The first round of NFL preseason games have been played, and while it’s hard to take in much from the limited action so far, there have been some changes — as well as some impactful injuries — around the league.
Collin’s Top 10 Teams After Week 1 of the Preseason
Colin Cowherd shares his first ‘Hierarchy of the Herd’ from the 2022 NFL Draft, listing his top 10 NFL teams through one week of the preseason.
Colin Cowherd already revealed his post-NFL draft rankings months ago, but he updated his rankings on Tuesday’s edition of “The Herd,” listing the top 10 teams in the league after one week of the preseason.
Let’s get into it.
Record for 2021: 8-9, missed playoffs
Colin’s thoughts: “I like their offensive skill people and that’s where the league is going. Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. They also added Za’Darius Smith in free agency. Their pass rush wasn’t a strength last year, so they brought in one of the Packers’ better pass rushers. They’re also not as beatable as they were last year, and I think the Packers are a worse team.”
Record for 2021: 11-6, lost in wild card round
Colin’s thoughts: “DeAndre Hopkins won’t be around for the first six games, but they upgraded at wide receiver. Kyler Murray needs to stay healthy, but remember this team started 7-0 last year. [Kliff] Kingsbury was a very good coach in the beginning and middle of the season, and Murray was a very good defender in the beginning and middle of the season.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Record for 2021: 13-4, lost in divisional round
Colin’s thoughts: “Ryan Jensen, their center, is probably out for the year. He’s a top 5 center. Ali Marpet retired, Gronk retired and AB is gone. Also, Alex Capa, a very good guard, went to the Bengals. So, I don’t think they’re that good at tight end, nor are they that good on the interior or offensive line. Also, Chris Godwin is dealing with a torn ACL. Mike Evans has a hamstring problem. They’re not going to be fully healthy in September.”
San Francisco 49ers
Record for 2021: 10-7, lost in the NFC Championship Game
Colin’s thoughts: “If Trey Lance can play, that’s a good lineup. I’ve liked their draft picks the last two years. This is the most dynamic offense in the conference in terms of running back, tight end and wide receiver balance. They averaged 6.1 yards per play last year; it was a hit with Jimmy Garoppolo. They add a running back component with Lance, Deebo Samuel is now healthy and they drafted another running back.”
Record for 2021: 10-7, Super Bowl loss
Colin’s thoughts: “I think they did a great job on the interior offensive line. They allowed the most sacks in the league last year, so they went out and got some top guards. I think Joe Burrow led the NFL last year. He is one of the best deep passers and they have a great young core of offensive linemen. Something else to mention – they were 8-4 in their last 12 games – they were a very young team that improved against very good competition at the end of the year.”
Los Angeles Chargers
Record for 2021: 9-8, missed playoffs
Colin’s thoughts: “A lot of my people in the league think they have the best lineup in the league. Where they needed help, they had another rusher in Khalil Mack. They probably needed a No. 1 corner; they got jc jackson. There’s room for improvement — you could run into them and they were 29th in scoring defense, but they’re very aggressive and their offensive line went from bad to No. 5 or No. 6 in the league.”
Kansas City Chiefs
Record for 2021: 12-5, lost in AFC Championship Game
Colin’s thoughts: “They’re not going to be as dynamic after losing Tyreek Hill. They may have the same production, but they won’t give you those cheap, over-the-top touchdowns. Their offense is not my concern. But their defense? No team in the NFL faces more good quarterbacks than Kansas City. That’s why I’m rooting for them to be a wild card team.”
Record for 2021: 7-10, missed playoffs
Colin’s thoughts: “They have three dynamic players up front on defense, along with a stellar safety and two really high-class corners. I think we sleep on their protection. I really like Denver’s defense. Their depth at receiver isn’t something I worry about. They have a new culture — a new quarterback and a new coach, but I like their lineup.”
Los Angeles Rams
Record for 2021: 12-5, won the Super Bowl
Colin’s thoughts: “They upgraded at wide receiver, so now they have Cooper Cupp and Allen Robinson. They also improved at linebacker, which was the weakest part of their team. Cam Akers missed most of last year. They were without their best running back for most of last year — he’s back. Also, do you think Matthew Stafford will lead the NFL in interceptions again this year?’
Record for 2021: 11-6, lost in divisional round
Colin’s thoughts: “I thought Buffalo was the best team in the league last year and I think they have the best lineup this year. They drafted well. They developed well. They have a new offensive coordinator, Ken Dorsey, and people around the NFL have been talking about Dorsey for years. They had the No. 1 defense last season, the No. 1 scoring defense, total defense, pass defense and third-down defense, so that doesn’t change. I like Buffalo.”
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