Each week, we look through the Sunday NFL results to find one team that’s rising, one team that’s sinking, and one team that stays at the same level. You’ll see these changes reflected in our weekly Football Relativity comparison of all 32 teams. This week, we focus on the NFC playoff race.
Rise – Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys moved to 3-3 with a convincing 34-7 victory over the Rams. The game starts an important schedule run that includes three winnable home games and two NFC East road games, including next week’s trip to Philadelphia. That means it’s time for the ‘Boys to pile up a bunch of wins and take a lead in the NFC East. Our hunch is that they will do just that.
Sink – Detroit Lions – The Lions lost their second straight game at home 23-16 to the Falcons, and more importantly, quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a right leg injury. After a 5-0 start, two straight home losses is a bad sign, but it’s not a reason for panic. It’ll be interesting to see how Detroit bounces back – and how serious the Stafford injury is – because it will tell if things really have changed for the better in Detroit. Next week’s trip to Denver will be telling.
Float – Chicago Bears – The Bears got off to a great start and held off the Buccaneers 24-18 in London, moving to 4-3. They go into their bye firmly in playoff contention, but the team needs to show more in order to prove they can earn a repeat trip to the postseason. They will come off their bye with two games of utmost importance – a road trip to Philadelphia and a home game against Detroit. If the Bears want to make the playoffs, they need to be ready to go once the bye is over.