Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 2 Denver Broncos
By Jeff Legwold
A weekly examination of the Broncos' ESPN.com Power Ranking:
Preseason: 3 | Last Week: 2 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002
Quarterback Peyton Manning added three more touchdowns to the growing pile in Monday night’s 37-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders, and as a result the Broncos held their spot in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. Manning now has 12 touchdowns for the season, or four more than any other quarterback in the league. The Broncos are also the only team in the league with two players who have at least four touchdown receptions -- Julius Thomas and Wes Welker -- in the first three games.
And while they haven’t slammed the door on an opponent yet, the Broncos' defense has had moments when it's looked outright dominant in the first three games. All the more impressive when you consider that linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Champ Bailey have not played this season -- Miller because of a six-game suspension and Bailey because of a left foot injury.
“I feel like our offense should score every time they’ve got the football, they’re that great, they’re that type of offense," said Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard. “ ... On defense, we showed what we can do, we just have to show we can do it for 60 minutes, being good most of the time isn’t good enough."