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Power Rankings Roundup: Taking a slight fall

NFL.com

Current ranking: 19
Last week: 19

The Broncos got beat in Kansas City, dropping their record to 3-5 on the season with an imposing four-game stretch ahead: vs. Texans, at Chargers, vs. Steelers, at Bengals. Still, none of those teams will be any stronger than the foe Denver just went toe to toe with -- namely, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has made every defense he's faced look silly. Similar to their first meeting on Oct. 1, the Broncos stayed with the AFC West leaders throughout.

ESPN

Current ranking: 23
Last week: 23

The Broncos have been right there at times with the league's elite, losing three games to the Chiefs (twice) and Rams by a combined 13 points. But they continue to hurt themselves with penalties, turnovers, assignment errors and stubbornness on offense. The Broncos profess to be better than their record, but the more they get beat because of their own mistakes, the more difficult it is for anyone to believe that.

USA Today

Current ranking: 27
Last week: 26

[W]e've harped on Case Keenum, who's thrown an INT in every game. But Denver hadn't lost a fumble ... until Keenum coughed one up Sunday.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 22
Last week: 22

The Denver Broncos lead the NFL in moral victories.

Three of the Broncos' five defeats have come against the one-loss Chiefs and the undefeated Rams. Denver was competitive in all three, including Sunday's contest at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Broncos actually outgained the Chiefs, piling up 411 yards of total offense. Rookie tailback Phillip Lindsay continued to impress, rushing for 95 yards and a score on 18 totes. Denver held the Chiefs to just a 30 percent success rate on third down.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 23
Last week: 22

This season is becoming a lost cause, and there’s little hope for a turnaround with the Texans, Chargers, Steelers and Bengals next on the schedule.

Sporting News

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 23

Vance Joseph’s temporary reprieve that came with the stomping of the Cardinals in Arizona dried up in Kansas City. Case Keenum had a few more issues, but there’s no alternative now. On the bright side, more of rookies Phillip Lindsay and Courtland Sutton, please.

Pro Football Talk

Current ranking: 24
Last week: 24

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