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 – Cleveland Browns – The Browns got their third win of the season in convincing fashion with a 34-14 thumping of the Patriots. Since rookie Colt McCoy moved into the starting lineup, the Browns have beaten the Saints and Patriots, which are two pretty impressive pelts to put on the wall. Cleveland’s defense is rounding into shape, and McCoy has provided enough offensive stability to keep the Browns moving downfield. The Browns aren’t a playoff team, but they have moved from being a pushover to being a tough out to being a team that is learning how to win. That’s why it’s time for our comparison to reflect this progress.
Sink – Houston Texans – The Texans jumped out to a lead over the Chargers, but Houston’s horrific pass defense struck again, allowing the Chargers to rally for a 29-23 victory. If the Texans want to keep pace with the Colts and Titans in the AFC South, they simply have to fix their secondary. Until they do, they’re moving down out of the playoff picture in the comparison.
Float – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Buccaneers lost at Atlanta, but they didn’t get blown out (losing 27-21) like they have against top teams New Orleans and Pittsburgh earlier this season. That’s a good sign for a team that believes it is good enough to compete for a wild-card playoff spot. We agree.