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Power rankings roundup: Where the Broncos stand before the bye

ESPN

Current ranking: 24
Last week: 23

The Broncos are close to their preseason ranking, but they have simply made too many mistakes at key times of games. (See: 10 INTs by QB Case Keenum and 21 holding penalties on offense -- third-highest total in league.) In a season when they have played four games against teams with at least six wins, they haven't been good enough to overcome those mistakes. They have lost those four games by a combined 16 points, with penalties costing them at least seven points in a three-point loss to the Rams.

Bleacher Report

Current ranking: 24
Last week: 22

The Denver Broncos had a number of opportunities to pull out Sunday's game against the Houston Texans and keep their season from going off the rails.

But as has been the case for much of this season, the Broncos weren't able to take advantage of them—including a 51-yard field-goal try as time expired that sailed wide right.

That's been the story of this team in 2018. The Broncos didn't play badly in Week 9—Denver actually outgained Houston, 348 to 290. But in big moments, the Broncos just couldn't quite seem to come up with that one play they needed.

NFL.com

Current ranking: 20
Last week: 19

USA Today

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 27

Jeff Heuerman about to become pick-up du jour in fantasy leagues starved for decent tight end options. We may be overselling this.

Mark Maske, Washington Post

Current ranking: 25
Last week: 23

Nothing is going the Broncos’ way, to the point that front office executive John Elway is being asked about the possibility of an in-season coaching change. Elway is sticking with Vance Joseph for now, but Joseph’s hold on his job is looking increasingly tenuous.

Sporting News

Current ranking: 26
Last week: 26

Pro Football Talk

Current ranking: 25
Last week: 24

The Broncos need to go 5-2 to avoid the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons since 1971-72.

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