Saturday, December 5, 2020

Denver Broncos Week 13 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: 23.6 (T-23rd)
  • Best ranking: 22nd (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (The Athletic)

Below you will find a Week 13 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Meeting expectations: Broncos fans seemed to have much higher expectations for this team going into the season than I did. Vic Fangio has been fine. Denver's defense has been decimated by injuries, but Fangio has still somehow coached them to a top-1o efficiency ranking. At this point, we can say that he's a great defensive mind and is going to maximize the talent on that side of the ball. The issues on offense are mostly related to bad quarterback play. Fangio has not shown signs of being a great, difference-making head coach during his two years in Denver, but he has not been the reason for their failures either.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

The COVID-19 quarterback disaster of last week might have cost them any little playoff shot they had. It was their own doing, though. They now head to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.

USA Today -- Rank: 25

Courageous effort Sunday by Kendall Hinton, who earned mad locker room respect, after Denver was undermined by its other QBs flouting virus protocols.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Most important game remaining: Week 13 at Kansas City

In an injury-ravaged season in which the Broncos just played a game without any of their quarterbacks in uniform, the most important measuring stick of progress will be how the Broncos fare against the defending Super Bowl champions. The Broncos have lost 10 in a row to the Chiefs and four in a row at Kansas City, three of those coming by double digits. Patrick Mahomes isn't going anywhere and the Broncos can't really say they've progressed until they show it against the team that is on track to win the AFC West. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 23

Vic Fangio didn't mince words after COVID-19 protocol violations left the Broncos without a quarterback to dress in Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Saints. "I was disappointed on a couple of levels, that our quarterbacks put us in this position, that our quarterbacks put the league in this position," the coach said. Future trivia question answer Kendall Hinton delivered an admirable effort in an impossible situation, and now the Broncos have to shift their focus to finishing a disappointing season that took a hard left into the Twilight Zone in Week 12. Drew Lock apologized for the lack of mask discipline that helped put Denver in this mess -- we don't imagine this episode will help his standing as the Broncos evaluate their options behind center in 2021 and beyond.

Previous update: Denver Broncos Week 12 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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