Every Tuesday, with all the NFL games in the book, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of his Top 10 NFL teams.
This week, the Vikings continue to fall and barely clinging to Hierarchy life. The Raiders are invading the top tier, the Broncos take a slight step back, and Colin is higher on Carolina than most.
Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 9 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.
10. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings aren’t quite at the “break the glass” point of the season, but they’re rapidly closing in on it. The offensive line is a mess. Behind the chaos, there are some underlying signs of a pulse. Despite their anemic offense averaging 12 points per game over their last 3 games, all losses, their defense has allowed the fewest plays of 20+ yards this year.
RT TO RUIN A VIKINGS FANS DAY! pic.twitter.com/rmbpv1YuzC
— Detroit Moments (@DetroitMoments) November 7, 2016
9. Denver Broncos – The Broncos are coming off a disappointing loss to division rival Oakland, where they coughed up their first 30–point game since Week 12 of last year. The Denver D is still a monster. They’re 1st in the NFL in opposition yards allowed per game, 2nd in sacks. It’s no revelation that Denver’s biggest question marks lie on offense. They’re 6-0 when scoring 21+ points, and 0-3 when they score 20 or less.
— DLineVids (@DLineVids) November 7, 2016
8. Washington Redskins – The Redskins are coming off a bye week, where head coach Jay Gruden is 0-2 in his brief NFL coaching career. Washington has been a surprise because of their productive offense, and solid play from Kirk Cousins. They’re 3rd in the league passing yards per game, 2nd in yards per play, 4th in total yards per game. They have the smallest percentage of 3-and-outs (9.2%) in the NFL. The most underrated team in the NFL.
— SportzNow1 NFL (@SportzNow1NFL) October 30, 2016
7. Kansas City Chiefs – Andy Reid continues to win games, despite fielding a mash unit. Starters Alex Smith, Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles, and Jeremy Maclin have all been all injured. The Chiefs are 17-3 in their last 20 games, including the postseason. Two of their 3 losses in that span came against New England and Pittsburgh. They also boast a 10-game home winning streak. Kansas City’s 20 takeaways and +13 turnover differential leads the NFL.
Jags fumble punt, Chiefs recover and score on the ensuing drive with a Nick Foles touchdown pass to Albert Wilson. pic.twitter.com/ORJ6Oqlw6V
— 🏈 NFL Moments 🏈 (@SteadfastNFL) November 6, 2016
6. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcon offense is flying. They lead the NFL in yards per play, points per game, plays of 10+ yards, 1st downs, and 30+ point games. Matt Ryan’s league leading 23 touchdown passes are more than his season total from last year (21). He also leads the NFL with 2980 yards. Atlanta is a shootout waiting to happen.
— The Scouting Academy (@TheScoutAcademy) November 3, 2016
5. Carolina Panthers – Colin likes Carolina more than most. The Panthers have won two in a row after starting the year 1-5. The Carolina D is still legit. They’re 2nd-best in NFL at forcing 3-and-out drives (29.0 %). Cam doesn’t have any turnovers the last 2 wins, compared to 7 turnovers in the first 5. If he takes care of the ball, they win.
Cam Newton : 20 of 32, 225 yards & 1 TD; 7 carries for 16 yards (Sacked 5 times) pic.twitter.com/NRhM22cys9
— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) November 7, 2016
4. Oakland Raiders – Oakland and Derek Carr are on a roll. They’re coming off another confidence building win against defending Super Bowl champion, and division rival Denver. Oakland became only the second team to score over 30 points against the Broncos since 2015. The Raiders’ 7-2 start is their best since 2001. Derek Carr is Colin’s MVP, and leads an explosive offense that has the 2nd most plays of 20+ yards in the league. Colin is willing to say the Raiders are a Super Bowl team for the first time this year.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 3, 2016
3. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks haven’t played close to their potential this year with a banged up Russell Wilson, but their 5-2-1 record is still the 2nd best record in the NFC, and they’re the only NFC team with an undefeated home record (4-0). The Seattle defense is allowing a stingy 16.8 points per game, and 3rd in the NFL with 27 sacks. Beware of Seattle and their talented roster.
Jimmy Graham!! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/oAq5xZO0fv
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 8, 2016
2. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas has the easiest schedule in the NFL through Week 9. They lead the NFL in rushing (165.3 ypg), and time of posession (33:10 min/pg), and 10+ play drives, behind the best offensive line in the league. The biggest surprise with Big D has been their D, which has yet to allow a 100 yard rusher or receiver on the year. Dallas is consistently excellent and Colin has officially bought in.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 7, 2016
- New England Patriots – The Patriots and Tom Brady look to keep it rolling after a bye week. Brady leads the NFL in passer rating, yards per attempt, and completion percentage, and the Patriots lead the NFL with a dominate +85 scoring differential. Belichick is an incredible 24-3 in his last 17 games in November. The Patriots are the best team in the NFL, and #1 in the hierarchy again.
A record-setting celebration for the Gronk! pic.twitter.com/tFAJ9p0yNW
— Patriots Nation (@NEPatsNation12) November 3, 2016