Thursday, September 30, 2021

Denver Broncos Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2021 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: 12.6 (13th)
  • Best ranking: 10th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 16th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 13

Teddy Bridgewater has been what a team with a potentially elite defense needed -- a calming, prepared and opportunistic passer who can close out drives and avoid turnovers. Yes, the Broncos' first three opponents are now 0-9, but the Broncos won those games by 14, 10 and 26 points. Bridgewater leads the league in completion percentage, is seventh in average length of completion and is fifth in passer rating. He already has become a leading voice in the locker room. And most importantly for a team that led the NFL in both giveaways overall as well as interceptions last season, he has not turned the ball over. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 12

Sure, the Broncos' undefeated start has come at the expense of also-ran squads that are a combined 0-9 through three weeks, but let's give credit where credit is due: Vic Fangio has this team playing well on both sides of the football. The soft schedule is undeniable, but so too is the quality tape Denver has put out for three weeks. Fangio's balanced defense continued to feast on the top of the 2021 NFL Draft, shutting down No. 2 pick Zach Wilson one week after beating up on No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence. The D's dominance has put Teddy Bridgewater and the offense in good position for three weeks. A Week 4 matchup against the Ravens should present a greater challenge all around.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

At 3-0, they've beaten three teams without a win, which makes it hard to evaluate how good they are. We know how good the defense is, that's for sure.

USA Today -- Rank: 16

It's tempting to rate them higher -- and they deserve credit for their 3-0 start -- it's just their three opponents so far are a collective 0-9.

The Athletic -- Rank: 12

Surprise! Teddy Bridgewater putting up stats -- like three straight games with a 75 percent completion rate, 100-plus passer rating and zero interceptions -- that only Peyton Manning has produced in Denver is a major reason the Broncos have won their opening three games for the first time since 2016. The schedule gets much tougher from here, but the Broncos appear to have made the right choice after a tight training camp battle between Bridgewater and Drew Lock.

Previous updates:

More Denver Broncos pages:

More of our content:

Keep track of our site's updates: (1) follow us on Twitter, (2) like us on Facebook and/or (3) subscribe to our newsletter.