The Denver Broncos remain a top 10 team in SB Nation's Week 16 NFL power rankings even after a 41-23 loss to the New England Patriots. After reaching No. 8 last week, the Broncos are holding on to the No. 10 spot, but just barely. Joel Thorman concentrates on what the Broncos need to do to make the playoffs:
The Broncos lost their second game in the Tim Tebow era this season. They control their own destiny to the playoffs so they just need to win one, possibly two games.
Well, it was unlikely that Tebow and the Broncos would go undefeated under the quarterback's guidance. The Patriots were the only legitimate threat on the team's schedule. But even the Kansas City Chiefs are a threat to win the AFC West, and it could be a Tim Tebow vs. Kyle Orton showdown to end the season at Mile High. However, Denver must deal with the No. 28 Buffalo Bills on Christmas Eve.
Making a seven-spot leap this week, the San Diego Chargers moved from No. 18 to No. 11, just one spot behind the Broncos. They are playing a hard-charging gambit by going all-in for December. The team beat the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football and are also in contention for the AFC West title.