Another big deficit, another big comeback for the Broncos? Eh, not quite.
Despite another strong fourth-quarter performance, Denver lost to Atlanta in Week 9 and fell to 3-5 on the year. Next up: A trip to Vegas to face off against the Raiders in their new home.
Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings entering Week 10:
Bleacher Report (No. 25) | Last week: No. 21
“”Let’s get real, Denver,” Davenport said. “Vic Fangio isn’t the answer at head coach, and Drew Lock isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback. Right now, the Broncos are in purgatory: too good to be really bad, but nowhere near good enough to be a real contender. Another 6-10 or 7-9 season isn’t going to net the Broncos a high enough pick to get a franchise quarterback. Can we interest you in a lightly used Jameis Winston?” Gary Davenport writes. See the full rankings.
CBS Sports (No. 24) | Last week: No. 21
“The good news against Atlanta is that Drew Lock continued to make progress. The bad news is that it came in a loss,” Pete Prisco writes. See the full rankings.
ESPN (No. 22) | Last week: No. 22
“In a year when they believed they could get back in the playoff conversation, the Broncos have instead been ravaged by injuries from the moment Von Miller took an awkward step in a preseason practice to suffer a season-ending injury. Since then, they’ve had to use three different starting quarterbacks and have trailed by at least 10 points at halftime in five of their first eight games. They have played hard and practiced with purpose, but they’ll need all of the character they can muster down the stretch with a schedule that still includes the Chiefs, Raiders, Saints, Dolphins and Bills,” Jeff Legwold writes. See the full rankings.
NFL.com (No. 23) | Last week: No. 18
“So much for building off that epic last-second win over the Chargers. The Broncos flew to Atlanta and proceeded to sleepwalk through most of the first three quarters of a 34-27 loss. Sure, Drew Lock made it look close with another three-touchdown surge in the game’s final 15 minutes, but this was a flat effort from a team already on the verge of falling out of the playoff race. Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam suffered a season-ending ACL tear and became the 17th Denver player to be placed on injured reserve this season. You can’t put all of the Broncos’ 3-5 record on rotten injury luck, but it shouldn’t be ignored, either,” Dan Hanzus writes. See the full rankings.
Sporting News (No. 21) | Last week: No. 20
“The Broncos played inspired comeback football with Drew Lock again in Atlanta, but it wasn’t enough despite their passing offense coming to life. Vic Fangio’s defense keeps opening too many holes,” Vinnie Iyer writes. See the full rankings.
Sports Illustrated (No. 24) | Last week: No. …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports