Thursday, November 11, 2021

Denver Broncos Week 10 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: 17.0 (17th)
  • Best ranking: 15th (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 19th (CBS Sports)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 15

Bold second-half prediction: Rookie LB Jonathon Cooper will lead the Broncos in sacks this season.

When Bradley Chubb went on injured reserve in September and Von Miller was traded on Nov. 1, opportunity met preparation for Cooper, who has made his first two career starts in the Broncos' last two games. The seventh-round pick had his first two career sacks in the Broncos' win over the Cowboys this past Sunday. Cooper has shown an already growing résumé of rush moves and will be a problem for opposing offenses the rest of the way. The last rookie to lead the team in sacks? Miller, in 2011. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 17

In their first game without Von Miller, the Broncos were the best version of themselves in a stunning upset of the Cowboys. The running game -- led by Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon -- operated as a runaway train, while Teddy Bridgewater outplayed Dak Prescott with an efficient performance that saw big contributions from Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. Then there was the defense, which shut out the No. 1 offense in football until garbage time and made you think Denver might still have greatness on that side of the ball -- even with a franchise legend like Miller cashing his checks elsewhere. This was the type of performance that changes the way you look at a team.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

Give Vic Fangio credit for getting his team ready to beat the Cowboys. After trading Von Miller, who knew how they would play? The defense was outstanding against the Cowboys and they are in the playoff hunt.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

Though 5-4, Denver's rout of Dallas on Sunday was its first victory over a varsity opponent. A win over Eagles on Sunday would give Broncos sweep of NFC East.

The Athletic -- Rank: 17

Are they good? If this were simply based on a one-game sample from Week 9, the answer would be yes. But the Broncos' entire body of work tells us that they are not, in fact, good, because good teams don't go on four-game losing streaks. But we finally saw the Broncos live up to their defensive potential against Dallas and they remain firmly in the AFC West race, so we'll keep them on the "maybe" list.

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