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 – The Colts continued their trend of taking care of business by thumping the Rams 42-6 on the road Sunday. Indy hasn’t had many showdown games, aside from the first two games of the season in which they edged Jacksonville and Miami, but the Colts are whipping bad teams like the Rams, the Titans, and the Seahawks. That’s the sign of the good team. They also have a convincing road win at Arizona. Until someone slows them down, we have no choice but to include the Colts among the league’s very best.
Sink – Chicago Bears – The Bears had hung in and played well on the road, even though they lost both at Green Bay and at Atlanta last week. But at Cincinnati, they laid a complete egg and got their doors blown off 45-10. That’s not the kind of performance that gives us confidence that the Bears can compete for a playoff spot. And when you consider that the Bengals had already lost twice at home, Chicago’s performance looks all the more putrid. That was a bad day at the office for the Bears.
Float – San Diego Chargers – The Chargers, after a crushing home loss to the Broncos, bounced back by whipping the Chiefs in Arrowhead. That’s a good sign of a bounce back, but it’s not enough to claim that the Chargers are anything more than a playoff contender. At 3-3, staring up at Denver in the AFC West standings, the Chargers still have a big hill to climb. Sunday’s step was more like preventing a fall down the hill than significant progress upward.