STDL: Ho hum, Broncos are still #1

Another week, another Broncos win. And of course, the advanced metrics still count Denver among the league's elite teams.

You didn't expect anything else, did you?

Denver remains atop Brian Burke's efficiency rankings for the fifth straight week, and are even creating some distance between themselves and the other top teams. Burke's figures again have the Broncos ranked first in offensive efficiency (first in passing, sixth in rushing) and second on defense (fifth against the pass, 11th versus the run).

Looking ahead to future opponents, the Bucs rank 13th overall, the Ravens are 17th, and the rest are all 21st or worse.

Pro Football Reference

As for PFR's Simple Rating System, the Broncos have leapfrogged the Niners and Patriots, and now sit at third overall.

Denver ranks second in Offensive SRS (behind New England), and is tied for sixth in Defensive SRS.

Out of upcoming opponents, Baltimore ranks 10th, Tampa Bay is 11th, and the rest are all 20th or worse.

Pro Football Focus

For the first time this season, Denver now ranks as the best team according to PFF's grading, after having trailed those same Pats and Niners the previous two weeks.

PFF grades Denver's offense as number three behind those very teams, and ranks them fifth on defense; the special teams rank fourth.

Tampa Bay (eighth) and Baltimore (15th) are the only remaining opponents currently ranked better than 21st in the league.


The Chargers rank 21st in efficiency according to Burke, 20th by PFR's measure, and 21st by PFF's grading.

As follows, Burke's game probabilities heavily favor Denver on Sunday, and call the matchup the second-most lopsided of the week, slightly behind Houston over Jacksonville.

The betting public agrees, and the Broncos are favored by eight points there.

Also expectedly, the talk of Denver as Super Bowl contender, Peyton Manning as MVP candidate, and Von Miller as Defensive POY increases with each win. Look for the Broncos to win convincingly on Sunday, essentially wrapping up the AFCW, and for the plaudits to only grow louder.

Such a bore, right?

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