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Power rankings roundup: Broncos heating up after third straight win


Current ranking: 15
Last week: 19

We're No. 1 in: Sacks from a duo. Von Miller tried to warn anyone who would listen in August that rookie outside linebacker Bradley Chubb is "going to do great things because when he gets it going, it won't stop." Twelve regular-season games later, no duo in the league has more sacks than Miller and Chubb do. Miller is second in the league with 12.5, and Chubb has 10. They are the only teammates in the NFL who have each reached double digits with four games to play in the regular season. Overall, the Broncos are tied for fifth in the league, with 37 sacks.

Current ranking: 14
Last week: 16

The Broncos aren't in the holiday mood, at least not when it comes to giving away postseason spots -- or providing breathing room for opposing offenses. Vance Joseph's defense locked down the Bengals' Jeff Driskel-led attack on Sunday, allowing only 10 points while watching Cincy sputter its way to 12 penalties. That stout effort was paired with an effortless running game that piled up yards on the ground ... 218, to be precise. Phillip Lindsay might be closing the gap on Saquon Barkley in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race, accounting for 157 yards of rushing real estate in the win. Lindsay also is on pace to surpass the record for rushing yards by an undrafted rookie with 1,250, with his current figure of 937 trailing only LeGarrette Blount (1,007 in 2010) and Dominic Rhodes (1,104 in 2001) in that mark all-time. Give the offensive line a hug, though, as Lindsay is averaging 3.68 yards per rush before contact, easily the highest figure in the league.

Sports Illustrated

Current ranking: 17
Last week: 17

USA Today

Current ranking: 10
Last week: 11

Phillip Lindsay now leads AFC with 937 rushing yards. But Case Keenum's Broncos [keep] winning because he hasn't turned the ball over in last four games.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 12
Last week: 14

Don't look now, but the Denver Broncos are back in it.

By virtue of the team's win over the Bengals in Cincinnati, the Broncos are back at the .500 mark and in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the AFC. The Broncos have now peeled off three wins in a row, including over the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sunday's star, just like against the Steelers, was rookie tailback Phillip Lindsay. The undrafted free agent torched the Bengals for 157 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries, further cementing his status as one of 2018's biggest steals.

The Denver defense isn't quite as good as the Super Bowl team of a few years back, but it's still a force on that side of the ball. We hear good things about Von Miller.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 12
Last week: 14

The Broncos somehow became competent while no one was paying attention. They're on a three-game winning streak and the 49ers, Browns and Raiders are up next on the schedule.

Sporting News

Current ranking: 16
Last week: 19

The Broncos are quietly hot with three consecutive victories to get to .500.

Pro Football Talk

Current ranking: 13
Last week: 17

Vance Joseph has earned a third year in Denver.

CBS Sports

Current ranking: 14
Last week: 19

Here come the Broncos. They have a soft schedule and can really make a playoff push.

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