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 – Washington Redskins – It’s rare that we move a team up the comparison after a loss, but Washington has shown since its bye that it is getting better as a team. That certainly was the case in Sunday’s narrow 7-6 loss at Dallas. The defense continues to play pretty well, even without Albert Haynesworth this week. We’ll see if the Redskins can maintain this, but at this point they’re more daunting than teams like the Bills or the Seahawks because they have the capacity to actually win against a good team.
Sink – Pittsburgh Steelers – We can’t count the Steelers among the league’s elite when they follow up a crushing home loss to Cincinnati with a road loss at lowly Kansas City. While we kind of saw the result coming (emphasis on the kind of), it’s still the kind of loss that separates top teams like Indy, New Orleans, and Minnesota from the next level of teams. That’s why we’re moving the Steelers down in the comparison.
Float – Jacksonville Jaguars – Don’t look now, but the Jags have run their record to 6-4, which leaves them in the playoff hunt as we for some reason predicted before the season. Sunday’s win over Buffalo wasn’t impressive, given that it was against a mediocre team at home yet still required the Jaguars to come from behind, but it was a win. That keeps Jacksonville on the fringes of the playoff race, and that means we will keep them there in our comparison.