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 ran their record to 7-6 by going into Tampa and recording a solid 26-3 victory. That the win came with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens is an affirmation of the Jets’ ability to run the ball and play defense. With Jacksonville losing, the Jets have clawed their way back into the playoff hunt after losing six of seven earlier this season. With two three-game winning streaks and two three-game losing streaks, the Jets are, well, streaky, but a win over Atlanta next week will put them in position to make a splash against Indianapolis and Cincinnati in the final two weeks of the season.
Sink -Jacksonville Jaguars – We moved the Jaguars up after last week’s key win against the Texans, but the Jags couldn’t play to that level again, as they fell to the Dolphins at home 14-10. That’s a crushing loss for Jax, which was in position to take control of the AFC Wild Card race with a win. Now they find themselves in a scrum with Baltimore, the Jets, and the Dolphins at 7-6. That’s a huge opportunity missed.
Float – Dallas Cowboys – Many people are jumping off the Cowboys’ bandwagon, counting their back-to-back losses against the Giants and Chargers as the normal December swoon. But we won’t quite sign off on the ‘Boys just yet, because there’s no shame in either of those losses. The schedule doesn’t get any easier next week at the Saints, but the Cowboys still can control their own destiny with division wins against the Redskins and Eagles in the final two games of the season.