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Broncos’ Power Rankings Around the Web: Week 2

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How are the Broncos faring after domination turned into last second victory?

Los Angeles Chargers v Denver Broncos Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Broncos dominated the Chargers on Monday Night Football, then faltered, and then finished by standing strong at literally the last second. In a very Jekyll & Hyde sort of game, which aspect stood out more to power rankers around the web?

It’s a bit of a mixed bag, and some media members out there clearly didn’t pay as much attention to the Broncos’ offense as they probably should have. This was a balanced team victory that, fluke-driven crazy attempted comeback aside, resembles the 2016 Broncos’ demolition of the Raiders in Week 17.

Mile High Report:

10. Denver Broncos

Last Week: 13 (+3)

When it comes to power rankings, three quarters of dominance outweigh a ridiculously fluky interception and a no call allowing a TD in spite of a blatant hold. These Broncos looked noticeably better on offense than previous incarnations did, and Trevor Siemian threw some really nice balls out there. The run defense allowed a 21 yard scamper, then locked down hard and allowed just 2.05 yards/carry for the rest of the game. The Broncos deserve to rise into the Top 10 this week.

SB Nation:

SB Nation did a “hope” power rankings this week, ranking teams by the amount of optimism their week one performances generated. So it’s not a traditional strength-based rankings.

9. Denver Broncos

Bleacher Report:

17. Denver Broncos (1-0)

ESPN:

15. Denver Broncos

2017 record: 1-0

Preseason ranking: No. 9

Two late turnovers nearly cost the Broncos the win on Monday, but a blocked kick in the closing seconds saved the day. Possible overreaction: The offense hasn't ranked higher than 19th in scoring in either of the previous two seasons, but it could be three straight seasons after 2017. Good thing the defense is as great as it is (again).

Yahoo Sports:

9. Denver Broncos (1-0, LW: 12)

How do you feel if you’re the Broncos? For three-plus quarters they absolutely dominated a talented Chargers team. Then they almost gave it away and needed a really nice field-goal block to win. It’s probably correct to feel good about Week 1 as a whole, especially with how efficient the offense was.

USA Today:

9. Denver Broncos

For most of Monday, they resembled their 2015 championship form, playing suffocating defense with Trevor Siemian leading efficient offense.

NFL.com:

16. 1-0 BRONCOS

A little too close for comfort on Monday night. But the defense still held Philip Rivers and Co. to 249 total yards. Watching Denver's linebackers swarm to the football was something else, whether it was Von Miller and Shaq Barrett tearing off the edge, Brandon Marshall playing at his usual high level or Todd Davis' thunderous hit on fourth-and-1. Remember: Shane Ray will be back at midseason, too. Offensively, Jamaal Charles clearly showed he still has some gas left in the tank. The largest takeaway? Trevor Siemian is not the problem. Multiple fourth-quarter giveaways sure are, though.

Sports Illustrated:

14. DENVER BRONCOS (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 12

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 337

Highest-Place Vote: 9th

Lowest-Place Vote: 22nd

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. L.A. Chargers, 24-21

Week 2 Opponent: vs. Dallas

Washington Post:

12. Denver Broncos (1-0) | Preseason Rank: 12

The Broncos nearly squandered a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter Monday night to the Chargers but just held on to win on a blocked field goal with one second left. Coach Vance Joseph got the victory in his NFL head coaching debut and QB Trevor Siemian played well enough to instill belief that he’s capable of getting the Broncos back into the playoffs.

CBS Sports:

12. Broncos

They nearly blew the game to the Chargers in the fourth quarter, but that's a big division victory. The defense will have to carry this team.

FiveThirtyEight:

7th

Numberfire:

#11 Denver Broncos

Poll

Where do you rank the Broncos after Week One?

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    1st - 4th
    (117 votes)
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    5th - 8th
    (615 votes)
  • 56%
    9 - 12th
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    (68 votes)
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