NFL Power Rankings: Top 10 Through Week Three

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Sep 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) prepares to pass against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2. Denver Broncos (3-0)

Yes, I believe even the Broncos and their super offense aren’t that close to the Seahawks right now. Of course, I would place the Broncos in a category of their own as well with the way they’ve been running over teams left and right. Peyton Manning may have his best season yet, with the likes of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker catching his passes. They dismantled the poor Raiders defense last night to the tune of 27 points, and three touchdown passes from Manning, and this was only in the first half. They did let off the throttle a bit in   half as Manning did not throw for any touchdowns, but his overall line was still incredibly impressive, going 32/37 for 374 yards and three touchdowns. Eric Decker was the leading receiver of choice for the Broncos this week catching eight passes for 133 yards and a touchdown as well. Tight end Julius Thomas and Wes Welker each caught touchdown passes as well. This might be the most dynamic and powerful offense of all-time, but I still see some major holes in the defense. The Broncos defense gave up 281 passing yards to Terrelle Pryor, and while this isn’t to say that Pryor is a bad player, he’s not the most polished passer we’ve seen. But still, until he left with a concussion, he was slicing and dicing the Broncos defense. This is something that needs to improve as they start to face real competition, and teams with much better, more polished passing games. But until then, the Broncos are riding high at Mile High.

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  • Rod

    Maybe you made a typo, but Jimmy Graham had 9 receptions and two TD’s not Colston…and you are incorrect about throwing in the cold…I don’t know where this house wives’ fallacy comes from…but you are correct about running being a necessity in the playoffs but more so to control clock to rest that very good defense…(imagine that, a coach named Ryan coaching a defense)…Until we get through the New England, Chicago, Miami gauntlet with 2 or more wins, I will reserve my demand for a #1 ranking…and as far as teams that defend the pass better…Tampa and Arizona were ranked high against the pass until they played an elite QB… like Drew who posted 300+ on both of them…not many defenses that are ranked high against the pass have played elite PASSING qb’s like Brees, Rogers, P. Manning…so I counter that with perhaps those top Passing Defenses have to prove themselves against our offense which has proven over the last 6 years and counting that there is an 80% chance of them getting 3 TD’s in the air and a 90% chance of throwing for 300+ yards no matter who you are…hands down the best receiving corp (in terms of talent and depth and counting Sproles, Thomas, and both TE’s) and the one of three of the most elite QB’s playing…Chicago vs. Nola will determine home field advantage this year for NFC, Seattle and Chicago are great, but I don’t see them coming out of their divisions as clean as new orleans right now…unless Carolina has something to say about that (doubt it)…

    • Matt Wincherauk

      Yeah, for some reason I read Colston as having two TDs. My mistake, it’s fixed now.

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