17, 2016
9. Denver Broncos – The Denver defense still leads the NFL with 21 sacks, and their 56 points off takeaways is the best in the league. But, their offense is regressing now that teams are getting film on Trevor Siemian and taking away his strengths, as Colin predicted. The Broncos are still formidable, they’re just not improving. Last week’s loss to San Diego was not encouraging.
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) October 17, 2016
8. Washington Redskins – Washington has been making it rain in Colin’s Blazin’ 5 all year. They’re on a 4 game winning streak and lead the NFL with the fewest 3 and outs in the NFL (6). They keep drives alive by moving the chains and are great in the division. The most underrated team in the NFL so far this year.
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) October 18, 2016
7. Pittsburgh Steelers – They’re one of two teams in the NFL in the Top 10 in 3rd down defense and 3rd down offense. But, with Big Ben likely out 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery, they look headed for a significant step back. They’ve been inconsistent with Roethlisberger under center, and it’s hard to see that improving with backup Landry Jones taking over the starting job.
6. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are spectacularly unspectacular, but they don’t hurt themselves. Their 29 penalties this year is the fewest in the AFC. They’re only allowing touchdowns on 41% of opponents’ red zone drives. They aren’t explosive, but they’re well coached and don’t make mistakes. Alex Smith and Andy Reid may be boring, but they’re effective.
Justin Houston back at Chiefs practice. pic.twitter.com/QAySJg37WU
— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) October 19, 2016
5. Atlanta Falcons – Matty Ice and the Falcons lead the NFL in points per drive and yards per play. That alone gets them into the Top 5. Arizona led the NFL in both categories last year on their way to the NFC Championship Game. Atlanta lost a tough one to Seattle last week, but Colin is bullish on the long term outlook for the Birds.
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 16, 2016
4. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys and Dak Prescott just went into Lambeau and undressed the Packers. The Cowboys have led for over 250 minutes of their games, which is tops in the league. When they get the lead they squeeze the live out of their opponents by running the ball with the NFL’s leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott behind their dominant offensive line. Colin thinks the Cowboys o-line is the most dominant positional unit in the NFL.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) October 16, 2016
3. Seattle Seahawks – Seattle is 4-1 and lead the NFC West. They have an elite defense that keeps improving week to week, and a franchise quarterback. That usually gets it done in the NFL. The Seahawks have overcome their early season struggles and appear to have it headed in the right direction – other than a Richard Sherman sideline tantrum last week. Colin likes the cornerstones of the franchise, coach, quarterback, defense. The Hawks are for real.
Richard Sherman heated exchange after julio jones td pic.twitter.com/wdO5njq9Gp
— DFSDAILYBEST (@DFSDAILYBEST) October 16, 2016
2. New England Patriots – Bill Belichick and a pissed off Tom Brady are still the best coach/quarterback combo in the league. What’s not to like? The AFC is weak and the Patriots already have a death grip on the division. When you look at the rest of their schedule, it’s hard to find many (any) losses. Colin will take the Patriots and give the field if he had to place a bet on who’s coming out of the AFC.
- Minnesota Vikings – Minnesota is undefeated and pulling away in the NFC North. The defense is young, fast and dominant. They’re allowing the fewest yards per game and the fewest yards per play in the NFL. The roster is elite, top to bottom, and Sam Bradford is playing out of his mind. The Vikings are the top dog in the Hierarchy for the 3rd week in a row.
Vikings Fans – Check out this dope song by @Nate_Millyunz
We’re the ‘KINGS OF THE NORTH”
— Skol Bros (@SkolBros) October 18, 2016