Payments overtake No. 1 spot in Cowherd's Week 3 Herd Hierarchy

Published:Mar 9, 202417:07

Two weeks into the 2022 NFL season, solely six undefeated groups stay. 

Week 2 featured a number of main comebacks that led to dramatic finishes throughout the league. Colin Cowherd assessed the panorama of the league in his weekly "Herd Hierarchy," which has a brand new staff on the prime of this record. 

Listed here are the groups that made Cowherd's prime 10 forward of Week 3 (with earlier rankings in parentheses), alongside insights from FOX Guess.

10. Los Angeles Rams (7)

General file: 1-1 | Final week: Rams received 31-27 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Colin's ideas: "There's not a lot to love concerning the Rams. Their third-down protection is awful. They are not working the ball successfully. They've given up the ball six occasions - tied for essentially the most within the NFL. They're averaging 58 yards dashing, that is thirty first.

"Why do I like them? I belief Sean McVay, Aaron Donald, that defensive entrance and Matthew Stafford. However proper now, Stafford did not play within the [preseason] video games and did not follow a lot within the preseason. They're uneven up entrance and so they're a multitude. They're doing issues that lose soccer video games. However I do know my coach is an A, my quarterback is an A, and my defensive entrance is an actual factor, so I feel they're going to determine it out." 

NFL championship odds: +1200

Up subsequent: Rams at Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

9. Baltimore Ravens (4)

General file: 1-1 | Final week: Ravens misplaced 42-38 vs. Miami Dolphins

Colin's ideas: "This can be a actually good staff. That is the one staff averaging seven yards per play – that is the most effective within the league. They're high-quality. They've solely given up one turnover, that is tied for the bottom within the league. 

"They do loads proper. They'd a horrible quarter as a result of they have a number of rookies within the backend. Baltimore is a wonderful group and I in all probability have them too low."

NFL championship odds: +1700

Up subsequent: Ravens at Patriots (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

8. Minnesota Vikings (3)

General file: 1-1 | Final week: Vikings misplaced 24-7 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Colin's ideas: "Kirk Cousins is now 2-10 on ‘Monday Night time Soccer.’ Their protection, it will get just a little bit carved up on the bottom. They're giving up 6.5 yards per play, that is not ok. 

"However they do have a number of sacks. Final 12 months, one of many points was that they gave up massive chunks of yardage and had no strain. So, they're attending to the quarterback."

NFL championship odds:+2500

Up subsequent: Vikings vs. Lions (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

7. Miami Dolphins (unranked)

General file: 2-0 | Final week: Dolphins received 42-38 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Colin's ideas: "I do not purchase an excessive amount of into the Dolphins, however I will say this, they're No. 2 in offense. They're loads like Philadelphia within the different convention – they're productive and so they're transferring the ball. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are the 2 main receivers within the league and so they have a wonderful younger coach.

"Of their final 9 begins with Tua [Tagovailoa], they're 8-1. I've received to be trustworthy, they win video games with Tua."

NFL championship odds: +2200

Up subsequent: Dolphins vs. Payments (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

6. San Francisco 49ers (unranked)

General file: 1-1 | Final week: 49ers received 27-7 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Colin's ideas: "The Niners roster, to me, is second within the NFL solely to Buffalo. Jimmy [Garoppolo] got here in Sunday chilly - had a 100 passer ranking. Jimmy G is 35-16 as a starter and the division's weaker. The Niners' offense proper now has extra dashing yards than passing yards due to how they initially began the season. However ultimately, they're doing this with out George Kittle and Elijah Mitchell."

NFL championship odds: +2000

Up subsequent: 49ers @ Broncos (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)

Herd Hierarchy: A brand new staff on prime after Week 2

Herd Hierarchy: A new team on top after Week 2

Colin Cowherd has a brand new staff atop his Herd Hierarchy after a wild Week 2.

5. Los Angeles Chargers (5)

General file: 1-1 | Final week: Chargers misplaced 27-24 vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Colin's ideas: "Let's not beat up on the Chargers an excessive amount of for dropping to Kansas Metropolis. They misplaced two beginning offensive linemen, together with a Professional Bowl middle, and Keenan Allen hasn't performed a lot both. He is actually precious to their offense on third down. Justin Herbert's been unbelievable this 12 months. His quarterback ranking is 112. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa could also be the most effective go rush within the league proper no longer named Buffalo.

"I do not take a lot from that loss. They went toe-to-toe at Arrowhead."

NFL championship odds: +1500

Up subsequent: Chargers vs. Jaguars (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS)

4. Philadelphia Eagles (9)

General file: 2-0 | Final week: Eagles received 24-7 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Colin's ideas: "The Eagles know what they're. One giveaway all season. Simply the No. 1 dashing staff. Wildly productive quarterback, who now has a famous person receiver. They're averaging like 165 dashing yards per sport. No one's even near that. I feel they seem to be a handful. I feel they're arduous to organize for."

NFL championship odds: +1200

Up subsequent: Eagles @ Commanders (1 p.m. ET, FOX)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6)

General file: 2-0 | Final week: Buccaneers received 20-10 vs. New Orleans Saints

Colin's ideas: "I put Tampa at No. 3 due to Tom Brady. I feel Brady – due to the 11 days off from camp and never enjoying within the preseason and all the lineman points – they're rusty. However, in the event you take a look at what number of gamers have been out of video games, the quantity of gamers have been out of video games, the truth that they're 2-0 – together with a win on the highway towards the Saints. This can be a actually good defensive entrance. They'll run the ball, they will throw it. They're simply falling aside bodily on offense. 

"Let's not child your self, you line up all these groups within the NFC – would you belief Garoppolo over Brady? Would you belief Jalen Hurts over Brady? Or Stafford right now over Brady? Or Aaron Rodgers with none receivers over Brady? I would not. That to me is the most effective NFC staff."

NFL championship odds: +700

Up subsequent: Buccaneers vs. Packers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)

2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1)

General file: 2-0 | Final week: Chiefs received 27-24 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Colin's ideas: "Nothing fallacious with the offense, each stat is nice. The O-line is sweet. The tight finish is a star. The quarterback is a star. I've received no issues with Kansas Metropolis.

"However I do not suppose their protection is sweet sufficient to bail them out if Patrick Mahomes goes on a type of 4 or 5 sport mechanical slides the place he is not fairly proper." 

NFL championship odds: +650

Up subsequent: Chiefs at Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

1. Buffalo Payments (2)

General file: 2-0 | Final week: Payments received 41-7 vs. Tennessee Titans

Colin's ideas: "This protection is sweet sufficient to bail out the offense if Josh Allen struggles. I do not suppose Kansas Metropolis's is – that is the distinction. They're the last word Mike Tyson – they won't at all times have an incredible jab, however they're going to knock you out in the event you're not ready. 

"They are a blast to look at. They're working the soccer, [and] they will. Here is the opposite factor, they've had some accidents to beat. I simply do not see a weak spot. They are not at all times, at all times essentially the most environment friendly. However their knockout punch is the same as Kansas Metropolis's with a significantly better defensive entrance. That is why they're No. 1."

Up subsequent: Payments @ Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS)

NFL championship odds: +400

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