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Power rankings roundup: Breaking from the bye


Last week: 24

Defining stat: 6. That's how many sacks Von Miller has in the Broncos' three wins combined this season. On the flip side, Miller has just three sacks in the Broncos' six losses combined, and while he has had quality efforts overall in virtually all of those games, Denver has been unable to tip the scales against some of the better offenses it has faced. When Miller is disrupting things, knocking the ball out, it seems to key a better effort across the defense. As he put it: "I have to make more of those game-changing plays, that's my job, it's what I do, and I have to do more of that for this team.''

Last week: 20

The Broncos were off Sunday, giving them additional time to prepare for what could be more rough sledding for a team that has lost six of its last seven. Vance Joseph's outfit hasn't played nearly as poorly as its record suggests (they are ranked 11th in offense and 21st in defense). None of that matters, with their next four games being at the Chargers, at home against the Steelers, at the Bengals and at the 49ers. Denver has struggled on the road for the bulk of two years, going 2-10 in away venues since 2017. If ever it was truly (Von) Miller time -- besides, you know, when you're fishing on a river with Styrofoam koozies -- this is it.

USA Today

Last week: 26

First order of business coming out of bye? Putting C Matt Paradis, one of league's most underrated performers, on IR. That kind of year.

Bleacher Report

Last week: 24

Granted, there are some causes for optimism. The Broncos are playing teams much closer this year than last, and the team's rookie class has been impressive.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Last week: 25

The Broncos come back from their bye to resume a season that has gone so wrong, putting Coach Vance Joseph's job in jeopardy. There's little reason to believe that things will get immediately better for the Broncos, with games against the Chargers and Steelers up next.

Sporting News

Last week: 26

_The Broncos are coming out of a critical bye week with a ton of pressure on Vance Joseph going forward. The schedule does them no favors with the Chargers, Steelers and Bengals next. _

As the Broncos rest during their bye week, take a look back at the Broncos' 2018 season to this point with our favorite photos from Weeks 1 through 9.

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