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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 9 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Their first seven offensive possessions against the Chargers: two first downs, six punts and a field goal. The Broncos looked like a complete disaster. But they have consistently played hard for Vic Fangio, and that resilience paid off in a thrilling comeback win against the Chargers. Cornerback Bryce Callahan was terrific in this game, coming up with a key jump-ball interception in the end zone against Mike Williams. The Broncos can improve to .500 with a win Sunday at Atlanta.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

Could the late-game comeback against the Chargers be the moment that gets Drew Lock going as their long-term guy? He was impressive in the fourth quarter.

USA Today -- Rank: 19

OLB Bradley Chubb appears to be all the way back, posting at least one sack in each of his past four outings.

ESPN -- Rank: 22

Reason for optimism: RB Phillip Lindsay

The Broncos have seen both sides of the Lindsay riddle this season. When he is on the field and they're willing to give him the ball, their offense is better -- as in much better. But how many carries is too many carries is always a question given that Lindsay has missed three games and the second half of two others this season. But he leads all NFL running backs in yards per carry at 6.4. But with the Broncos having signed Melvin Gordon to a $16 million deal this offseason, Gordon's snap count seems forced at times, to the detriment of Lindsay. -- Jeff Legwold

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

Through three quarters on Sunday, the Broncos' offense had managed 10 points on 156 yards of total offense. The Chargers' lead ballooned to three touchdowns, and fans at Empower Field booed Drew Lock and Co. off the field. But everything changed in the final 15 minutes, as the Broncos reeled off 21 points and nearly 200 yards of offense in a stunning 31-30 victory. Lock went 14-of-18 passing for 155 yards with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, punctuated by a 14-play, 81-yard drive in the final minutes to steal one from the Bolts. It was the type of performance that can win over an entire fanbase -- let's see if Lock can build off this effort this Sunday in Atlanta.

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