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 – Houston Texans – We don’t love the Texans, but they proved in a come-from-behind 16-13 win against the Rams that they could win a game they absolutely had to have, despite adverse circumstances. That’s the kind of win Houston hasn’t been able to get over the years. So we move the Texans up to keep them amidst the ranks of the borderline playoff contenders.
Sink – New York Jets – Yes, the Jets had to play against Matt Ryan and Michael Turner when it looked as though they would avoid those stars, but still there’s no excuse for a home 10-7 loss to a Falcons team that discovered on Saturday night it could do nothing else but play out the string. For a Jets team with playoff hopes, this was a crushing loss that could ultimately prove fatal when it comes to the postseason.
Float – Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints – Last week we left the Cowboys in place despite a home loss to the Chargers, even though it looked as though we were leaving them above their level. This week, we’ll leave the Cowboys in place instead of having a knee-jerk reaction and raising them after a 24-17 win over the Saints. This is a good but not a great team that maintains its flaws despite the big win. The Saints, meanwhile, are still one of the top teams in the league, and so we’ll leave them on the top level with the Colts for another week. And if you want to read more about the Cowboys/Saints game, check out this post.