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2020 Power Rankings Roundup, Week 7: Second straight win lifts Broncos


Last week: 28

With [Von] Miller and Bradley Chubb, and with Jurrell Casey in the middle of the defense, the Broncos were expected to consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. Without Miller -- Casey later suffered a season-ending torn biceps -- the Broncos have had to blitz far more than they'd like to. They are tied for 11th in the league in sacks but are taking more risks to do it.

Dan Hanzus,

Last week: 27

Winning in Foxborough isn't the same achievement it used to be, but Denver deserves credit for throttling Cam Newton and staving off a potential collapse after Drew Lock threw a pair of interceptions in the fourth quarter. Lock failed to get the Broncos into the end zone in his return to the lineup, but he moved the offense and set the table for Brandon McManus, who drilled six field goals. McManus is a weapon -- the best kicker in the league not named Justin Tucker.

Nate Davis, USA Today

Last week: 27

Can they build momentum after upset in New England? Not if K Brandon McManus is only source of points Sunday against Kansas City.

Bleacher Report

Last week: 27

The Broncos got Lock back in time for a Week 6 trip to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Patriots, and they were able to gut out the win on the road.

After such a big win over the Patriots, we heated up our Photoshop machine to put a jumbo spin on some of our photos from the game.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Last week: 27

The Broncos are doing OK filling in for injuries. Tim Patrick has emerged as a nice option with Courtland Sutton on IR. Phillip Lindsay returned and played really well with Melvin Gordon out. The defense had a nice game despite its injuries. But they're going to need Drew Lock to play better to keep winning games.

Sports Illustrated

Last week: 27

The Broncos' defense deserves plenty of credit for showing up in Foxboro this weekend, but it's awfully tough to win without turning field goal drives into touchdowns. Still, Denver somewhat quietly has a decent resume, with close losses to Tennessee and Pittsburgh aging well and now a couple wins.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Last week: 25

Winning at New England, which is two wins in a row, is a good sign for this young group. The defense came up big against the Pats.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Last week: 21

_The Broncos got field goals instead of touchdowns against the Patriots as Drew Lock returned with a two-interception outing. But it was enough for a win, thanks to the performance on defense. Credit goes to Coach Vic Fangio for not complaining about the schedule disruptions and getting his team to make the most of the situation. _

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Last week: 29

The Broncos got Drew Lock back and he didn't play well, but thanks to their defense and running game, without Melvin Gordon, Vic Fangio's team grinded to an unlikely victory in New England. They can get back into the division playoff mix with the Chiefs and Chargers next.

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