Sunday, January 3, 2021

Denver Broncos Week 17 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: 25.8 (26th)
  • Best ranking: 21st (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 28th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 17 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Justin Simmons, S: The Broncos used the franchise tag on Simmons last offseason and will try to sign him to a long-term deal. Simmons has a case to be the league's highest-paid safety. He hasn't missed a snap over the last three seasons, is 27 and just made the Pro Bowl.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

They have to be excited about the future. Vic Fangio is coming back, and it's the right thing to do.

USA Today -- Rank: 28

A league-high 32 turnovers is dreadful. But a -20 turnover differential that's twice as bad as any other team really sums up Denver's 2020.

ESPN -- Rank: 27

New Year's resolution: Get (and stay) healthy

People often say if you have your health you have everything. Well, the Broncos would certainly like to see if that can be true in 2021. The Broncos have lost four defensive starters -- including Von Miller for the entire season -- their No. 1 receiver (Courtland Sutton) for all but two games and two-time 1,000-yard rusher Phillip Lindsay. At one point the Broncos lost four cornerbacks to injury in a two-week span as a fifth -- A.J. Bouye -- was suspended for violating the league's PED policy. Toss in a game in which the Broncos had to play without a rostered quarterback due to COVID-19 protocols and it has been a season unlike any other Vic Fangio has seen in more than three decades in the NFL. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 27

The Broncos showed fight in battling back from a 13-0 halftime deficit in Sunday's narrow loss to the Chargers, but maddening mistakes continue to be a trademark of this offense. Drew Lock threw two interceptions, extending his turnover streak to a league-worst 11 straight games, while rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy finished with five dropped passes. One came in the end zone, another had the chance to go for a game-winning score in the final minute. Jeudy has been the most targeted receiver on the Broncos this season, but those opportunities haven't translated into results for the second wideout taken in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jeudy is a gem that needs polish.

Previous update: Denver Broncos Week 16 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

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