Week 6 Broncos Power Rankings
Previous week's ranking in parenthesis.
SB Nation - 1 (1)
I realize you're probably getting tired of seeing Denver's name atop every arbitrary weekly list of NFL teams (unless you're a Broncos fan). But what other team belongs here, based on what we know at this point of the season?
This week's tilt with the Jaguars was a trap game, and if you picked Denver to cover the 27-point spread, it was a loss. This was Denver's worst game of the season. Peyton Manning and Co. produced only 407 yards and scored 35 points, both season lows. Three turnovers by the offense were a season high. I think it was a blip.
NBC already gave Peyton's return to Indianapolis this week an appropriately sentimental soundtrack (it actually plays like the guy's funeral train is making its last stop). But Von Miller's return to the lineup might be the most notable change, apologies to the Peacock network's histrionics.
Whoever thought one could feel disappointed by a 16 point drubbing of an inferior foe? Well, that's exactly how most Denver Broncos fans felt after a poor outing by Peyton Manning and company against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.
ESPN - 1 (1)
Circle Week 11. Indy presents a nice story, but Washington, a bye and San Diego are also between now and the Broncos' all-important first meeting with the 6-0 Chiefs.
It wasn't as easy as expected, but they got the job done against Jacksonville. Now Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis. Ready for the hype?
The Broncos aren't going to always just roll through their opponents. They will get everyone's best effort from here on out and there will be more stress on the Broncos defense.
NFL.com - 1 (1)
You've got to hand it to those Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning and the whole gang decided to match the excitement of Week 5's game in Dallas for the benefit of us all, spotting the Jaguars four scores Sunday. It made the first 38 minutes interesting, anyway.
AP Pro Poll - 1 (1)
(12 out of 12 first place votes). The AP Pro32 is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL's 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point.
FOX Sports - 1 (1)
Denver has the No. 1 scoring offense, total offense and passing offense -- but also the worst passing defense, the 29th ranked total defense and the 24th ranked scoring defense. They are beatable.
The Jaguars lost to the Broncos by 16 and the Rams by 14. This means that Denver is only two points better than St. Louis. It's true. I just did the math for you.
Oh, but wait, Von Miller is back. He should have a bit of an impact, right? Make that three points better than St. Louis!
In all seriousness, I wish Denver would've tried. I still don't know how Peyton Manning said "We're playing a good NFL football team" leading up to the week with a straight face.
Average Ranking: 1 • Average Change: N/A
This is the first time this season the Broncos have been truly, unanimously #1, with the final voter in the AP Poll coming around and voting for the Broncos as the NFL's first place team. But have the Broncos peaked too early?