Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) during the second half against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 37-21. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos Still Not Getting Love in ESPN Power Rankings


Most fans would be excited for their favorite team to be ranked #2 in any Power Ranking list across the web, but in the case of Denver Broncos fans, there’s no way they should be recognized as anything but the best.

Now, I don’t mean to slight the Seattle Seahawks, who have been number one in the ESPN rankings for two straight weeks now after beating the San Francisco 49ers convincingly on Sunday Night Football.

The Seahawks are a great team with a dominant defense and a very explosive–at times–offense.

There are so many ways the Seahawks can beat you, and that’s cool and all, but they nearly lost their first game of the season and I just can’t understand what the ESPN bloggers and Power Ranking voters can’t seem to get this one right.

There has been absolutely no question, no shadow of a doubt that the Broncos were the best team in all three of their games.

There certainly hasn’t been a game where the Broncos have sniffed only scoring 12 points, and they probably never will.

The Broncos have bludgeoned their first three opponents, setting NFL records along the way and outscoring their first three opponents 127-71.

Seahawks fans might argue that their team hasn’t given up anywhere near 71 points, but the Broncos’ defense has looked dominant at times as well, even without Von Miller or Champ Bailey. There have been some points scored on the Broncos in all three of their games that came in garbage time when the game was well in hand, so that doesn’t really bother me at all.

I’m just disgusted by ESPN’s inability to get this one right. I know it’s not a big deal, but Denver should be ranked #1 over Seattle at this point.

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  • __Alfie

    funny you mention giving up irrelevant garbage points. Of the 71 total points given up by the Broncos, 33 have come in the first half. Don’t write it up as if they’re only giving up garbage points. The Seahawks haven’t even allowed 33 points TOTAL so far and only 7 points in the first half. And also that same team that gave up just 12 points to the Seahawks managed to blank the same team the Broncos gave up 21 points to. In no way is it a disrespect for the Broncos to be anything but #1 for what really is a meaningless ranking. #1 at the end of week 17 on the ESPN 2012 power poll didn’t help them much on their super bowl run last year did it. :)

    • SayreBedinger

      I don’t care about the rankings myself, but any smart person putting together rankings will have the Broncos as #1. The ranking doesn’t help or do anything, but they are a major talking point and the fact that a major media in sports like ESPN considers the Seahawks the best team in the NFL right now with what we’re witnessing from Denver is absolutely unreal. The Seattle D is impressive, but Denver is laughing at their 12 point week one showing. All in good fun, though! I’d rather be 3-0 than number one in ESPNs horrid rankings.

      • __Alfie

        It’s still early cuz you never know how the rest of the season shapes up with injuries and matchups, but all that matters is getting in. No matter how inferior divisional teams may seem, those games are always toss-ups. Just win the division, forget the style points.

        I think ESPN’s morning shows just propagate all this power poll crap. I don’t wanna hear Skip and Stephen A just talk all this nonsense. As soon as the NFL week ends on monday, I wanna hear about how the teams matchup with who they have next. Don’t give me “what unit’s better? Denver O or Seattle D?” It’s pointless. Week 3 Denver isn’t going to face week 3 Seattle.

  • Jack

    No way the Broncos should be recognized as anything but the best, eh? Allow me to present a little evidence that maybe, just maybe, the Seahawks are in the same category of dominance as the Broncos:

    Turnover Ratio:
    Seattle: +6 (2nd in NFL)
    Denver: +1 (12th in NFL)

    Scoring Defense:
    Seattle: 9 ppg (1st in NFL)
    Denver: 24 ppg (17th in NFL)
    Denver has given up 21 or more points in every game this season. Seattle hasn’t given up more than 17 in a single game yet. And for good measure, the Panthers have the #4 scoring defense, which helps explain Seattle’s 12 point effort. The Panthers also shut out the Giants. The Broncos gave up 23 to the same Giants.

    Total Defense:
    Seattle: 242 ypg (1st in NFL)
    Denver: 370 ypg (20th in NFL)

    Scoring Offense:
    Seattle: 29 ppg (4th in NFL)
    Denver: 42 ppg (1st in NFL)
    So Denver certainly has the edge here, but Seattle is still the #4 scoring offense in the NFL. And then there’s this little nugget:

    Average Margin of Victory:
    Seattle: 29-9 (+20)
    Denver: 42-24 (+18)
    That’s right, Denver fans: your team might score 42 points per game, but they still don’t win by as many points as the Seahawks.

    So be honest (if you can): Would you rather have the #1 defense and the #4 scoring offense? Or would you rather have the Broncos? Maybe that’s a tough question. Denver and Seattle are both very, very good teams. But pretending that it’s unbelievable that anyone would put the Seahawks 1st is just silly.