With the Week 7 games all in the book, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of his Top 10 NFL teams.
This week there’s a shakeup at the top, and a new leader in the clubhouse. The Steelers are bounced from the rankings for the first time this season with Big Ben going down, and there’s one shocker that seems to defy logic, until you dig into the numbers.
Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 7 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.
10. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles are coming off an impressive win over the previously undefeated Vikings. The Eagles do it with defense. They’ve only allowed 1 quarterback to post a 100 Passer Rating (Matthew Stafford in Week 5), and have allowed fewer than 300 yards of offense in 5 games this season – tied for the most in the NFL. Carson Wentz needs to play better, but the Eagles are for real.
— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) October 23, 2016
9. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons have been the best offense in the league, and rank 1st in scoring and total offense. They’re also the best big play offense in the NFL, with a league high 37 plays of 20-plus yards. They’ve lost two close games in a row. Colin still likes the long term outlook.
— Atlanta Falcons (@ChatFalcons) October 23, 2016
8. San Diego Chargers – San Diego? Yes, San Diego. They’re 3-4, but they’ve led for more game time than 29 other teams, have the most red zone trips in the NFL (33) and are second in scoring offense. It’s not about record. 3rd overall pick, Joey Bosa, has been a difference maker since getting healthy. He’s got 10.5 QB pressures, the most by a player through 3 career games over the last decade. The Bolts have been tough, despite having trouble closing deal.
— Cable Onda Sports (@cableondasports) October 23, 2016
7. Oakland Raiders – The Chargers haven’t been able to close out games. The Raiders have. Derek Carr has shown he’s a closer, and right now, he’s Colin’s MVP. He’s passed for 13 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions, which are the fewest picks by any player with double-digit pass TD’s. The return of Latavius Murray, who played in his 1st game since Week 4 and rushed for 144 Yards adds another dimension to the Raiders offense. They’re too young to win the Super Bowl this year, but the future is beyond bright for the Silver and Black.
“My MVP of the league is Derek Carr.” – @ColinCowherd
RT if you agree with Colin pic.twitter.com/LSSgLuRRX8
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 24, 2016
6. Denver Broncos – Can Denver keep winning with just defense? Apparently, yes. They lead the NFL in sacks (22), have 66 points off takeaways, and have yet to allow a quarterback reach a Passer Rating of 100 in any game this season. Trevor Siemian has gotten better each week, and last night he outplayed former Bronco Brock Osweiler in Denver’s annihilation of the Texans. The Broncos are a work in progress on offense, but keep getting it done.
Broncos are so well coached on defense. Perfect example here pic.twitter.com/r4EXcyWL8C
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) October 25, 2016
5. Kansas City Chiefs – Colin thinks Andy Reid is the 2nd best coach in the NFL. The Chiefs may be boring, but they’re effective, and don’t shoot themselves in the foot. Running back Spencer Ware is averaging 129.5 yards from scrimmage per game, which leads the AFC. They’re also good in the fourth quarter. Their +30 point differential in the 4th is 2nd in the NFL.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) October 24, 2016
4. Seattle Seahawks – Seattle’s offensive line has been a weak spot, and they struggle to run the ball, but with Pete Carroll it always starts with defense, and this team is elite on D. They’ve only allowed 7 offensive touchdowns so far this year, and are only allowing 3.5 yards per carry against opposing rushers. Russell Wilson hasn’t played well, and he’s been banged up, but it’s hard to bet against him when the games matter most.
— Tracy Ford (@TFordFSP) October 24, 2016
3. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings have issues on the offensive line, but Colin still loves the roster, especially the defense. Minnesota ranks 1st in yards per play allowed and points per drive allowed, to go with 19 sacks and 16 takeaways. They had a bad game against the Eagles, but they should crush the Bears this week to get back on the right track.
In 1st quarter, Schwartz had Smith occupy the RT, which gave Kendricks free path to Bradford to force incompletion pic.twitter.com/LqESBUe8hU
— Patrick (@pcausey3) October 25, 2016
2. Dallas Cowboys – The stats don’t lie. Dallas, led by Dak Prescott and the best offensive line in the league, is an offensive machine. Stud rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for over 700 yards. The key to the Dallas attack is balance. They’re the only team in the top 5 in yards per pass and yards per rush, and lead the NFL in time of possession.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 16, 2016
1. New England Patriots – An angry Tom Brady has been scary since his return from his four game suspension. He leads the NFL with a 132.6 Passer Rating and his 8 touchdowns in 3 games is greater than or equal to Andy Dalton, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco, and Russell Wilson, all who’ve played the entire year. Since Brady came back, the Pats are 1 of 2 teams averaging over 400 Yards per game and 30 points per game. Belichick has New England on a roll, and this week they roll into the top spot in the hierarchy.
— Luis Perez (@bbkid25) October 23, 2016
Check back next week and see whose stock is up, and whose is down after NFL Week 8.