Fresh Bleacher Report power rankings are kind to Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos, Nathaniel Hackett - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos, Nathaniel Hackett - Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

On Thursday, Bleacher Report released fresh power rankings ahead of preseason, and they have the Denver Broncos rather high on the list.

In the grand scheme of things, power rankings don’t really mean a ton, but they’re fun to read and it’s nice to see when your team gets the credit they deserved.  In recent power rankings released by Bleacher Report ahead of the preseason, they ranked the Denver Broncos rather high.

I disagree with some team’s placements in the rankings, but they have the Denver Broncos ranked 10th overall.

The Broncos being a top 10 team according to Bleacher Report is a breath of fresh air.

They’re ranked 10th overall and 6th among AFC teams, behind the Bills, Bengals, Chiefs, Chargers, and Ravens. This would put the Broncos as the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs if the rankings were reflective of the 2022 season. They would then have to travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs in the playoffs.

The team below them, being ranked number 11, is the Indianapolis Colts.

I think if we were to rank rosters overall, the Broncos would be higher.  I think Denver’s roster is one of the most complete in the NFL–they don’t have a glaring weakness, but bringing in a new quarterback and coaching staff might prevent the team from reaching their full potential in 2022.

2023 and beyond might be very different stories, though.

After missing the playoffs for six straight seasons, I think us in Broncos Country will take what we can get.

Among the AFC team’s that are ahead of the Broncos in the rankings, I wouldn’t be surprised if Denver finished with a better record than both the Ravens and Chiefs in 2022. I think Denver has a better roster than both and Russell Wilson is better than Lamar Jackson.

The Chiefs’ offense won’t be nearly the same without Tyreek Hill, and their defense still appears to be a work in progress.

Overall, though, I think ranking the Denver Broncos as the 10th best team in the NFL is a fair assessment as we head into the much anticipated 2022 season.