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Herd Hierarchy: Colin Cowherd Ranks the 10 Best NFL Teams After Week 5

Herd Hierarchy: Colin Cowherd Ranks the 10 Best NFL Teams After Week 5

Herd Hierarchy: Colin Cowherd Ranks the 10 Best NFL Teams After Week 5 – October 13th


10. Cleveland Browns (4-1)

“Kevin Stefanski is my early leader for Coach of the Year. They finally got a grown-up, he’s very mature. I love what he’s doing. Not only do they lead the NFL in rushing, but they lead the NFL in 10+ yard rushes, meaning it’s a big play rush offense and they will hit you over the top as well. Baker Mayfield worries me but he does have multiple touchdowns in each game. I’ll probably know more after this weekend against Pittsburgh. The Browns defense scares me on the backend but they have forced 12 turnovers this year, number one in the NFL. Baker worries me in big spots, but I love their coach. I got them at 10.”

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-0)

“You can’t run on them. It’s going to be ‘Will vs. Force’ this weekend between Cleveland’s rushing offense and Pittsburgh rushing defense. Their upcoming schedule of Browns and Ravens will tell me a lot about Pittsburgh. I’ve still got some doubts about them. They’re only 24th in the NFL in yards per play. Big Ben is not making mistakes, and has a 70% completion rate. But the Steelers have beaten teams with a combined record of 3-15-1. They’ve beaten a bunch of nonsense so I have my real doubts this weekend. I think it’s a toss-up with Cleveland, and if you asked me tomorrow I might think differently, but the Steelers are little more explosive offensively.”

8. Los Angeles Rams (4-1)

“They’re 4-1 but it’s against the NFC East and they’re beating up on the Giants, and the Cowboys. They are number one in yardage differential. That’s a real thing, and it means they are explosive. Their defense has the most sacks this year. That was a real point of contention last year that they weren’t getting to the quarterback. Todd Gurley is gone and they’ve done a nice job with Cam Akers and Henderson. They’ve got nice running backs now. I think it’s a real good room to be in, and it’s a good team going forward. I think there are some limitations if Goff senses pressure, but the reality is Goff has won two games for every game he’s lost with Sean McVay.”

7. Tampa Bay Bucs (3-2)

“I have some concerns. Leonard Fournette is still banged up, and Chris Godwin is still out. I would like to see this team when they’re healthy. Their best tight end is out for the year, Fournette is gone, Godwin, Mike Evans… Here’s the good news – I love Todd Bowles the defensive coordinator. They have the number one rush defense in the NFL. Mike Evans when he’s healthy; he and Brady have a relationship right now. This is a team who should get better, but I keep them at 7 because they looked like garbage against the Bears, you got Brady barking at people, and frankly, their protection wasn’t very good.”

6. Buffalo Bills (4-0)

“Not much to dislike. They have 30+ points in each of their last 3 games. I have them this low because coming up they face Tennessee, the Chiefs, the Patriots, and the Seahawks, so I feel like in the next month I’m really going to get a sense of what they are. It’s the best young coaching staff in the NFL, and they’ve done a miraculous job with Josh Allen. But the TRUTH will be in the next 3 or 4 games.”

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