Lions leap in, Bengals hold steady in Colin’s ‘Herd Hierarchy’

The 2022 NFL regular season is winding down, and teams are beginning to punch their ticket to the playoffs. 

How were the Minnesota Vikings impacted by their historic 33-point comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts? Where do the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys stand after shaky Week 15 outings? Are the Philadelphia Eagles or the Cincinnati Bengals the team to beat?

Here is the “Herd Hierarchy” heading into Week 16, with insights from FOX Bet.

Herd Hierarchy: Lions leap in, Jaguars, Bengals pack Colin’s Top 10 into Week 16

Herd Hierarchy: Lions leap in, Jaguars, Bengals pack Colin's Top 10 into Week 16

Colin Cowherd reveals his top 10 teams heading into Week 16.

10. Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 8)

Overall record: 11-3 | Last week: Vikings won 39-36 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Colin’s thoughts: “Their defense stinks, but Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with seven fourth quarter comebacks. There is value in playing well late. There is value in coming from behind and value in winning close games — 11-3 in the National Football League, you are a good football team.”

Championship odds: +1800

Up next: Giants @ Vikings (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)

New York Giants


Minnesota Vikings


9. Detroit Lions (Last week: unranked)

Overall record: 7-7 | Last week: Lions won 20-17 vs. New York Jets

Colin’s thoughts: Jared Goff, six straight games without a pick. Nobody’s getting to him. When Jared Goff is comfortable, he’s a top 10-12 quarterback in this league. Goff has not taken a sack in back-to-back games. The Jets couldn’t get to him. This offensive line and these weapons are the real deal. They can win low scoring, they can win a shootout. I would take ’em today against the Vikings if they met again.”

Championship odds: +5000

Up next: Lions @ Panthers (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)

Detroit Lions


Carolina Panthers


8. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: unranked)

Overall record: 6-8 | Last week: Jaguars won 40-34 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Colin’s thoughts: “This is a real team. Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback in the league since Week 9. Now, they lost Cam Robinson, the left tackle, or I’d probably have them a spot higher. That’s a big deal. They didn’t have a great offensive line to begin with, they can’t lose their best offensive lineman.”

Championship odds: +8000

Up next: Jaguars @ Jets (8:15 p.m. ET Thursday, Amazon)

Jacksonville Jaguars


New York Jets


7. Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 5)

Overall record: 10-4 | Last week: Cowboys lost 40-34 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Colin’s thoughts: “Ten straight games rushing for over 125 yards. I think that’s the story. I think they’ve found their run game. Boy, could Buffalo use this run game. Now, Dak is throwing more interceptions. Some would argue this offensive line’s a work in progress, and after CeeDee Lamb, who’s a very good receiver, they don’t have a ton on the perimeter. But I think Dallas is just outside of the Super Bowl bubble.”

Championship odds: +1200

Up next: Eagles @ Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)

Philadelphia Eagles


Dallas Cowboys


6. Miami Dolphins (Last week: 7)

Overall record: 8-6 | Last week: Dolphins lost 32-29 vs. Buffalo Bills

Colin’s thoughts: “They outplayed Buffalo in lousy weather. This is a good team. They’re not a Super Bowl-winning team, but like Dallas, they can beat anybody, especially at home. Their defense isn’t great, but it’s been banged up for a good chunk of the year. Tua‘s got his limitations. Against good defenses, he completes under 60% of his throws. That’s why I compared him to Tebow.”

Championship odds: +3500

Up next: Packers @ Dolphins (1:00 p.m. ET Sunday, FOX)

Green Bay Packers


Miami Dolphins


5. Buffalo Bills (Last week: 4)

Overall record: 11-3 | Last week: Bills won 32-29 vs. Miami Dolphins

Colin’s thoughts: “Now, the Bills are better [than the Dolphins], but they were out-schemed and for big chunks of that game, outplayed at home in bad weather. C’mon, Miami going up in a blizzard? That thing should be over at half. Three losses have come by a combined eight points. What concerns me is they’re not always good situationally, and they’re highly dependent on Josh Allen to save the day. It’s got a Chargers feel to it.”

Championship odds: +350

Up next: Bills @ Bears (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, CBS)

Buffalo Bills


Chicago Bears


4. San Francisco 49ers (Last week: 6)

Overall record: 10-4 | Last week: 49ers won 21-13 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Colin’s thoughts: “Does it even matter who plays quarterback? They have eight wins by over 10 points — most in the NFL — [and the] No. 1 scoring defense. And, by the way, since they lost to the Chiefs, they’re 7-0. It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback. They are the most talented team in the league.”

Championship odds: +700

Up next: Commanders @ 49ers (4:05 p.m. ET Saturday, CBS)

Washington Commanders


San Francisco 49ers


3. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 3)

Overall record: 11-3 | Last week: Chiefs won 30-24 vs. Houston Texans

Colin’s thoughts: “Here’s what worries me: Opposing quarterbacks this year, and there’s been a lot of dogs, have a passer rating over 99 against the Chiefs. Why does that worry me? ‘Cause they may face Josh Allen and Joe Burrow, or in the first round, who knows, they could face the Chargers and Justin Herbert.”

Championship odds: +550

Up next: Seahawks @ Chiefs (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)

Seattle Seahawks


Kansas City Chiefs


2. Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 1)

Overall record: 13-1 | Last week: Eagles won 25-20 vs. Chicago Bears

Colin’s thoughts: Jalen Hurts is out. That’s why I take ’em out of the No. 1 spot. And I do sometimes think they’re reliant on Jalen Hurts’ feet more than his arm — that concerns me. Their defense, though, the NFL’s best pass defense, best yards-per-play defense. They’re a handful. It’s just hard to move the ball [on them].”

Championship odds: +400

Up next: Eagles @ Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET Saturday, FOX)

Philadelphia Eagles


Dallas Cowboys


1. Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 2)

Overall record: 10-4 | Last week: Bengals won 34-23 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Colin’s thoughts: “I think Cincinnati’s the best team in the league. I’ve been on this for seven weeks. Situationally, best team in the football. Six-game winning streak. Burrow now has time to throw. He’s completing 70% of his throws. I don’t see a lot of weaknesses here. They were totally flat against Tampa on the road, a decent team, and came roaring back. They have two running backs, three receivers, tight end, now Burrow’s getting protection. Defense doesn’t have stars, but usually, schemes brilliantly at half and shuts you down.”

Championship odds: +750

Up next: Bengals @ Patriots (1:00 p.m. ET Saturday, CBS)

Cincinnati Bengals


New England Patriots


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