Watch Colin Cowherd count down his rankings of the top 10 NFL teams heading into Week 1.
10. New England Patriots
“What coach dominates young quarterbacks? Bill Belichick. The AFC East now has rookie Zach Wilson, Tua starting in his first real year, and Josh Allen still a fairly new quarterback. They added to their tight end and wide receiver groups, the schedule is not overly formidable, and the division is going to be a defensive-led division. Outside of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, most of your best players are defensive players, and I think the best defensive team is going to be New England. They ran the ball almost 52% of the time and I don’t think they’re asking that much of Mac Jones – it’s the deepest running back stable they’ve had. They have a very good offensive line. There’s a lot of teams I could put at ten, but I truly think the Patriots are undervalued. I think this is an 11 or 12-win team if you look at the schedule.”
9. Indianapolis Colts
“I do worry about some of their vaccination issues but don’t forget that they’ve added Carson Wentz and Eric Fisher, so they’re more athletic at left tackle and at quarterback. Don’t forget that at the end of last year they had two emerging young stars – Jonathan Taylor, running back and Michael Pittman, receiver. They were also one of five teams to be top 10 in offense AND defense. This is a rock-solid organization that simply needs more athleticism at quarterback and with Wentz they have it.”
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