Barely budging in the national power rankings over the past few weeks after lackluster wins over Carolina, San Diego and Kansas City, the Denver Broncos have now shaken up the top five after a 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Profootballtalk.com, CBSSports.com, Yahoo.com and NFL.com all have the Broncos slated as the No. 4 team in the NFL, with the lone outlier to this consensus being ESPN.com, who listed the Broncos at No. 5.
The Broncos had previously been rated at sixth or seventh by virtually every outlet. This week, they were moved ahead of the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens by every website, and the San Francisco 49ers in all but ESPN’s rankings.
The Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, the only three teams that have handed the Broncos losses this season, remain ahead of Denver across the board.
The lone remaining question is: When are the folks from ESPN going to get on board?