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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 1 Denver Broncos

By Jeff Legwold

A weekly examination of the Broncos’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 1 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

With a nod, perhaps, to the fact that 35 points is still pretty good on any NFL Sunday and a 16-point victory gladly would be accepted in most of the league's outposts, the Broncos kept the top spot in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings after an unexpectedly tight 35-19 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Denver this past weekend.

Sure, the Broncos weren’t quite themselves, as quarterback Peyton Manning threw his second interception of the season and the defense surrendered a 303-yard passing game to Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne. It means the Broncos now have given up 809 passing yards in the past two games combined, and Denver has the Colts’ Andrew Luck on Monday night.

But, the Broncos are still one of two unbeaten teams in the league, still have not been held under 35 points, still are averaging just more than 44 points per game -- a pace that would shatter the league’s single-season scoring record -- and have scored a staggering 82 more points than the No. 2 scoring team. And Manning’s touchdown total -- 23 (22 passing, one rushing) -- is still more than every other team in the league.

“Are we doing everything the way we want? No, but we’re getting the wins and we keep on moving," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said. "That's what counts."