Saturday, November 14, 2020

Denver Broncos Week 10 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: 23.4 (24th)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 25

Whatever their process is for game-planning, it's not working. The Broncos have been outscored by 57 points in the first halves of games this season; that ranks 29th. They're a resilient team, but it's not necessary to prove that resilience every week. One highlight: Love how Jerry Jeudy put his hand up to sell the go route before coming back on the fade-stop for the touchdown. He's really starting to come on strong.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

The good news against Atlanta is that Drew Lock continued to make progress. The bad news is that it came in a loss.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Franchise-tagged S Justin Simmons will be one of the league's most heavily pursued free agents if Denver can't work out a deal next year.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Recalibrated expectation: Find a way to .500

In a year when they believed they could get back in the playoff conversation, the Broncos have instead been ravaged by injuries from the moment Von Miller took an awkward step in a preseason practice to suffer a season-ending injury. Since then, they've had to use three different starting quarterbacks and have trailed by at least 10 points at halftime in five of their first eight games. They have played hard and practiced with purpose, but they'll need all of the character they can muster down the stretch with a schedule that still includes the Chiefs, Raiders, Saints, Dolphins and Bills. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 23

So much for building off that epic last-second win over the Chargers. The Broncos flew to Atlanta and proceeded to sleepwalk through most of the first three quarters of a 34-27 loss. Sure, Drew Lock made it look close with another three-touchdown surge in the game's final 15 minutes, but this was a flat effort from a team already on the verge of falling out of the playoff race. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam suffered a season-ending ACL tear and became the 17th Denver player to be placed on injured reserve this season. You can't put all of the Broncos' 3-5 record on rotten injury luck, but it shouldn't be ignored, either.

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