Saturday, November 6, 2021

Denver Broncos Week 9 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: 20.6 (21st)
  • Best ranking: 18th (Multiple)
  • Worst ranking: 23rd (

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 18

Biggest Achilles' heel: Offense

The Broncos currently reside in a points-scoring neighborhood where they've spent the past six seasons. They are one of 10 teams averaging fewer than 20 points per game this season, and of those 10 teams, only the Broncos (4-4) and the Steelers (4-3) do not have losing records. In short, that's not where a legitimate playoff hopeful finds itself. The Broncos haven't averaged more than 21 points a game in any of the previous four years and haven't averaged more than 23 points per game since 2014. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 23

An unsightly 17-10 win over the Washington Football Team obviously wasn't enough to convince the Broncos braintrust it had built a contender. Denver traded the longtime face of its defense on Monday, sending Von Miller to the Rams for second- and third-round picks in 2022. It's a fairly modest return for a franchise great, but you understand the decision. Denver is a middling team, and Miller is a 32-year-old outside linebacker making a ton of money. His age means he's unlikely to be part of the next contending Broncos team, but it's still sad to see his often-brilliant tenure with the franchise end with a trade-deadline transaction involving mid-round picks. The Broncos feel adrift.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 22

The defense played well against Washington, but the offense continues to flounder. They have to throw it better.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

End of an era with a saddened Miller departing Denver. But the draft picks he returns -- a second- and third-rounder next year -- could be the currency Broncs need to make a run at (once again) addressing the quarterback position in a more significant manner.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

How's the head coach? Boy, Vic Fangio really needed Sunday's victory, but even an end to the Broncos' four-game slide won't take much pressure off him. It was an ugly win, especially the final offensive possession, which was the scariest thing we saw on Halloween. Then the Broncos became sellers at the trade deadline, shipping Von Miller off to the Rams and signaling a coming rebuild.

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