Through five weeks of the NFL season, we’re starting to see the cream rise to the top of the league. FS1’s Colin Cowherd believes that there are eight clear Super Bowl contenders, and the group doesn’t include some of the higher-profile teams in the NFL.
On today’s edition of The Herd, the radio host rolled out his first “Super Bowl Bubble” of the season. He believes eight teams stand out above the rest, with three more franchises on the outside looking in.
The undefeated Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans all make the list. They’re joined by the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The most interesting exclusion may be the Buffalo Bills. The team is 4-1, coming off of its first loss, a 42-16 drubbing at the hands of the Titans. Still, Josh Allen has emerged as a top-flight quarterback this year, and one-loss shouldn’t totally rule a team out.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 15, 2020
The New Orleans Saints have a winning pedigree, but have looked shakier than in years past. The team is 3-2, but snuck by the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers in their last two games. They have a point differential of +3 through five games.
The Chargers’ place in this discussion at all is pretty fascinating. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has looked fantastic, way ahead of schedule, and came incredibly close to knocking off the Saints last week. They’ve been within one score in every game, and have had a tough schedule, taking the Kansas City Chiefs to overtime, and falling to the Carolina Panthers and Buccaneers by single scores. Things could definitely turn around for them, but a 1-4 start is tough to overcome in the NFL.
Two games this coming week feature two teams in Cowherd’s “bubble” of contenders: the Packers at the Bucs, and the Chiefs at the Bills.