Each Monday, we’ll look at 3 teams that are rising, sinking, and floating in our Football Relativity comparison. We’ll update the full comparison tomorrow.
Rise – New York Jets – The Jets are the trendy team to back, but they are backing up the hype on the field. They won a hard-fought game against a Tennessee team that’s just as physical as they are. That gives them two quality wins in back-to-back weeks at home. I still don’t know if the Jets are one of the top 5 teams in the league, but they are a top-10 team for sure, and they move up the comparison as a result. By the way, you can read more specific thoughts about the Jets’ win over Tennessee in this post.
Sink – Cleveland Browns – St. Louis is a bad team, and so is Tampa Bay, but the Browns are putting forth an argument to be the worst team in the league right now. Switching QBs from Brady Quinn to Derek Anderson didn’t help at all in a 34-3 stinker against the Ravens. Plus, Eric Mangini’s players are now officially revolting. This is a bad situation that’s getting worse by the minute.
Float – New England Patriots – Many people jumped off the Patriots’ bandwagon after their Week 2 loss to the Jets, but we left the Pats as one of the top 3 teams in the league. That paid off this week, as New England got a solid if unspectacular win against the Falcons at home. New England isn’t a perfect team, and the defense’s youth movement will take time to gel. But as they work through defensive changes and survive the absence of Wes Welker due to injury, the Pats are doing just fine, thank you. They will be around at the end of the year.