Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 2 Denver Broncos
By Jeff Legwold
A weekly examination of the Broncos’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 3 | Last week: 3 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
They didn’t have a 100-yard rusher in this past weekend’s 41-23 victory over the Giants, they didn't have a 100-yard receiver and they ran exactly one offensive play that covered more than 25 yards in the game. Yet the Broncos still flexed more than enough of their all-around muscle to win by 18 points and move up a spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings this week.
On the heels of becoming just the seventh team in the Super Bowl era to have scored at least 40 points in each of the first two games of the season, the Broncos moved from No. 3 to No. 2 this week, with only the Seattle Seahawks above them. The offense gets the kudos, but the Broncos also got a special-teams touchdown from Trindon Holliday against the Giants, and they intercepted Eli Manning four times without Champ Bailey or Von Miller anywhere in the defensive formation.
That's why when coach John Fox was asked about his level of happiness about the team’s start, he listed several things he wanted to improve (pass protection, run game, limiting penalties, etc.) before adding, “I’m not sure you can be better than 2-0 right now."