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.