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

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Fantasy surprise: WR Tim Patrick

Look, it's not a surprise in terms of his ability, his performance in big moments and his consistency. But the return of Courtland Sutton from last season's knee injury and the continued emergence of Jerry Jeudy were supposed to cut into Patrick's snap count from last season, when he led the team in receiving touchdowns. But Teddy Bridgewater's consistency at quarterback and willingness to spread the ball around -- he has completed passes to nine different players in each of the Broncos' first two tilts -- has Patrick with two touchdowns already. Patrick also has turned eight targets into seven receptions. And with Jeudy still expected to miss several weeks with an ankle injury he suffered in the season opener, Patrick figures to stay busy. -- Jeff Legwold

NFL.com -- Rank: 13

The Broncos took care of business in a 23-13 win over the Jaguars, a game that will be remembered as Courtland Sutton's post-ACL-tear coming-out party. The talented fourth-year wideout lit up the Jacksonville secondary for 159 yards on nine catches, almost a year to the day that he suffered his knee injury against the Steelers. Sutton is a major figure on a Denver offense that needs playmakers following the ankle injury suffered by Jerry Jeudy in the season opener. If Sutton can build on this effort and continue to show chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos will unlock another level to their attack.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

They are 2-0 and Teddy Bridgewater has played well in winning two on the road. They now get the Jets at home in a game they should win to get to 3-0.

USA Today -- Rank: 17

They've knocked out two bad teams and face another one (Jets) in Sunday's home opener. Makes it hard to get a good bead on this Denver outfit, but winning games you're supposed to get is a clear step in proper direction.

The Athletic -- Rank: 13

Teddy Bridgewater has done exactly what has been asked of him in getting the Broncos to a 2-0 mark. Sure, it's come against bad teams, but both on the road. He's completed 77.1 percent of his passes and has no interceptions, relying on a stout Denver defense. He's not the franchise's quarterback of the future, but when was the last time Broncos fans could feel this good about their QB?

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