AFC West: 2013 NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 2 Denver Broncos

November, 12, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Broncos’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

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

In their first outing since head coach John Fox's open-heart surgery, the Denver Broncos showed some composure on the road and once again flashed their record-setting offense in a 28-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers as they moved up a spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings.

While the Broncos scored a season-low 28 points in the win, they are averaging just over 41 points a game this season. The biggest concern heading into this week's matchup with the 9-0 Chiefs -- the No. 1 team in the Power Rankings -- is the health of quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning aggravated a right ankle injury in the closing minutes of Sunday's win, and if he's hurt, there is always a possibility the Broncos offense gets a severe limp. Backup Brock Osweiler is expected to get some work with the starters in practice this week as Manning is expected to miss some practice time. But he is expected to play Sunday night against the Chiefs.

Overall, interim coach Jack Del Rio had a prepared team in San Diego that performed well in all game management areas.

"It's an honor to be given the responsibility," Del Rio said. "I love coaching ball. I love ... working with players and helping them be better. I'm just trying to do my part. I'm really just a defensive coordinator for Coach Fox and when he's healing I'm just doing a few more things, that's the way I'm looking at it."

Power Rankings: No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs

November, 12, 2013
11/12/13
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A weekly examination of the Chiefs' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 22 | Last Week: 1 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

While the Chiefs have played one of the league’s easiest schedules, it’s hard to argue with the results. They’re still standing as the NFL’s only unbeaten team, so it’s difficult to argue that they don’t deserve the No. 1 ranking.

The arguments won’t be necessary after Sunday night’s game against the Broncos in Denver. The 8-1 Broncos are ranked No. 2. A victory would only solidify the Chiefs’ standing as the top-rated team while a loss would cause a drop down past the Broncos, probably the Seattle Seahawks and perhaps other teams.

The 9-1 Seahawks, currently ranked third, play against the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
A weekly examination of the Chargers' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 23 | Last Week: 15 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The San Diego Chargers dropped two more spots to No. 17 in this week's Power Rankings. At 4-5, the Chargers have their first two-game losing streak this season and now face two tough games on the road, including a cross-country trek Sunday at Miami and at AFC West division rival Kansas City the following week.

Despite the disappointing loss to Denver over the weekend, the Chargers have some positives to build on this week. San Diego's defense held Denver's high-scoring offense scoreless for most of the second half, while Philip Rivers led the offense on two touchdown drives that allowed the Chargers to close within a score. And middle linebacker Donald Butler provided a spark defensively in his first game back from a groin injury.

The Chargers have defeated Miami the past two times the teams have met and are 2-1 in the Eastern time zone this season (wins over Philadelphia and Jacksonville, a loss to Washington). However, the last time San Diego played at Miami, the Chargers suffered a 17-10 loss to the Dolphins in 2008.

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