Herd Hierarchy: Colin Cowherd Ranks the 10 Best NFL Teams After Week 4 – October 6th
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10. Cleveland Browns (3-1)
“I’m going Browns over Tennessee because I think they’re more explosive offensively – 30+ points in three straight games, and they are the only team to average over 200 yards rushing per game this year. They also have the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL with eight. Their defense, although I feel it can be susceptible to the big play on the backend, has forced the most turnovers with ten. If you’re in Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski FINALLY has to feel like a grown-up and a teacher in the room for Baker Mayfield. I think Cleveland is a playoff team and that’s what I predicted.”
9. Indianapolis (3-1)
“They play the Browns this weekend and I’m picking the Colts to win, that’s why I like the Colts at 9. Their offense is not as explosive – Philip Rivers has only one touchdown in each of the games – but their defense is the best in the league right now. They’re number one in EVERYTHING, points, yards allowed, and third down. They’re the only team in the NFL to allow under 300 total yards in all four games this year. They have a limited offense, but I think they beat Cleveland, and I’ll flip-flop them if I’m wrong.”
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
“Listen, they’ve beaten bad teams, Giants, Broncos, and Texans, and that’s what worries me. Those teams are a combined 1-11. But it’s hard to run on them, and it’s hard to deny that their front seven personnel is out of this world good and Tomlin is a defensive coach, plus Minkah Fitzpatrick is there behind that. They’re one of five teams to average 25+ points per game and allow fewer than 20. They’ve played bad teams, but they are back. I don’t know high the ceiling is but I’ll put them at 8.”
7. Buffalo Bills (4-0)
“I think Buffalo would beat Pittsburgh on a neutral field so I have the Bills at 7. I LOVE their coaching, I LIKE their defense, it doesn’t quite feel as ferocious as last year. But Josh Allen is the story. Fifteen touchdowns, and one pick this season, and Stefon Diggs has added a deep element that they did not have last year. He’s had 3 games with a completion percentage of 70 or more. He looks like a baby Big Ben but even more athletic. I really like Buffalo. They’re well coached, they don’t turn it over, they have a good run defense, and they’re explosive and dynamic at wide receiver.”
6. Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
“I don’t even know if Seattle is 6, I’m just putting them up there because of Russell Wilson. So much about Seattle I don’t like. They have no pass rush, and they’re bad on the back end. But they hit, they’ve got some playmakers, and Russell Wilson is insane right now, he’s the best player in the world. Aaron Rodgers and Mahomes can argue for number two. I put them at six because I think they would beat Buffalo on a neutral field because of Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. I think Buffalo is more complete, but Russell Wilson is playing at a level right now that you just don’t see. Even Tom Brady in his best year wasn’t this because he didn’t have the escapability."
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