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Denver Broncos drop (again) in Power Rankings for Week 16

Because that's what happens when your team can't play a complete game of football (again).

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A few of the regular rankers in this series are missing this week, but I doubt they would have had anything much different to say about the Broncos. The Broncos could surprise everyone and get their act together against the Bengals, or they could continue to struggle. Hopefully this post will be more fun to write next week!

Here are the rankings for the Broncos this week around the web.

ESPN: 8 (last week 5)

The Broncos outscored opponents by 40 points in the first half of their past three games. Problem is, they've been shut out 36-0 in the second half of those games.

Top 5: Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Steelers, Bengals. 6 (last week )

Would hate to be in the film room reviewing coverage from the second half of Sunday's loss. The Broncos let the Steelers' wide receivers run around like kids at a public swimming pool at Heinz Field, turning what seemed, late in the first half, like an almost certain victory into Denver's second straight loss.

Top 5: Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers.

SB Nation: 8 (last week 4)

The Broncos surprised me with a pretty impressive offensive output in the first half of Sunday's matchup with the Steelers as they jumped out to a big lead, but they failed to hold that lead before succumbing to Pittsburgh's offensive onslaught.

Top 5: Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks.

CBS Sports: 8 (last week 6)

The defense has to bounce back after a terrible showing at Pittsburgh. They have to be better in the second half.

Top 5: Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Seahawks, Bengals.

Fox Sports: 9 (last week 7)

It was a tale of two halves for QB Brock Osweiler, the second-half collapse was marred by poor decisions and a few more dropped passes. With a key game looming against the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s anyone’s guess who will be starting at quarterback if Manning is able to practice on Wednesday.

Top 5: Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers.

PFF: 8 (last week 6)

Linebacker Brandon Marshall has 0.67 yards per coverage snap, fifth-lowest among inside/middle linebackers.

Top 5: Panthers, Patriots, Cardinals, Bengals, Packers.

What do you think about these Power Rankings? Let us know in the comments!