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2020 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Denver Broncos rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 14 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 26

Best-case scenario: Rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler provide some excitement. The Broncos have been a professional, competent team, and they were competitive in Sunday night's loss against the Chiefs. But Drew Lock ranks 29th out of 32 qualifying quarterbacks in QBR, and their passing game has been a mess. It's unclear what changes are coming to the Broncos in the offseason, but the young wide receivers providing some juice down the stretch would at least give them something.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They showed well on defense against the Chiefs and had a chance to win it. Drew Lock has to be better, but he is progressing.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

He's hardly the biggest name in a promising young receiving corps, but you have to be impressed by emergence of undrafted third-year WR Tim Patrick.

ESPN -- Rank: 23

Person with most at stake: QB Drew Lock

And it's not close. Lock has four games to help his own cause when it comes to what the team does for 2021. If he ramps up his play by improving some basic, in-the-moment decision-making, the Broncos could get the two or so wins it would take to push them out of the draft's top 10 and lessen outside pressure to select a quarterback. But Lock has to close the season as he did in 2019 and reduce his turnovers. He has the arm strength, the mobility and the ability to bounce back from mistakes. However, his penchant for risky decisions that result in turnovers is a red flag. -- Jeff Legwold

NFL.com -- Rank: 24

The Broncos' defense delivered a gritty performance against the Chiefs on Sunday night, holding the mighty Patrick Mahomes to a single touchdown pass and just 22 points at Arrowhead. It was an impressive showing that should have put Denver in line for a huge upset, but the Broncos' offense continues to be a pop-gun operation, even when it's not Kendall Hinton behind center. Drew Lock threw interceptions on Denver's first and last possessions of the night and was only OK in the drives in between. It was another subpar effort that should have the Broncos thinking long and hard about whether Lock should even be in the team's QB1 conversation in 2021.

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