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2021 Power Rankings Roundup, Week 3: Where the Broncos stand after the win over the Jaguars



Last week: 20

Teddy Bridgewater's consistency at quarterback and willingness to spread the ball around -- he has completed passes to nine different players in each of the Broncos' first two tilts -- has [Tim] Patrick with two touchdowns already.

Dan Hanzus,

Last week: 16

The Broncos took care of business in a 23-13 win over the Jaguars, a game that will be remembered as Courtland Sutton's post-ACL-tear coming-out party. The talented fourth-year wideout lit up the Jacksonville secondary for 159 yards on nine catches, almost a year to the day that he suffered his knee injury against the Steelers. Sutton is a major figure on a Denver offense that needs playmakers following the ankle injury suffered by Jerry Jeudy in the season opener. If Sutton can build on this effort and continue to show chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos will unlock another level to their attack.

Sports Illustrated

Last week: 9 [Note: A different SI writer constructs their power rankings each week, so change in ranking does not necessarily indicate a direct revision in previous placement]

Broncos fans are probably ready to complain about not being higher on the list, though Denver is actually not the lowest-ranked 2-0 team on my board. It's not the Broncos' fault that the schedule makers gave them the Giants and Jaguars to start (and the Jets this coming week), but it's still true that we haven't seen them beat anyone good. But stacking wins is important, and they've handled their business impressively. It's a talented roster and Teddy Bridgewater has been one of the best stories of the season so far. I picked the Broncos to win the No. 7 seed in the AFC this year, and I still have them right at that bubble.

Bleacher Report

Last week: 18

_Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is on a roll. _

Despite the loss of wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in Week 1, Bridgwater shined in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, throwing for 328 yards and two scores without an interception. His passer rating for the game was a robust 125.8.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

Last week: 16

Courtland Sutton's huge day is a great sign for the Broncos. Eventually they'll get Jerry Jeudy back from a high ankle sprain, and they have a fun group of skill-position talent. The defense is good too. This is an interesting team, and since they play the Jets on Sunday, they're likely going to be 3-0.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Last week: 13

They are 2-0 and Teddy Bridgewater has played well in winning two on the road. They now get the Jets at home in a game they should win to get to 3-0.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Previous ranking: 22

Granted, beating the Giants and Jaguars doesn't prove much. But it's far better than losing to the Giants and Jaguars. And the equally dreadful Jets are up next before the schedule toughens considerably.

Nate Davis, USA Today

Last week: 15

They've knocked out two bad teams and face another one (Jets) in Sunday's home opener. Makes it hard to get a good bead on this Denver outfit, but winning games you're supposed to get is a clear step in proper direction.

Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Last week: 26

The Broncos are doing what they need to do with running game and defense, too, to support Teddy Bridgewater, who's making the plays that are available to his latest batch of diverse playmakers. They just need a more impressive resume than the dysfunctional Giants and Jaguars back to back.

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