After coming out to a hot 3-0 start, the Broncos have simmered down and lost their last two, including Sunday’s 24-16 defeat in Pittsburgh.
The plus side: receiver Courtland Sutton looks like he’s returning to his Pro Bowl form after pulling in seven catches for 120 yards and a spectacular touchdown on his 26th birthday.
Next up: The Raiders come into town in a matchup between two teams with back-to-back losses following 3-0 starts. One thing the Broncos have as an advantage: At least they still have their coach.
Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings entering Week 6:
Bleacher Report (No. 15) | Last week: No. 15
“Denver didn’t necessarily play badly against the Steelers. The yardage totals were nearly even, and Teddy Bridgewater had a solid outing with 288 yards and two scores. But it was Pittsburgh who made big plays when it mattered, and the Broncos just couldn’t shut down Najee Harris and the Steelers ground game.” See the full rankings.
CBS Sports (No. 18) | Last week: No. 15
“They were sluggish until late in the loss to the Steelers. They’ve lost two straight after a 3-0 start. Maybe the last two weeks is who they really are as a team,” Pete Prisco writes. See the full rankings.
ESPN (No. 15) | Last week: No. 14
“Hinton just keeps moving up the developmental curve with hard work and simply being ready when the Broncos need him. He gained a slice of fame last year when he was forced to play quarterback against the Saints when all of the Broncos’ quarterbacks missed the game for violation of COVID-19 protocols. He opened the season on the practice squad again, but when Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler each suffered injuries, he was promoted. His toe-tap reception along the sideline for a key third-down conversion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh, along with his first career touchdown earlier in the quarter, were two examples of how far he has come,” Jeff Legwold writes. See the full rankings.
NFL.com (No. 19) | Last week: No. 16
“Inefficiency in the red zone plagued Teddy Bridgewater during his one season with the Panthers. You could make the case that Bridgewater, not Sam Darnold, would still be Matt Rhule’s QB in Charlotte had he not made so many backbreaking mistakes near the goal line. Fast-forward to the present day, and Bridgewater has brought this problem to Denver. Facing an eight-point deficit in the final minute on Sunday, the Broncos failed in four cracks from inside the Pittsburgh 10. The final play was the clincher, a poorly thrown ball picked off by the Steelers with 11 seconds to play. In these crucible moments, Teddy simply needs to be better,” Dan Hanzus writes. See the full rankings.
Sporting News (No. 18) | Last week: No. 16
“The Broncos had a great start against previous winless teams but the Ravens and Steelers have been a wake-up …read more
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports
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