Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos Still Circling The Bottom

The Denver Broncos didn't play on Sunday, so they shouldn't have reason to drop any in this week's NFL power rankings.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Denver Broncos Tied For 26th In Composite Ratings

The Denver Broncos come in at No. 26 in this week's composite NFL power rankings by Real Clear Sports. They are tied with the Arizona Cardinals, also a 1-4 team. They both average out to 26.75, but the Broncos are helped largely by the Sagarin rating of No. 23. The Cardinals' high is just No. 24, but they also have a ranking one spot lower.

But, just like most of the power rankings that comprise this, the Broncos are only better than the Minnesota Vikings and the Jacksonville Jaguars (both 1-5) and the winless Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams. The Broncos could join the bottom three this weekend if the Dolphins pull off the victory at home. It certainly can happen, but don't rule out Tim Tebow pulling off a nice upset victory on the road and in front of fans who are there to celebrate his 2009 national championship victory with the Florida Gators.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: CBS Sports Retains Denver Broncos At No. 29

CBS Sports didn't move the Denver Broncos up or down this week in its latest power rankings, keeping them at No. 29 instead. That makes the Denver Broncos the worst of the one-win teams. Here's what Pete Prisco wrote:

Tebow Time in Miami is five days away. I bet you can hardly wait. I know Denver fans can't.

Fans in Miami probably also can't wait for Tebow to start. He gets honored at halftime as part of the celebration for the 2009 Florida Gators national championship team. But that's rather different from how Broncos fans are feeling.

Broncos fans want to know what kind of quarterback they have in Tebow and they have 11 weeks to determine that. Win or lose, Tebow will likely be good f or some exciting plays week-in and week-out. But that might not be enough for him to be the future at quarterback for the Broncos.

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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Leaves Denver Broncos At No. 27

The Denver Broncos remained at No. 27 in ESPN's Week 7 NFL power rankings. A team that didn't play has no reason to drop, but could move up as we saw earlier in SB Nation's NFL power rankings. As expected, the teams below the Broncos are the Vikings, the Jaguars and the winless Dolphins, Rams and Colts. Here's the blurb on the Broncos:

Tim Tebow will draw lots of eyeballs Monday [sic] night, but his receivers won't include Brandon Lloyd.

The Broncos play the Dolphins on Sunday, but that's a minor point. There really does seem to be a bit of gloom for the Broncos now that Brandon Lloyd is gone, but Eric Decker has shown that he is an impact receiver. Plus, Demaryius Thomas is expected to play this week, and the Broncos do need to find out what they have in the second-year player. Injuries have slowed down his career.

Either way, the Broncos were running out of playing time for their receivers and it made sense to move the aging veteran who wanted a payday this offseason.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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2011 NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Denver Broncos Remain At No. 27 In Brian Billick's Latest Set

Over at Fox Sports, former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick handles the NFL power rankings and he's left the Denver Broncos unchanged in his latest set. The Broncos are No. 27 once again after the bye week:

Broncos don't go up or down in the rankings during their bye week, but I'm not sure trading their best receiver in Brandon Lloyd helped them in any way. Maybe if they clear house, they have a shot at Andrew Luck?

That's an interesting scenario Billick conjures up, and it's not without merit, but sending away Lloyd and possibly Kyle Orton and Eddie Royal doesn't change things all that much. Orton's already been benched in favor of Tim Tebow and Royal hasn't played since the beginning of Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Whatever the psychological effect to be felt has likely already taken over the Broncos.

The so-called "Suck for Luck" movement that has cropped up for several teams now relies on how well (or poor) Tebow does over the remaining 11 games of the season.

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Denver Broncos Move Up One Spot In SB Nation's Latest

The Denver Broncos didn't play on Sunday, preventing NFL power rankings creators from dropping them down any farther in Week 7. In fact, they might actually move up in most rankings. Take Joel Thorman's Week 7 NFL power rankings: the Broncos moved up one spot from No. 28 to No. 27. And of course it's all about The Tebow:

27. Denver Broncos (1-4, LW: 28): It's Tebow Time for the Broncos. Unfortunately, Tebow doesn't play defense.

The defense for the Broncos has not played well this season, but injuries will cause that to happen. While that isn't an excuse for them, there were signs of improvement against the San Diego Chargers. Playing a short field most of the day, the Broncos kept the Chargers to five field goals and just two touchdowns.

The Broncos were helped over the weekend by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Minnesota Vikings losing. The Jaguars have already gone to rookie Blaine Gabbert while the Vikings appear to have started the Christian Ponder era. These teams came in at Nos. 28 and 29, respectively.

For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos Should Stay Static

The Denver Broncos are coming off a bye week so they are unlikely to move up or down in any major way this week.

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