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NFL Power Rankings, Week 12: Denver Broncos Keep Rising

Correlation does not necessarily imply causation, but since Tim Tebow took over as Denver Broncos starting quarterback the team has risen in the power rankings.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Real Clear Sports Has Denver Broncos At No. 16 In Rankings Average

The Denver Broncos are now the No. 16 team in Real Clear Sports' NFL Power Ranking Averages output. Their actual average of eight power rankings has the team at 16.28. There was no real outlier this week, as four rankings had the team at No. 15 and the other four had them in one spot each from Nos. 16-19. CBS Sports gave the Broncos that weekly low ranking.

Ranking ahead of the Broncos from the AFC West was the Oakland Raiders at No. 14. The New York Jets, who lost to the Broncos last week, check in at No. 15. The Philadelphia Eagles weren't quite able to overcome the Broncos, coming in at No. 17 (and the average of the eight rankings did come out to a straight 17). The San Diego Chargers fell to No. 21 while the Kansas City Chiefs found themselves in 24th place.

With a victory over the Chargers on Sunday, the Broncos should move into the top 15 -- something thought nigh impossible when the team was 1-4.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Denver for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Denver Broncos be sure to visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Gives Denver Broncos Boost To No. 17

The five-writer panel over at ESPN has released its NFL Week 12 Power Rankings list,  and the Denver Broncos have jumped up two spots to No. 17 overall. At that spot, the Broncos are listed as the ninth-best team in the AFC. Here is what Paul Kuharsky has to say about the team this week:

  17 Broncos 5-5 A rested team with Tim Tebow now entrenched, Denver has a big chance to pull away from the Chargers. (Kuharsky)

Of course, the Broncos aren't really chasing the Chargers, so let's take a look at the rest of the AFC West teams as well.

  14  Raiders 6-4 The Raiders will face the Bears in Chicago's first game without injured quarterback Jay Cutler. (Kuharsky)

  21  Chargers 4-6 The Chargers will face a different Broncos team Sunday in Denver than the one they saw seven weeks ago. (Kuharsky)

  22  Chiefs 4-6 They didn't look like a division contender with Matt Cassel; it's hard to imagine they'll make much noise with Tyler Palko. (Kuharsky)

Stay tuned to SB Nation Denver for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Denver Broncos be sure to visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos Jump To No. 16 In SB Nation's Rankings

SB Nation's Joel Thorman has released his Week 12 NFL Power Rankings, and the Denver Broncos have surged up to No. 16 this week, rising four spots from where they sat last week. The Broncos are only two spots behind the division-leading Oakland Raiders, and despite all of the conjecture surrounding Tim Tebow, Thorman has not lost sight of the facts:

16. Denver Broncos (5-5, LW: 20): Say what you want about Tim Tebow, but the Broncos are 4-1 under him and a game out of first place.    

Here are the top and bottom five teams in the NFL, according to SB Nation's rankings:

Top Five Teams

1. Green Bay Packers (10-0, LW: 1)

2. San Francisco 49ers (9-1, LW: 2)

3. Baltimore Ravens (7-3, LW: 5)

4. New Orleans Saints (7-3, LW: 3)

5. Houston Texans (7-3, LW: 4)

Bottom Five Teams

28. Arizona Cardinals (3-7, LW: 25)

29. Carolina Panthers (2-8, LW: 28)

30. St. Louis Rams (2-8, LW: 29)

31. Minnesota Vikings (2-8, LW: 30)

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-10, LW: 32)

SB Nation Denver will have updates on the Power Rankings from around the web as they are released throughout the day. For more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Denver Broncos be sure to visit Mile High Report. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: CBS Sports Vaults Denver Broncos To No. 19

The Denver Broncos made a six-spot jump in the latest CBSSports.com NFL power rankings, moving from No. 25 to No. 19. It appears that Pete Prisco is finally buying into the Broncos as a winning team. He had moved them only a couple of spots last week after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. It appears a victory over the New York Jets is what turned him.

But Prisco correctly notes what's been powering this resurgent Broncos team:

Dare they say playoffs? Tim Tebow has pumped life into the Broncos, but it's the defense that has carried them the past month.

The defense has been solid and is led by players like Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. But it is rookie linebacker Von Miller who has been the empowering force on the team. He has 9-1/2 sacks through 10 games and could break the rookie record of 14-1/2. Maybe even shatter it.

The Oakland Raiders are the only AFC West ahead of the Broncos. But, of course, one late comeback victory over the New York Giants has the Eagles ahead of the Broncos. Can we call that a stretch?

Check out our Broncos blog Mile High Report for more on the team. Be sure to visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: How High Do The Denver Broncos Rise?

As Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos continue to rise, so too does their place in the weekly NFL power rankings.

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