Posted Thu Jan 5th by Monty
The regular season is over — if there were no playoffs, here’s how the Denver Broncos would rank per the experts.
ESPN: 14th (13) Tim Tebow’s limitations and the strengths of the defense he will be facing in the first round could make for an awful day.
CBS: 12th (13) Still think Tim Tebow is the long-term answer? Didn’t think so. Denver has to find a quarterback — playoffs or not.
Sports Illustrated: 12th (12)
The Broncos started 1-4 and finished 0-3, but that 7-1 run in between sure was fun. Having the home-field advantage against the 12-4 Steelers (when will the NFL fix that inequity?) will help the Broncos and their quality defense keep the game close for a while, but Denver quarterback Tim Tebow has to produce some points in the passing game early or this one could get very, very ugly. And I mean John Elway might not even be able to watch from his club suite.
Sporting News: 15th (12)
Leading receiver: WR Eric Decker. He had only 44 catches and 612 yards, and it’s doubtful he and Demaryius Thomas can do much else with Tim Tebow.
Walter Football: 16th (12)
(Ed. Note: Some different networks this week as the usual suspects didn’t all update rankings. Damn computers, Brian Billick.)