Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Denver Broncos Week 8 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Denver Broncos rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 22.8 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 20th (USA Today)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 8 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Flea flickers gone wrong are on the short list of the most entertaining football plays. And when it's a flea flicker gone wrong during a snow game, it's pretty much impossible to beat. Not a lot to take away from the Broncos' loss to the Chiefs. You can't let Kansas City score on defense and special teams and have a chance to win.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 23

Drew Lock had a rough go of it against the Chiefs. Those games will happen for young passers, but it's how he responds that matters.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

Thorough performance Sunday, surrendering TDs on the ground, through the air, via turnover and special teams. When it snows, it snowballs.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Who needs to step up: QB Drew Lock

Broncos coach Vic Fangio is correct when he calls the team's passing-game struggles "an 11-man operation." And the Broncos certainly have issues in pass protection (13 sacks combined in Weeks 2 and 3), dropped passes and a propensity for negative plays. Yet Lock is just a 53% passer since returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out of two games. He has looked impatient in the pocket at times, leaving his progressions too early and passing up easier completions to make riskier and unsuccessful throws downfield. He needs help, but he can control how he operates in the pocket and how he handles the way defenses are playing him. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 23

If the Broncos want to be taken seriously in the AFC West, let's start with being mildly competitive against the Chiefs. We're not there yet, as evidenced by the 43-16 thumping at frigid Mile High on Sunday. That's 10 straight losses to Kansas City, turning this one-time rivalry into a one-sided party. The Broncos were blown out despite holding Patrick Mahomes to 200 passing yards and a single touchdown. It spoke to how poorly Denver played in all other phases of the game. A frazzled Drew Lock was part of the problem, and it's not unfair to start wondering if Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway has -- once again -- misjudged his own quarterback room.

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