Nov 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer (14) celebrates a touchdown against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) and defensive back Chris Prosinski (31) during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Well, it appears that the Brock Osweiler-led Denver Broncos did fairly well on Sunday as they defeated the Chicago Bears 17-15. The score was really close, but that is what we expected. I did not expect Osweiler to go out there and throw for 500 yards and seven touchdowns in his first start.
But would that have been interesting to see. But for a guy who has never started an NFL game, he sure looked comfortable. The win helped get the Broncos right on track as they square off against the undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday night.
So, with this win, how do the Broncos stack up this week in the power rankings? Let us take a look into it.
Elliot Harrison seemed to have been impressed with the Broncos victory to move them three spots from number eight in the rankings to number five. Harrison was really impressed with Osweiler’s performance and how the team did not have to light up the scoreboard against the Bears.
He also points out the defense that has Osweiler’s back. I’ll say that the defense made some great plays late in the game. From Aqib Talib’s near interception on fourth down to the defense making one final stop to keep the Bears out of the end zone for the two point try.
I think this is a fair place to put the Broncos in. Behind the two undefeated teams, (Panthers and Patriots) Arizona, and Cincinnati. They will get tested against the No. 1 team in the power rankings, but hopefully they are up to the task.
ESPN was really generous to the Broncos in their power rankings this week. After beating the Chicago Bears, they thought they did well enough to jump them past the Cardinals and Bengals for the No. 3 spot in the rankings.
For ESPN, they only pointed out three things. Osweiler starting, no turnovers for the first time all season, and the running game producing 170 yards on the ground. Which is good for best this season.
I thought their rankings were being very nice to the Broncos, but then again, I can’t complain. Even though it was not a close win, they might have fallen victim to Osweiler fever.
As for Peter King, he did not move the Broncos up very much. Only one spot for them this week. He has not caught Osweiler fever, but a move up in the rankings is better than moving down.
I am okay with the Broncos being here. But still am baffled that he has Green Bay over them despite the Broncos winning the head to head battle and the Broncos are one game up on the Packers. But I guess two out of three solid spots is not too bad.
What do you all think of this week’s power rankings? Let me know in the comments below! Go Broncos!