Each week, we preview teams that are moving up and moving down in our weekly Football Relativity comparison. We’ll analyze all 32 teams on Tuesday.
Rise – Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers went to 3-0 with a dominating 38-13 victory at previously undefeated Tampa Bay. The Steelers not only had an outstanding defensive performance that included a Brett Keisel touchdown; they also got three TD passes out of Charlie Batch (two to Mike Wallace, pictured). The Steelers are playing inspired football thus far, and once Ben Roethlisberger returns, Steel City may well have the most complete team in the league.
Sink – New York Giants – After a season-opening win, the Giants have lost two games in which they were not close. Losing at Indy in Week 2 is no shame, but getting crushed 29-10 in a home game against the Titans doesn’t bode well. The Giants couldn’t stop Chris Johnson, and they turned the ball over three times as well. It’s not a good start for a Giants team that hoped for much more after a terrible finish last year.
Float – New Orleans Saints – The Saints lost a home game to the Falcons, but we believe the result says more about about the Falcons’ prowess than about the Saints’ failings. Drew Brees threw a couple of interceptions, but he also rallied the offense for a game-tying field goal at the end of regulation. And the Saints’ defense got a key stop in overtime, only to see it wasted when Garrett Hartley missed a field goal that would have won the game. So we’re leaving the Saints at the top level of our comparison until we see more compelling evidence that they’re falling apart.