NFL Power Rankings: ESPN Slides Denver Broncos Down Again After Loss to Packers

Christopher SmithCorrespondent IIIOctober 5, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers knocks the ball out of the hands of Daniel Fells #86 of the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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The Denver Broncos have now slid a full five positions from their highest point this season in ESPN's NFL Power Rankings.

They currently land at 27th on the list—their season high is at 22nd.

Is the slide on the rankings a surprise?

Not by any means.

Could they have slid further?

Absolutely.

Whereas their offense did show an ability to move the ball on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, the Broncos continued to turn the ball over in an ugly way.

If that wasn't bad enough, the defense didn't show up to Lambeau with the rest of the team—with the exception of Von Miller.

The Broncos suffered three interceptions by Kyle Orton and a fumble by tight end Daniel Fells—combine that with the most powerful offense in the league and a seriously underachieving defense, and you end up with a 49-23 loss.

The Broncos needed to come out against Green Bay with some serious energy.

They played well for the first quarter and a half, and then dropped right back into mediocrity for the remainder of the game.

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos watches a replay on the scoreboard during the final minutes of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /G
Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

 

With a more convincing effort, and a closer game, the Broncos could have made a bid for a positional gain on the Power Rankings.

That didn't happen.

At this point, it's as clear as ever: The Broncos have done nothing to earn a spot higher than 27th.

In Week 5 Denver plays host to the favorites for the AFC West division title—the San Diego Chargers.

This will certainly prove to be a better gauge of power than the Packers did in Week 4, as ESPN's Paul Kuharsky states, but it still doesn't appear to be anything less than a tough game for Denver.

If Denver was able to prove themselves throughout the remaining three quarters of this 2011 season, they could make a run for the lower teens in the power rankings.

However, all they've done so far is prove to the league that they are indeed bottom-feeders as they were expected to be.