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NFL Power Rankings 2012, Week 12: Broncos in seventh heaven

Denver drops a spot in the SB Nation power rankings even after their Week 11 pummeling of the Carolina Panthers.

Andy Lyons

The Denver Broncos maintain a strong position in the latest SB Nation NFL Power Rankings, coming in seventh among the league's 32 squads.

The seventh spot represents a minor drop for the Broncos, despite their 36-14 romp over the Carolina Panthers in Week 11. Last week, Denver slotted in at sixth overall. SB Nation's Joel Thorman ties the Broncos' fortunes to their prolific offense.

Fun fact: Every time the Broncos have scored more than 30 points this year, they've won. Every time it's been under 30 points, they've lost.

For the record, Denver is averaging 30.1 points per game.

The Broncos stay steady in the seventh slot in the ESPN Power Rankings this week, as their favorable remaining schedule gives them a good path to the AFC West crown. CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco also ranks the Broncos seventh and says their AFC West title is "locked up."

NBC/ProFootballTalk writer Mike Florio has a slightly higher opinion, awarding Denver the sixth-highest ranking. He writes that "[t]he question isn't whether they'll win the AFC West. The question is how many times they'll lap the field."