Broncos 2021 NFL power rankings tracker: How national experts rank Denver entering Week 2 – The Denver Post
After winning their first September game in three years, a lopsided 27-13 victory over the Giants, optimism is permeating in Broncos Country.
What’s the feeling across the national outlets? In general, Denver is regarded as a middle-of-the-pack team after the win but some of the highs are really high (Sports Illustrated has them ranked No. 9) and the lows are really low (Sporting News has them at No. 26). But those opinions can change if Teddy Bridgewater and Von Miller can make another statement in Week 2.
Next up: Heading to Jacksonville to take on No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars on Sunday.
Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings entering Week 2:
Bleacher Report (No. 18) | Last week: No. 21
“Optimism regarding the new-look Giants lasted about three whole hours. Playing at home against a Denver team no one is penciling in for a Super Bowl trip, the Giants were a mess on both sides of the ball.” See the full rankings.
CBS Sports (No. 13) | Last week: No. 17
“The defense is going to carry this team early in the season, which we saw against the Giants. Now they get to face rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence for a chance to go 2-0,” Pete Prisco writes. See the full rankings.
ESPN (No. 20) | Last week: No. 26
“Williams played 33 snaps in the regular-season opener — 50% of the offense’s total. As expected after he spent so much time with the starters in training camp and preseason games, Williams was on the field in all situations, downs and distances, as he finished with 14 of the Broncos’ 28 rushing attempts in the game. While Melvin Gordon III popped the big run — a 70-yard touchdown dash in the fourth quarter — Williams will continue to get plenty of work, and as his comfort level grows in the offense, so will his output,” Jeff Legwold writes. See the full rankings.
NFL.com (No. 16) | Last week: No. 22
“The Teddy Bridgewater era is off to an extremely promising start. The veteran quarterback looked confident and comfortable in his Denver debut, leading the Broncos to a 27-13 win over the Giants at the Meadowlands. Bridgewater led the Broncos on four consecutive scoring drives across the second and third quarters, three of those possessions ending with touchdowns. Sunday delivered optimism for the offense but also uncertainty after second-year wideout Jerry Jeudy went down with a high-ankle sprain that will reportedly cost him 4-to-6 weeks. With Courtland Sutton still working his way back from knee surgery, other Denver pass catchers must step up,” Dan Hanzus writes. See the full rankings.
Sporting News (No. 26) | Last week: No. 28
“The Broncos kept it simple with veterans to take down the Giants, with Teddy Bridgewater’s short-to-intermediate passing and Melvin Gordon’s reliable running. Also, just how much did they miss Von Miller and his pass rush?” Vinnie Iyer writes. See the full rankings.
Sports Illustrated (No. 9) | Last week: No. 18
“Yes, it was the Giants. But hear me out: Vic Fangio will be coaching a top five defense at season’s end. This, combined with a coach who has developed a bit of an edge with his back against the wall, and some sound, ball-control football from Teddy Bridgewater is the recipe for a deep wildcard sleeper,” Conor Orr writes. See the full rankings.
USA Today (No. 15) | Last week: No. 18
“Their .683 winning percentage in Week 1 is the NFL’s best since the 1970 merger, but it hasn’t helped them finish a season above .500 since 2016. But this team looks dangerous (and classy, coach Vic Fangio wearing an FDNY hat on the sideline Sunday),” Nate Davis writes. See the full rankings.
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