Tue, 01 Dec 2020

2020 Power Rankings Roundup, Week 8: Turning to the Chargers

Denver Broncos
28 Oct 2020, 09:38 GMT+10

ESPN

Current ranking: 23

Last week: 24

Broncos coach Vic Fangio is correct when he calls the team's passing-game struggles "an 11-man operation." And the Broncos certainly have issues in pass protection (13 sacks combined in Weeks 2 and 3), dropped passes and a propensity for negative plays. Yet Lock is just a 53% passer since returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out of two games.

Dan Hanzus, NFL.com

Current ranking: 23

Last week: 21

The Broncos were blown out despite holding Patrick Mahomes to 200 passing yards and a single touchdown. It spoke to how poorly Denver played in all other phases of the game.

Nate Davis, USA Today

Current ranking: 20

Last week: 21

Thorough performance Sunday, surrendering TDs on the ground, through the air, via turnover and special teams. When it snows, it snowballs.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 25

Last week: 23

When the Denver Broncos upset the Patriots in New England in Week 6, it appeared as though the franchise was establishing positive momentum.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Current ranking: 22

Last week: 21

Since coming back, Drew Lock has no touchdowns, four interceptions and a 49.2 passer rating in two games. Maybe he isn't fully healthy. But if Lock continues to play like this the rest of the season, what will the Broncos do next offseason?

Sports Illustrated

Current ranking: 23

Last week: 21

I hope John Elway gives the Vic Fangio regime some freedom to grow. It's not going to be perfect, but Fangio is a coach who can finally bridge the Super Bowl contenders from 2015 and a team that can contend in the AFC West sometime in the near future.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Current ranking: 23

Last week: 20

Drew Lock had a rough go of it against the Chiefs. Those games will happen for young passers, but it's how he responds that matters.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 22

Last week: 17

The Broncos actually kept Patrick Mahomes mostly in check in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. But allowing a touchdown on an interception return and a touchdown on a kickoff return in the same quarter is not exactly a formula for beating a defending Super Bowl champion. QB Drew Lock needs to be better.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Current ranking: 22

Last week: 20

The Broncos can continue to have more doubts about whether Drew Lock is the franchise QB. When they're not running the ball, without Courtland Sutton, the passing just looks sloppy.

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