Saturday, December 19, 2020

Denver Broncos Week 15 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: 22.4 (23rd)
  • Best ranking: 20th (
  • Worst ranking: 24th (Multiple)

Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 24

Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (15th) has looked the part for Denver. His 636 yards rank sixth among rookie wide receivers, which is remarkable considering how bad the Broncos' offense has been all season. With more consistent quarterback play, Jeudy could blow up in 2021.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

They have to be excited about Drew Lock going forward. His four-touchdown game against the Panthers was impressive.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

Suspensions and injuries have now cost them five cornerbacks -- great news with Josh Allen and the Bills headed to the Mile High City.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

The special-teams units -- Diontae Spencer's punt return TD in Sunday's win not withstanding -- have had plenty of migraine moments this season, likely more than that rating indicates. But this team's fortunes have fallen the hardest because of an offense that has turned the ball over far too often and scored touchdowns too few times. The turnovers are the red-alert number. The Broncos are last in the league in turnover margin, at minus-18, and their quarterbacks have thrown the most interceptions, with 21. The interception total, even with none against the Panthers on Sunday, is five more than that of the next-worst team. That is not a recipe to win. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 20

How could you not love the play call by Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who dialed up a deep shot to KJ Hamler to ice Sunday's 32-27 win over the Panthers? Running the ball to burn clock served as the logical strategy, but the Broncos instead put their faith in Drew Lock, who responded with his fourth touchdown pass of the day. It was a dream opportunity for Lock, a born gunslinger who lives to throw deep. Lock's second season has been a disappointment on balance, but a hot finish can only help in what will be another offseason of scrutiny at the quarterback position in Denver.

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