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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Denver Broncos

Throughout the 2021 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 16 roundup for the Broncos in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 20

How hot is Vic Fangio's seat: 3. Warm seat

George Paton hasn't completed his first season as the Broncos general manager, so it's not completely clear how he will react to the season Denver is having. It's not known if he will elect to replace the entire coaching staff or keep Fangio with the caveat that the coach has to make changes on the staff -- especially on the team's still-struggling offense. Paton has publicly said how much he respects Fangio and believes they work well together on personnel and the development of young players. Fangio also calls plays for the No. 2 scoring defense in the league. But without a holiday football miracle, this will be the sixth consecutive season the team has missed the playoffs and scored fewer than 23 points a game -- and the team's faithful are fresh out of patience. -- Jeff Legwold

NFL.com -- Rank: 23

The Broncos have told us who they are at this point: This is a team with a quality defense led by a coach in Vic Fangio who knows how to scramble up an opponent's playbook. Unfortunately for the Broncos, teams are too often successful in scrambling Denver's own attack, thus neutralizing the team's principle strength. Teddy Bridgewater exited Sunday's damaging loss to the Bengals with a scary head injury that required a precautionary overnight hospital stay and puts his Week 16 availability in doubt. Meanwhile, the idea of Drew Lock stepping in to wake this dormant offense from its long winter's nap feels like the plot of a particularly fanciful Lifetime Christmas movie.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

Losing to the Bengals and then having Teddy Bridgewater go down was a tough day for Denver. Their playoff hopes are slipping away.

USA Today -- Rank: 22

Vic Fangio has dialed in his defense, one that's allowed the fewest first downs and rushing TDs in the league. But there just doesn't appear to be sufficient offensive firepower for a team charged with sweeping through the AFC West over the final three weeks just to have a shot at postseason.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Our gift to you: Any elite quarterback who even sniffs the market this offseason. It could be Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers or some hybrid of the two created in a lab -- the Broncos won't be picky. They wasted yet another dominant performance by their defense in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, landing on the wrong side of the scoreboard despite limiting Cincinnati to a season low in points and 4-of-13 on third down. Denver's offense has been painful to watch, and for a city that has experienced the zenith of thrilling quarterback play twice over -- John Elway, Peyton Manning -- floundering at the game's most important position has only added to the misery.

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