Each week, we compare all 32 NFL teams using our Football Relativity comparison. On the comparison, the 10 level is reserved for the best teams, and the 1 level for the worst. We’ll note throughout where teams have moved up or down from last week.
Ravens WR Torrey Smith catches the game-winner against the Steelers, via washingtonpost.com
(Note: Work commitments have pulled me away this week, so this week’s version will be a bit abbreviated. We’ll be back to full strength next week.)
10 – Green Bay Packers – Another week, another win for Green Bay, which took care of business in San Diego.
9 – Baltimore Ravens (UP A LEVEL), Houston Texans (UP A LEVEL), Pittsburgh Steelers – The Ravens move back up to this level after beating the Steelers. Baltimore has talent that nearly compares to Green Bay, but not consistency. The Texans continued to take care of business, and now the question is not whether they will make the playoffs but how much noise they can make when they get there.
8 – Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots (DOWN A LEVEL), New Orleans Saints, New York Giants (UP A LEVEL), San Francisco 49ers – We move the Patriots down after two straight losses. The winner of the Falcons/Saints game next week will move up a level, and the 49ers are close to doing so as well. The Giants won in New England to take control of the NFC East for now. Can they maintain it?
7 – Chicago Bears (UP A LEVEL), Cincinnati Bengals (UP A LEVEL), Detroit Lions, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers – The Chargers lost to the Packers but played a good second half. We haven’t been Jets believers, but their win in Buffalo was a huge accomplishment. The Bengals went to Tennessee and posted 17 straight points in the second half to get a win. The Bears won in Philadelphia Monday night and can take a big step in the wild-card race by beating Detroit this week.
6 – Buffalo Bills (DOWN A LEVEL), Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders (DOWN A LEVEL), Philadelphia Eagles (DOWN A LEVEL), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DOWN A LEVEL) – The Bills, Raiders, and Eagles all had disappointing home losses that were severely damaging to playoff hopes. The Buccaneers missed an opportunity in New Orleans, and their overall level of play moves them down. The Cowboys beat the Seahawks and need to take advantage of their schedule over the next month.
5 – none
4- Kansas City Chiefs (DOWN A LEVEL), Tennessee Titans – The Chiefs laid an egg at home against the Dolphins, while the Titans blew a lead at home against the Bengals. Both were disappointing losses that show limitations.
3 – Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos (UP A LEVEL), Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks – Three byes, while the Seahawks lost in Dallas. Seattle still is competitive, so it stays above the teams below. The Broncos won in Denver, and it appears that Tim Tebow despite his faults makes the team competitive.
2 – Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns (DOWN A LEVEL), Miami Dolphins (UP A LEVEL), St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins (DOWN A LEVEL) – The Cardinals eked by the Rams, but neither team distinguished themselves. The Browns and Redskins each got three early wins, but right now are completely punchless. The Dolphins got a win in Kansas City and appear to have enough oomph to get a few more in the second half.
1 – Indianapolis Colts – The Colts were blasted at home by the Falcons to remain the league’s only winless team. Paging Andrew Luck.