Denver Broncos: Week 16 NFL Power Rankings (#5)

Last week: 5 (+0)

Record: 11-3

Net points per drive: 0.67 (5th)

DVOA: 37.2% (3rd)

Weighted DVOA: 39.5% (3rd)

The NFC is the much deeper conference, but I think the AFC has more top level talent as they have 3 of the top-5 top tier teams. The Broncos are in 5th, 3rd out of the 3 top AFC teams, because they’ve lost to both of the other two. The Texans have split and the Patriots have beaten both (and still will have to go on the road in a rematch against both because they managed to go 1-3 against the NFC West).

Yes, I am aware those games were in weeks 2 and 5 and that the Broncos have ripped off an NFL best 9 game winning streak since, but against whom? Only Cincinnati and Baltimore even have a winning record among those 9. They could win the whole thing, but I wouldn’t bet on them to win a rematch against New England, let alone a rematch against Houston in the AFC Championship, if they manage to get that far.

Studs

RB Knowshon Moreno: Rushed for 115 yards (50 after contact) and a touchdown on 21 attempts, 1 broken tackle, caught 2 passes for 8 yards on 2 attempts

C Dan Koppen: Did not allow a pressure on 30 pass block snaps, run blocked for 55 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts

WR Eric Decker: Caught 8 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts, 1.6 YAC per catch

LOLB Wesley Woodyard: Allowed 2 catches for 8 yards on 7 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 3 stops

CB Champ Bailey: Allowed 4 catches for 40 yards on 6 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 7 solo tackles, 5 stops

CB Chris Harris: Allowed 1 catch for 13 yards on 5 attempts, 1 interception, 1 solo tackle

RE Robert Ayers: 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 1 quarterback hurry on 16 pass rush snaps, 1 stop

ROLB Von Miller: 3 quarterback hits and 5 quarterback hurries on 37 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 2 solo tackles, 2 stops

RE Elvis Dumervil: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 4 quarterback hurries on 42 pass snaps, 1 stop

Duds

WR Demaryius Thomas: Caught 4 passes for 13 yards on 9 attempts on 30 pass snaps, 1.5 YAC per catch, 1 drop

SS Mike Adams: Allowed 3 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts, 5 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle, 1 quarterback hit on 2 blitzes

FS Rahim Moore: Allowed 1 catch for 9 yards on 1 attempt, 2 solo tackles, 2 missed tackles

WR Trindon Holliday: 2 kickoff returns for 20 yards, 1 fumble, 5 punt returns for 33 yards

RB Ronnie Hillman: 32 yards (20 after contact) on 15 attempts, 1 broken tackle, allowed 1 sack on 1 pass block snap

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