After winning their first September game in three years, an unbalanced 27-13 victory over the Giants, optimism permeates Broncos Country.
What is the feeling across the national outlets? In general, Denver is considered a team in the middle of the pack after winning, but some of the highs are really high (Sports Illustrated ranked them # 9) and the lows are really low (Sporting News ranked them at # 9. ) 26). But those opinions may change if Teddy Bridgewater and Von Miller can make another statement in week 2.
Next stop: direction Jacksonville to face the No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars on Sunday.
Here’s a look at how various domestic pundits assessed the Broncos in their power rankings at the start of Week 2:
Bleacher Report (# 18) | Last week: # 21
“The optimism about the new-look Giants lasted about three full hours. Playing at home against a Denver team, no one is preparing for a trip to the Super Bowl, the Giants were a mess on both sides of the ball. »See the full ranking.
CBS Sports (n ° 13) | Last week: # 17
“The defense is going to carry this team at the start of the season, which we have seen against the Giants. Now they have to face rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence for a chance to go 2-0, ”wrote Pete Prisco. See the full ranking.
ESPN (# 20) | Last week: # 26
“Williams played 33 snaps in the opener of the regular season, which is 50% of the total offense. As expected after spending so much time with the starters in training camp and preseason games, Williams was on the pitch in all situations, descents and distances, as he finished with 14 of 28 ground attempts. of the Broncos in the game. While Melvin Gordon III scored the big run – a 70-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter – Williams will continue to have a lot of work, and as his comfort level increases in offense, his output will also increase, ”writes Jeff Legwold. See the full ranking.
NFL.com (# 16) | Last week: # 22
“The Teddy Bridgewater era is off to an extremely promising start. The veteran quarterback looked confident and at ease on his Denver debut, leading the Broncos to a 27-13 victory over the Giants at the Meadowlands. Bridgewater led the Broncos on four straight goals in the second and third quarters, three of those possessions ending in touchdowns. Sunday brought optimism for the offense, but also uncertainty after second-year spreader Jerry Jeudy fell with a sprained ankle that would have cost him 4-6 weeks. With Courtland Sutton still coming back from knee surgery, other Denver wide receivers need to step up, ”writes Dan Hanzus. See the full ranking.
Sports News (N ° 26) | Last week: # 28
“The Broncos kept it simple with the veterans to beat the Giants, with Teddy Bridgewater’s short to intermediate passes and Melvin Gordon’s reliable run. Also, how much did they miss Von Miller and his pass rush? Vinnie Iyer writes. See the full ranking.
Illustrated sports (n ° 9) | Last week: # 18
“Yeah, it was the Giants. But listen to me carefully: Vic Fangio will train a top-five defense at the end of the season. This, combined with a coach who has developed a bit of an advantage with his back against the wall, and some healthy ball control football from Teddy Bridgewater is the recipe for a generic deep sleeper, ”writes Conor Orr. See the full ranking.
USA Today (No. 15) | Last week: # 18
“Their 0.683 winning percentage in Week 1 is the best in the NFL since the 1970 merger, but that hasn’t helped them finish a season above 0.500 since 2016. But this team has it. looks dangerous (and chic, coach Vic Fangio wearing an FDNY hat on the sidelines on Sunday), “writes Nate Davis. See the full standings.