Denver Broncos: Week Five NFL Power Rankings
9. Atlanta Falcons (19)
Now that was one impressive showing by Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Ryan threw for over 500 yards, and Julio popped off for an easy 300 yard game—against the reigning NFC Champions—no big deal. One of two things are going on here: Either the Panthers defense is simply not that good, or the Falcons offense is really really good. The Falcons will get to find out if the latter is true as they travel to Denver next week to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Broncos. Good luck.
10. Oakland Raiders (13)
The Raiders are a top-10 team; how about that? They just keep finding a way to win close football games, which is usually the mark of a very good team. Can they keep this up? Only time will tell.
11. Dallas Cowboys (14)
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How about them Cowboys? 3-1 behind a rookie quarterback and rookie running back is a truly encouraging sign for America’s Team. They have played a pretty easy schedule to this point so it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the competition stiffens. It will also be interesting to see what happens when Tony Romo returns. Will he be the starter or the backup? Jason Garrett will have a decision to make.
12. Houston Texans (17)
The Texans are 3-1, but is Brock Osweiler beginning to feel like a $37 million mistake? He is throwing interceptions at a far higher clip than he was a year ago in Denver. If not for a punt return by Will Fuller, the Texans could be looking at 2-2 and behind in the division. With J.J. Watt out for the year, Osweiler’s production is going to have to improve or the Texans are going to have a very hard time returning to the playoffs.