NFL Power Rankings: Broncos Enter 2012 Playoffs, Have No Need To Be Ranked

The Denver Broncos are in the 2012 NFL Playoffs, making power rankings irrelevant.

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NFL Power Rankings: RealClearSports Ranking Averages Places Denver Broncos At No. 14

The NFL playoffs are a put up or shut up time for the 12 remaining teams playing games in January, which means by one way or another they did enough to beat out the 20 teams that must wait another season for dreams of postseason glory. But if we want to look at silly things like end of the year NFL power rankings, RealClearSports has come up with the final average ranking for each team.

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The Denver Broncos moved down one spot from No. 13 to No. 14. The seven rankings the site used to calculate the average gave the Broncos a 14.14 average, slipping by 0.14 points to the Dallas Cowboys, a non-playoff team. The Philadelphia Eagles also came in ahead of Broncos, taking the No. 12 spot.

Still, the No. 14 ranking was the highest among AFC West teams, as the San Diego Chargers took No. 16, the Oakland Raiders No. 18 and the Kansas City Chiefs No. 23.

The playoffs are a whole other beast and maybe it's the time Tim Tebow finds his groove again.

For more on the 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: CBS Sports' Pete Prisco Doesn't Like TIm Tebow

The Denver Broncos did not drop in this week's final regular season NFL power rankings at CBS Sports. In fact, the team moved up one spot to No. 12, which is the key position in all of this. Only 12 teams make it into the playoffs and the Broncos are one of those 12 teams. What does an end of the regular season raking mean to playoff teams. They compete for the Lombardi Trophy while 20 other teams need to wait until next season.

Of course, the Broncos probably are the weakest team entering the playoffs given the decrepit state of the offense. As Pete Prisco writes:

Still think Tim Tebow is the long-term answer? Didn't think so. Denver has to find a quarterback -- playoffs or not.

That's probably going a bit too far, but if Tebow has another bad game it is entirely possible that we might not hear those hushed whispers of Tim Tebow being the starter in 2012. And that's when the fun begins.

For more on the 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: Broncos Finish Regular Season At No. 16 In SB Nation's Set

The Denver Broncos dropped out of the top 15 of SB Nation's NFL power rankings.

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