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 – Indianapolis Colts – I was down on the Colts coming into the season, and even after Indy won its first two games in close encounters vs. the Jaguars and Dolphins, I wasn’t convinced. But Indy has broken out the last two weeks, whipping the Cardinals on the road and then posting a supremely solid home win against the Seahawks. Indy’s defense seems to be adapting to the more aggressive style new head coach Jim Caldwell prefers, and Peyton Manning is still the best in the league at what he does. There’s no defense now for not considering the Colts an elite team.
Sink – Tennessee Titans – Say what you want about the Titans’ talent – it’s not delivering right now. Tennessee falls to 0-4 with a lackluster performance at Jacksonville. Like the Panthers, the Titans should be better than their record, but at this point you can’t consider them anything but what their record is. The results just haven’t been there.
Float – Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals nearly blew a game at Cleveland that they absolutely had to win if they are to make the playoffs, but in the end they pulled it out. Cincy is not a great team, but the Bengals aren’t the laughinstock Bungles they were last year. This team is going to be a tough out pretty much every week, and a playoff berth is still possible.