Week 4 was rough for the Broncos.
They got crushed by the Ravens, lost Teddy Bridgewater and then Baltimore continued its 100-yard rushing streak in the game’s final play — something Denver head coach Vic Fangio basically called cow excrement.
On the bright side, rookie running back Javonte Williams had that incredible run, dragging half of the Ravens’ defense with him.
What’s next? Heading into Pittsburgh to take on the 1-3 Steelers at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings entering Week 5:
Bleacher Report (No. 15) | Last week: No. 9
“It had to happen sooner or later. After games against three teams that were a combined 0-9 entering Week 4, the Denver Broncos would have to up the level of competition. That level-up came Sunday in the form of the Baltimore Ravens–and it didn’t end well.” See the full rankings.
CBS Sports (No. 15) | Last week: No. 10
“The offense was dreadful against the Ravens, especially after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a concussion. At 3-1, they still have to like their fast start,” Pete Prisco writes. See the full rankings.
ESPN (No. 14) | Last week: No. 13
“Why it’s a surprise: On one hand it shouldn’t be a surprise, as it’s been quite some time since the Broncos special teams’ units and consistency were paired together. But with the investment made in adding more speed to the roster in the offseason, the Broncos have surrendered a 38-yard kickoff return in the season opener and a 102-yard kickoff return for a TD in Week 2, have been called for a taunting penalty after downing a punt and surrendered a 42-yard punt return in Week 4. In a 3-1 start, none of those plays have cost them. But if this team really wants to be in the playoff conversation, repairs need to be made or those kinds of plays will cost them,” Jeff Legwold writes. See the full rankings.
NFL.com (No. 16) | Last week: No. 12
“Sunday’s showing against the Ravens is unlikely to convince doubters that Denver’s perfect September was more about who the Broncos are than who they played. They were unable to stop Lamar Jackson through the air, and the offense couldn’t get anything going in a dispiriting 23-7 loss at Mile High. Teddy Bridgewater struggled to move the offense before exiting the game with a concussion; Drew Lock took over in the second half and was unable to produce a single point as Broncos fans jeered,” Dan Hanzus writes. See the full rankings.
Sporting News (No. 16) | Last week: No. 17
“The Broncos also faced a strong opponent but didn’t pass the test because of anemic offense, which got worse after having to go from Teddy Bridgewater to Drew Lock. Von Miller and the defense remained a pretty strong backbone, however,” Vinnie Iyer writes. See the full rankings.
Sports Illustrated (No. 16) | Last week: No. 12
“Teddy Bridgewater’s steady veteran leadership was a big reason for the Broncos’ 3-0 start. But he was hit frequently behind a Denver offensive line with two spot starters, and left the game with a concussion. Depending on how Bridgewater’s recovery goes, Drew Lock could start next week against the Steelers,” Jenny Vrentas writes. See the full rankings (subscription).
USA Today (No. 16) | Last week: No. 16
“Cupcake-laden September is over. October could be cruel with OLB Bradley Chubb out, QB Teddy Bridgewater in concussion protocol and much tougher opponents coming down the pike,” Nate Davis writes. See the full rankings.
Yahoo Sports (No. 14) | Last week: No. 10
“It’s a bit troubling that the Broncos are so mad at the Ravens for trying to get 100 yards rushing on a meaningless play at the end. Why weren’t they that mad about getting blown out for the first 59:57 of that game? It’s a weird thing to be that fired up about. It’s the type of things losing organizations care too much about,” Frank Schwab writes. See the full rankings.
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