GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01: Cornerback Champ Bailey #24 and runningback Willis McGahee #23 of the Denver Broncos watch from the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL Power Rankings 2011: Denver Broncos Still Near The Bottom As Season Nears

NFL power rankings are back in the swing of things, but the Denver Broncos still among league's worst for now.

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NFL Power Rankings: Broncos Looking Up At Rest Of AFC West

Much like preseason and Week 1 college football polls, NFL power rankings don't mean much right now (or possibly not even as the season goes on), but they do give plenty of talking points to pick up on. ESPN already has its Week 1 power rankings out. To no surprise at all, the Denver Broncos check in near the bottom of the league at No. 27.

That's a justifiable position since it was where they ranked the team in their preseason rankings. The Broncos are coming off a 4-12 season that has made improvements on defense with the addition of rookie Von Miller and a revamped defensive line. The defense looked dominating during the preseason--when the first-teamers were in.

But Kyle Orton still remains the hot topic of conversation since Tim Tebow is with the team as well. As SB Nation's Joel Thorman writes in his first 2011 NFL power rankings:

QB Kyle Orton gets criticized too much, I think, and he'll make life difficult on more than a few teams.

Orton is brought down for what he isn't, but his numbers do tailor off during the second half of his seasons.

Time to find out what the Broncos have this season when they host the Oakland Raiders on Monday, Sept. 12.

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