The Denver Broncos are making believers out of the skeptics with each win the team picks up with Tim Tebow at the helm. In RealClearSports' NFL power ranking averages, the Broncos come in as the No. 8 team in the league this week. Four out of the eight rankings used by RCS placed the Broncos at No. 8 (SB Nation, Fox Sports, NFL.com and the Sporting News) while there was one ninth-place finish and two that came in at 10th overall. The USA Today computer numbers had the Broncos come in only at 15, lowering the team's final average of 9.5.
However, the Broncos are the No. 8 team because the averages above the Broncos provide a sharp picture on how close those teams really are. At No. 7, the Houston Texans have a rankings average of 6.25. But the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots all have averages in the 4 to 4.88 range (and the latter three teams are all within a 0.25-points range).
The Broncos are over one full point better than the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys, the No. 9 teams. Take all of this for what one will. The subjectivity of all of this makes for a bit of debate.