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Broncos power rankings Week 8: Dominating win did little to help Denver’s rankings

I guess you need to have a blowout win closer to Tuesday morning to have a big effect on your teams power rankings

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NFL: Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos put a good old fashioned beating on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, so predictably we saw a bit of a bump in the teams overall rankings this week.

Even so, they still rank down near the early to mid 20s in most spots. That is probably a fair place for this team to be after that four-game skid. No one is sure who this team actually is at this point in the season.

A win next week against the Kansas City Chiefs would obviously change everything, but the Broncos have won just two road games since the start of 2017 and both of those were against teams they were favored against.

Here’s where the Broncos currently rank around the Internet.

SB Nation - 21st

Even the Broncos had a good week by destroying the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football.

ESPN - 23rd

Need more from: LB Von Miller. The Broncos’ defense has gone as Miller has gone. He had four sacks in the first two games of the season and 3.5 in the past two games, but Miller didn’t have a sack during a three-game stretch in which the Broncos allowed 27.8 points per game, all losses.

Yahoo Sports - 25th

It makes sense for the Broncos to trade Demaryius Thomas. Amari Cooper was more attractive because of his age and salary, but if the Raiders could get a first for Cooper you’d think the Broncos could get something for Thomas. And it’s clear Denver needs to give rookie Courtland Sutton more playing time. He’s really good.

USA Today - 26th

Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb are coalescing into pass rushing duo GM John Elway envisioned, their 14 sacks tops among teammates.

Sporting News - 23rd

The Broncos have to decide whether they’re still contenders for anything of note in 2019 or whether they should totally flip the page toward 2019 by moving some veteran pieces before the Oct. 30 trade deadline.