Bills overtake No. 1 spot in Cowherd’s Week 3 Herd Hierarchy

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 group 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 Wager.

10. Los Angeles Rams (7)

Total report: 1-1 | Final week: Rams received 31-27 vs. Atlanta Falcons

Colin’s ideas: “There’s not much to like about the Rams. Their third-down defense is lousy. They’re not running the ball effectively. They’ve given up the ball six times – tied for the most in the NFL. They’re averaging 58 yards rushing, that’s 31st.

“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 believe they will determine it out.” 

NFL championship odds: +1200

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

9. Baltimore Ravens (4)

Overall record: 1-1 | Last week: Ravens lost 42-38 vs. Miami Dolphins

Colin’s thoughts: “It is a actually good group. That is the one group averaging seven yards per play – that is the most effective within the league. They’re wonderful. They’ve solely given up one turnover, that is tied for the bottom within the league. 

“They do a lot right. They had a terrible quarter because they’ve got a lot of rookies in the backend. Baltimore is an excellent organization and I probably have them too low.”

NFL championship odds: +1700

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

8. Minnesota Vikings (3)

Total report: 1-1 | Final week: Vikings misplaced 24-7 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Colin’s ideas: “Kirk Cousins is now 2-10 on ‘Monday Night Football.’ Their defense, it gets a little bit carved up on the ground. They’re giving up 6.5 yards per play, that’s not good enough. 

“However they do have lots of sacks. Final 12 months, one of many points was that they gave up huge 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)

Overall record: 2-0 | Last week: Dolphins won 42-38 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Colin’s thoughts: “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 superb younger coach.

“In their last nine starts with Tua [Tagovailoa], they’re 8-1. I’ve got to be honest, they win games with Tua.”

NFL championship odds: +2200

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

6. San Francisco 49ers (unranked)

Total report: 1-1 | Final week: 49ers received 27-7 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Colin’s ideas: “The Niners roster, to me, is second in the NFL only to Buffalo. Jimmy [Garoppolo] came in Sunday cold – had a 100 passer rating. Jimmy G is 35-16 as a starter and the division’s weaker. The Niners’ offense right now has more rushing yards than passing yards because of how they initially started the season. But in the end, they’re doing this without George Kittle and Elijah Mitchell.”

NFL championship odds: +2000

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

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5. Los Angeles Chargers (5)

Total report: 1-1 | Final week: Chargers misplaced 27-24 vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

Colin’s ideas: “Let’s not beat up on the Chargers too much for losing to Kansas City. They lost two starting offensive linemen, including a Pro Bowl center, and Keenan Allen hasn’t played much either. He’s really valuable to their offense on third down. Justin Herbert’s been unbelievable this year. His quarterback rating is 112. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa may be the best pass rush in the league right now not 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)

Overall record: 2-0 | Last week: Eagles won 24-7 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Colin’s thoughts: “The Eagles know what they’re. One giveaway all season. Simply the No. 1 speeding group. Wildly productive quarterback, who now has a celebrity receiver. They’re averaging like 165 speeding yards per recreation. Nophysique’s even near that. I believe they are a handful. I believe they’re onerous to arrange for.”

NFL championship odds: +1200

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

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6)

Overall record: 2-0 | Last week: Buccaneers won 20-10 vs. New Orleans Saints

Colin’s thoughts: “I put Tampa at No. 3 due to Tom Brady. I believe Brady – due to the 11 days off from camp and never enjoying within the preseason and all the lineman points – they’re rusty. However, if you happen to 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 street towards the Saints. It is a actually good defensive entrance. They will run the ball, they will throw it. They’re simply falling aside bodily on offense. 

“Let’s not kid yourself, you line up all these teams in the NFC – would you trust Garoppolo over Brady? Would you trust Jalen Hurts over Brady? Or Stafford today over Brady? Or Aaron Rodgers without any receivers over Brady? I wouldn’t. That to me is the best NFC team.”

NFL championship odds: +700

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

2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1)

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

Colin’s ideas: “Nothing wrong with the offense, every stat is great. The O-line is good. The tight end is a star. The quarterback is a star. I’ve got no problems with Kansas City.

“However I do not suppose their protection is nice sufficient to bail them out if Patrick Mahomes goes on a kind of 4 or 5 recreation 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 Bills (2)

Overall record: 2-0 | Last week: Bills won 41-7 vs. Tennessee Titans

Colin’s thoughts: “This protection is nice 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 may not all the time have an awesome jab, however they will knock you out if you happen to’re not ready. 

“They’re a blast to watch. They’re running the football, [and] they can. Here’s the other thing, they’ve had some injuries to overcome. I just don’t see a weakness. They’re not always, always the most efficient. But their knockout punch is equal to Kansas City’s with a much better defensive front. That’s why they’re No. 1.”

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

NFL championship odds: +400

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