It's safe to say, in NFL power rankings or anywhere else, that the Denver Broncos are a bottom-of-the-league team. No matter how one slices and dices it, the Broncos are 0-1 and they need to correct that. But if one looks at CBS Sports' NFL power rankings, one loss won't send a team plummeting down the rankings (see Atlanta and Pittsburgh). For the Broncos, their one loss keeps them in the bottom of the rankings, as every set of them should. They are No. 29 in CBS Sports' and the blurb for them is likely to become oft-repeated:
Would Tim Tebow have fumbled at a crucial point as Kyle Orton did against the Raiders? You think that line was repeated at times. Looks like the Broncos are in for a long season.
Always playing the "what if?" card. Eventually, if this season is a long one, head coach John Fox will need to turn that card in and see what is. However, quarterback is not the biggest issue with this team. The run defense still needs to fix things, injuries need to be avoided and the running game needs to find traction.
But, as Pete Prisco writes in his introduction to the rankings, there's still 15 weeks to go. Now is not the time to lose hope in the Broncos' season.
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