Happy Tuesday, #BroncosCountry –
We hope you're enjoying your day so far. The Broncos have the day off today before returning to practice on Wednesday to prepare for the Patriots on Sunday. Here a couple things to get caught up on while you're waiting for the big game, starting with power rankings:
1. Where do the Broncos rank?
After halting a two-game skid, the Broncos are back on the rise in NFL power rankings, and we rounded up three top rankings for you.
First, ESPN ranks the Broncos the highest at No. 3 behind the Patriots at No. 1 and the Panthers at No. 2. Denver rose up four spots since last week's rankings after it's performance against the Bears.
Brock Osweiler got the start in Week 11. The Broncos didn't commit a turnover for the first time all season and rushed for a season-high 170 yards.
Read the rest of ESPN's rankings here.
On NFL.com's list, the Broncos rose three spots to No. 5 and Elliot Harrison had plenty of praise for Osweiler.
Thought Brock Osweiler handled himself extremely well before, during and after the win in Chicago. The Broncos might not have lit up the Bears offensively, but the contest never appeared too heady for Osweiler, who was, all things considered, relaxed. Having that Denver defense behind you sure helps.
Read the rest of NFL.com's rankings here.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated's MMQB pegged the Broncos No. 6 on his "Fine Fifteen" list. King also marveled at the Broncos' improvement in rankings despite Osweiler's first NFL start.
This is what's amazing about the Fine Fifteen this week: Denver improved a spot, moving up from No. 7 last week, with Brock Osweiler playing quarterback Sunday in Chicago—and preparing to play this week against New England.
Read King's "Fine Fifteen" here.
2. Davis' bear gloves
After watching this video of tight end Vernon Davis wearing bear gloves courtesy of Old Spice, I think it's safe to say we've seen it all.