Saturday, November 21, 2020

Denver Broncos Week 11 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: 24.4 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 25th (

Below you will find a Week 11 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 28

Game-changing sequence late in the first half of their loss to the Raiders. Drew Lock scored on a 5-yard touchdown run that would've given the Broncos the lead, but it was called back for a holding penalty. Lock threw an interception -- one of four on the day -- on the next play. The Broncos are 3-6 and rank 31st in overall offense.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

Drew Lock looked ordinary at best against the Raiders, which is not a good thing for the long run. He has to quit turning it over.

USA Today -- Rank: 24

They better learn how to compete in AFC West after surrendering 110 points in their initial three-game swing through the division.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

What would they take back: Not picking up Garett Bolles' fifth-year option

Passing on Bolles' fifth-year option will cost Denver in the short term. Had the Broncos engaged Bolles' fifth-year option, he would have been paid slightly more than $11 million next season. While Bolles led the league in holding penalties during his first three seasons, he worked this past offseason to get stronger, and he has played with more composure as well as better hand technique. Some personnel executives believe he has played as well as any tackle in the league. The Broncos will face a decision, as well as competition for his services, when he is an unrestricted free agent in March. They'll need to cut a big check to keep him. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 25

It is not too early to be worried about Drew Lock. The second-year quarterback's hot-and-cold sophomore season hit a nadir on Sunday with a four-interception meltdown against the rival Raiders in a 37-12 loss. Lock has thrown 10 interceptions in seven starts this year and continues to play recklessly with the football -- a cowboy style of football that doesn't quite sync up with his skill level. Lock is very young and still relatively inexperienced -- his game has clear mechanical flaws and his play could improve with good coaching and better decision-making. But will John Elway and the Broncos have the patience to live with the growing pains? Lock might need a strong finish in the final seven weeks to keep the faith.

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