The Denver Broncos (3-5) should see a slight rise in the latest NFL power rankings when they come out on Tuesday. The Broncos certainly showed that they are plenty capable of a comeback (again) by outscoring the Raiders, 31-7, in the second half of Sunday's game. But by no means has this one victory turned this season around completely, even if the team is just one victory behind the Kansas City Chiefs, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers (all 4-4).
But the team certainly deserves to move up a couple of spots with that comeback victory. They should jump the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Seattle Seahawks, the former on a bye and the latter a loser to the Dallas Cowboys, who are both 2-6. The same could be said for the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings, also 2-6.
The Philadelphia Eagles have continually been propped up in the rankings because those making them believe that the Eagles are better than what they've shown this season. A big jump in last week's power rankings after a 34-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was justified, but they fell to 3-5 on Monday following a 30-24 loss to Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears at home in Lincoln Financial Field. Will the Broncos be ahead of them this time? If we believe past results in power rankings are indicative of future ones, the Eagles will still likely be several spots ahead of the Broncos.
There are two other 3-5 teams that are tied with the Broncos and the Eagles. The Washington Redskins are on a four-game losing streak while the Cleveland Browns have dropped two-straight and scored a total of 22 points in those games.
Maybe the Broncos can break through and finish a spot or two higher than No. 25 this week. The Sagarin Ratings had the Broncos as the No. 21 team prior to the conclusion of the Eagles' Monday night loss. These numbers have usually rated the Broncos higher than the humans have.