ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Broncos fell in the power rankings after a 27-21 loss to the Falcons that featured several first quarter turnovers.
After a Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Peyton Manning-led Broncos launched up everybody's power rankings and were instantly in the conversation as one of the AFC's top contenders. A Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons slowed that talk and in SB Nation's latest power rankings from Joel Thorman, the Broncos saw a fall out of the top 10:
11. Denver Broncos (LW: 7, 1-1): So Peyton Manning isn't back? The Broncos' quarterback threw three first quarter interceptions on Monday night, putting his team in a hole only a few minutes into the game. He'll be fine, but this is a good reminder that he's a 36-year old quarterback who had played one regular season game in 600+ days before Monday night. These games will happen.
After a 27-21 loss on the road to the Falcons, the Broncos face an even tougher task in Week 3 when they'll host the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field. After two consecutive 20 point victories, albeit against the Dolphins and Jaguars, the Texans snagged Thorman's No. 2 spot in the power rankings behind only the San Francisco 49ers.
The Broncos also fell in the ESPN power rankings, although not as far as in Thorman's, with a one spot tumble from No. 9 to No. 10:
It could take a while, but Denver still has an opportunity to be very good, despite its turnover-filled debacle against Atlanta. (Fox)