NFL Power Rankings, Week 16: Denver Broncos Slipping A Bit After Loss To Patriots

The Denver Broncos had a six-game winning streak snapped by the New England Patriots on Sunday. They are slipping in the latest NFL power rankings, but they remain in first place in the AFC West.

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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Denver Broncos Drop To No. 10 In RealClearSports' Ranking Averages

Just like in the individual NFL power ranking, the Denver Broncos dropped to No. 10 in RealClearSports' power rankings average after a loss to the New England Patriots. In the eight main power rankings that RealClearSports uses to make its averages, the Broncos moved from Nos. 8 or 9 to Nos. 10 or 11. The only one that remained unchanged was the Jeff Sagarin ratings at USA Today, which was No. 14. The actual average for the Broncos was 10.88, a loss of 1.88 from last week's straight nine.

The Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions moved ahead of the Broncos this week and by a good margin. The Lions have an 8.75 average, putting them at No. 9. A thrilling last minute comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders certainly hasn't led many to call them lucky.

The Green Bay Packers, despite a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, remained the unanimous No. 1 team this week. The Patriots defeated the Broncos and moved to No. 2 in the power rankings average. The Baltimore Ravens dropped out of the spot after a loss to the San Diego Chargers.

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

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NFL Power Rankings Week 16: SB Nation Drops Broncos To No. 10, Chargers Up To No. 11

The Denver Broncos remain a top 10 team in SB Nation's Week 16 NFL power rankings even after a 41-23 loss to the New England Patriots. After reaching No. 8 last week, the Broncos are holding on to the No. 10 spot, but just barely. Joel Thorman concentrates on what the Broncos need to do to make the playoffs:

The Broncos lost their second game in the Tim Tebow era this season. They control their own destiny to the playoffs so they just need to win one, possibly two games.

Well, it was unlikely that Tebow and the Broncos would go undefeated under the quarterback's guidance. The Patriots were the only legitimate threat on the team's schedule. But even the Kansas City Chiefs are a threat to win the AFC West, and it could be a Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton showdown to end the season at Mile High. However, Denver must deal with the No. 28 Buffalo Bills on Christmas Eve.

Making a seven-spot leap this week, the San Diego Chargers moved from No. 18 to No. 11, just one spot behind the Broncos. They are playing a hard-charging gambit by going all-in for December. The team beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football and are also in contention for the AFC West title.

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

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