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Published on 09/12/2012 at Wed Sep 12 13:00.
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Raindrops cling to the Denver Broncos outdoor presser backdrop after training camp practice in 2012. ( photo)

Denver Broncos power rankings from around the web. Already in the top half of nearly all rankings, Sunday’s 31-19 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers sees the Broncos jump into most rankings’ Top 10 — or higher. (Previous week’s ranking in parenthesis).

ESPN: 9th (13)
Was Peyton Manning really wearing a Broncos jersey? Looked like he could’ve been rocking the Colts’ horseshoe. Impressive.

SI/Peter King: 5th (N/A)
It’s not a dream. Peyton Manning really was that good, 129.2-rating good, in his first real game in 20 months. Really agree with Tony Dungy: The Broncos waited too long to use the no-huddle. Peyton Manning should live in the no-huddle.

SI/Don Banks: 8th (11)
I’m feeling quite a bit better about picking John Fox’s team to win the AFC West again after Week 1. The Denver Peytons looked like a pretty solid team top to bottom, while the Chiefs and Raiders have obvious weaknesses and the Chargers won largely due to Oakland’s long-snapping woes. I wonder if Tim Tebow wakes up some days and wonders if the whole 2011 late-season magic carpet ride was just a dream? The city of Denver clearly has a new crush.

FOX: 11th (16)
Peyton Manning is back, and back in a big way. He was accurate. He threw with zip. He executed the no-huddle to perfection in the second half. He will need to play that well, or better, next week against the Falcons to keep up with their high-octane offense. But there is no reason to believe that he can’t.

CBS: 9th (10)
Peyton Manning is the same Peyton Manning. This is a good team. Now comes a tough test: at Atlanta. 8th (10)
Lost in the shuffle of the Manning hysteria was the outstanding play of the Denver secondary. Where was that last January in New England? Well, Tracy Porter wasn’t on the team then, and boy did he make his presence felt, with several nice plays not found on the stat sheet and a pick-six that was the biggest line item on that same stat sheet. If Denver can keep edge rushers Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller can stay healthy, this team could go far. Power Poll: 5th (13)

Walter Football: 10th (14)
Close call between the Broncos and Lions for the No. 10 spot, but Denver’s victory was much more impressive than Detroit’s.

National Football Post: 8th (14)
Maybe we had the Broncos ranked to low to start the season, but after watching Manning run that offense in Denver it was easy to bump them up.

USA Today Covers: 13th (12)
Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule.

Oh, and listed the Jets as the “Tebows” again… that’s fair.

Week 2: Where would you put the Denver Broncos (1-0) in your power rankings?

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  • E. Halsey Miles

    It’s worth adding that Football Outsiders ranked us #1 in DVOA, though there’s a healthy dose of “National Jump To Conclusions Week” due to small sample size. It’s #7 if you take into account their preseason projections.

  • herc_rock

    USA Today’s “Power Ratings” needs some serious fine-tuning.

  • Josh Temple

    Where do the Bears keep getting these great rankings from? Maybe I’m ignorant on where power rankings come from, but doesn’t last year’s finish help decide anything in where you start your ranking the following year? Chicago finished 8-8, 3rd in their division, no playoff birth and beat the lowly Colts Sunday. How are they a top 10 team until they knock off either the Packers or Bears?

  • Paradisimo

    Anyone see the headline on The Onion: “Tim Tebow’s 11 rushing yards lead Jets to 48-28 rout of Bills.” Classic!

  • DougEngland

    That is hilarious.

  • Jim_Jebow

    8-8 was due to caleb hanie. they would have finished much stronger if cuntler stayed healthy

  • TD30isMVP

    had to do a double take…totally agree herc, we beat a strong team and move down in the rankings? SMH.

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  • Monty

    I’d like to get these in a format that is more easily consumable… low to high, in a table format, or something. Power Rankings of Power Rankings, if you will.

  • jdkchem

    “How are they a top 10 team until they knock off either the Packers or Bears?”
    I though the Gaiders were the only team that beat themselves. Consistently. And often.

  • jdkchem

    This was quite good as well “Broncos Receivers Keep Forgetting They Can Run Farther Than 5 Yards Downfield On Passing Plays”,29483/

  • areferee

    National Football League prognostication is like masturbation. You take your life in your hands and no one really gives a sh**.