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Power rankings roundup: Picking up steam after a win over Pittsburgh


Current ranking: 19
Last week: 22

Toughest game left: Week 17 vs. Los Angeles Chargers. The Broncos just edged the Chargers 23-22 on a Brandon McManus field goal as time expired in Week 11. If things go as the Broncos hope -- their next four opponents are a combined 13-30-1 -- and they get some wins over the next month, that season-ender could mean something for them.

Current ranking: 16
Last week: 18

What an odd way for the Broncos to weave their way back into the AFC wild-card chase. Denver patched together a win Sunday over a Super Bowl contender while putting forth an exhibit of how timely plays, often hidden in the box score, can win games. The Steelers rolled up more than 500 yards of offense -- including 452 through the air from their quarterback -- held the football for 35 minutes, and still lost. The Broncos pulled ahead by converting Pittsburgh's turnovers into touchdowns, including a third-quarter drive with an exchange rate of 37 seconds from interception to score. Otherwise, the offense muddled around most of the day. Then Vance Joseph and Co. won when their nose tackle intercepted a Hall of Fame quarterback. They'll take it. Next up: at Bengals.

USA Today

Current ranking: 11
Last week: 21

If any AFC team set up to sweep its final five games (at Bengals, at 49ers, Browns, at Raiders, Chargers), could be these streak snappers.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 14
Last week: 19

Had the Broncos not played a stacked schedule this year, we might be discussing them as a contender. They lost by two to the Houston Texans, lost twice to the Chiefs by a combined 11 points and lost by three to the Los Angeles Rams.

However, things loosen up from here. Over their last five games, the Broncos face one team with a winning record—the Chargers at home the final Sunday of the season.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 14
Last week: 20

What has gotten into the Broncos lately? They've beaten the Chargers and Steelers in their last two games, and suddenly the playoffs are a possibility. The Broncos face the Bengals, 49ers, Browns and Raiders in their next four games. Coach Vance Joseph deserves credit for getting things turned around.

Sporting News

Current ranking: 19
Last week: 23

The Broncos showed what could have been after their 2-0 start with the impressive victories over the Chargers and Steelers.

Pro Football Talk

Current ranking: 17
Last week: 19

They may not make it to the playoffs, but they should feel good about beating a couple of playoff teams.

CBS Sports

Current ranking: 19
Last week: 22

With two straight impressive victories and a soft schedule ahead they could be a playoff team. The defense will key it if it happens.

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