Friday, September 29, 2023

Denver Broncos Week 4 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Denver Broncos in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 31

Biggest issue on offense: Turnovers and timing

The Broncos are tied for 27th in the league with a minus-5 turnover margin in just three games. Some of that is because they don't take the ball away from the opposition often enough (another story for another day), but they've lost three fumbles -- two by Courtland Sutton in the disastrous 70-20 loss Sunday -- to go with two interceptions by quarterback Russell Wilson. But Wilson is not the problem right now. This team is often running substitutions late in the play clock and has had more than their share of drive-stalling penalties on offense, including the pre-snap variety coach Sean Payton had promised to curtail. -- Jeff Legwold -- Rank: 31

It's hard to know where to start. Denver has lost games by one, two and 50 points. The talk has now temporarily shifted from the Sean Payton-Russell Wilson relationship to whatever in the world is happening with the defense. In Week 1, that unit played well enough to win. In Week 2, Sam Howell carved Denver up. Week 3 was just an ambush, the likes of which we've not seen in many, many years. Would you believe that the Broncos have the sixth-most-expensive defense in the NFL, per Over the Cap? Wilson and the passing game have done some nice things, but not nice enough to overcome that. The defense needs to straighten out fast.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 30

Wow, 70 points given up in an NFL game? Sean Payton better talk to his players about quitting. That's what it looked like in the loss to Miami.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

QB Russell Wilson is 0-3 for the first time in his NFL career. Denver just became the first team to lose by 50 points in nearly nine years. But they go to Chicago this Sunday with the chance to prove they're not the worst team in the league.

The Athletic -- Rank: 32

QB confidence rating: 3

Does it matter? The Broncos managed to at least briefly distract from their long-term Russell Wilson problem by giving up 70 points to the Dolphins and stealing last place from the Bears.

FOX -- Rank: 31

The Broncos wound up on the wrong side of a historic butt-kicking — and at the hands of a head coach in Mike McDaniel who used to be their ball boy. Sean Payton is going to need every ounce of his NFL experience to move his team past this, because this is the type of loss that can fester.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 31

The Broncos had a good defense last season. They were seventh in the NFL in yards allowed and generally played well. There was no way to predict the disaster the defense has been this season. The Broncos didn't play well in the first two weeks and then Sunday became the second team in NFL history to allow 700 yards in a game. Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who took over from last year's coordinator Ejiro Evero, can't be feeling too comfortable.

PFT -- Rank: 31

Fortunately for the Broncos and their fans, weed is legal in Colorado.

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