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 Orleans Saints – In the showdown against the New York Giants, the Saints dominated with a one-sided 48-27 victory. The Giants’ defense couldn’t slow the Saints’ high-powered offense, which had seven different players score touchdowns, and the Saints held the Giants down without too much trouble. After that win to cap a 5-0 start, we have no choice but to move the Saints to the top of the comparison. What a performance.
Sink – Cincinnati Bengals – We moved the Bengals up to the level comparable to teams expected to make the playoffs last week after their win in Baltimore, but Cincy let down this week and lost a home game to the Texans. Cincinnati is still a playoff threat, but we can’t expect them to make it after this performance. Cincy has to prove it has broken old trends, but this game was something the same ol’ Bungles would have done.
Float – Minnesota Vikings – In their first real test of the season, the Vikings beat the Ravens at home. (We have in-depth thoughts on that game in this post.) On the surface, that would be reason to move up to the top of the Football Relativity comparison. But the way the Vikings played – surrendering a 13-point fourth-quarter lead and then surviving a 44-yard field-goal attempt at the final gun – was not indicative of a great team. The Vikings are good, but we’re still not completely convinced.