Let’s take a look at some power rankings. The Denver Broncos dropped across the board with their 31-21 loss to the New England Patriots. Here’s a quick run down.
No. 17 (down 4 spots) – “The Broncos’ defense has to be able to get off the field on third down to allow Peyton Manning to do what he does”. - ESPN
No. 17 (down 1 spot) – “Their brutal early schedule has them in a 2-3 hole to start. Can they climb out of it?” – CBS Sports
No. 11 (down 3 spots) – “It didn’t feel much like a Brady/Manning matchup to the rest of us, but I couldn’t help but wonder if it felt like old times for Peyton Manning as he played lights out, but lapses in concentration by teammates Demaryius Thomas and Willis McGahee submarined him. I’m not saying the Broncos would’ve won without those mistakes, but it would’ve been a much more interesting game.” – Yahoo Sports
No. 17 (down 4 spots) – “There isn’t anything wrong with health of QB Peyton Manning. His arm is fine. It wasn’t his lack of arm strength that caused Demaryius Thomas to fumble the ball and it wasn’t his arm strength that forced Willis McGahee to drop a pass in the flat on fourth down.” – Fox Sports