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Power Rankings Roundup: A chance to climb

ESPN

Current ranking: 24
Last week: 21

Playoff chances: 1.8 percent. Denver's once-vaunted defense just became the first in NFL history to allow 200-yard rushers in consecutive games in a season. The Broncos have hemorrhaged big plays all year, allowing 34 plays of at least 20 yards, second most behind the Chiefs. When the Broncos won the Super Bowl in 2015, they gave up only 46 plays of 20-plus yards, the fewest in the league.

NFL.com

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 26

The Broncos stayed with the Rams for most of a cold Sunday afternoon. It was the kind of weather that mandates a team be able to run the football, or at least stop the run. Denver could do neither. Pro football has morphed into an entirely different sport than it was in the 1960s, yet that age-old axiom still comes into play, even in this pass-happy era. Todd Gurley followed in Isaiah Crowell's sprint steps, becoming the second straight running back to breeze past 200 yards against the Broncos' defense. Meanwhile, Denver couldn't help Case Keenum by producing some kind of groundswell of its own, even though Keenum actually outplayed MVP candidate Jared Goff. It's challenging to convert third downs, much less score points, with only 60 yards rushing, especially on a Freezer Bowl kind of day.

USA Today

Current ranking: 25
Last week: 24

They have one game in Denver before Nov. 25, hardly an elixir for a team that's lost four in a row and typically relies on home cooking.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 20

The Broncos probably don't find much funny about what happened in Denver on Sunday. For the second time in a month, the Broncos gave an undefeated team all it could handle. For the second time in a month, Denver came up short. And now, the Broncos have dropped four in a row after winning their first two.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 27
Last week: 26

That’s now four straight losses since the 2-0 start and another season is coming undone. The pass rush, led by rookie Bradley Chubb, was great against the Rams but the Denver defense could do nothing about the running of Todd Gurley.

Frank Schwab, Yahoo! Sports

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 26

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Current ranking: 28
Last week: 24

This team can't stop the run. That's a big problem in the NFL.

Sporting News

Current ranking: 24
Last week:18

Case Keenum played better against the Rams, but he’s still not very good. That 2-0 start has proved to be a major fluke. Giving up 200-yard rushers at will isn’t a formula for any success.

Pro Football Talk

Current ranking: 28
Last week: 27

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