TDT NFL Power Rankings No. 13: Denver Broncos

The Broncos are looking make a return to the playoffs in 2017 under their rookie head coach.

The Denver Broncos were a team predicated on their defense last season. The offense, on the other hand, held them back over the course of the season. This unit will need to play much better if they want to make the postseason in 2017, something they failed to do a season ago. Rookie head coach will have to figure out the conundrum at quarterback. If he can do so, the Broncos will be in the mix this season.

What I Like: The Broncos led the NFL in pass defense in each of the past two seasons. They are looking to make it three in row in 2017. Their secondary certainly belongs in the conversation as one of, if not, the best defensive backfield in the league. Chris Harris and Aqib Talib are both lockdown corners when playing at their best, while safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart play their roles, and well.

What I Don’t Like: The quarterback situation in Denver is not one of much stability. Trevor Siemian has been named the starter over second-year player Paxton Lynch, but that doesn’t mean he’s the answer for the Broncos, because he’s not. Siemian did some good things in 2016, showing poise and toughness, but he is not the guy to get them back to the Super Bowl. Until the Broncos find that guy, they will not truly be considered championship contenders.

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Offensive MVP: WR Demaryius Thomas. With a project at quarterback, it’s is very important for Siemian to have a security blanket who he can rely on getting the ball to when the team needs a big play. Thomas is that guy. He is a big target with great speed and have proven time and time again to be a big play threat. I look for him to be a major factor this season.

Defensive MVP: OLB Von Miller. This really comes as no surprise. Miller will not only be the Broncos’ defensive MVP, but he may be the Defensive Player of the Year in the entire NFL this season. He’s a ferocious pass-rusher and brings a ton of energy every time he takes the field. He’s the type of guy you want on your team if you want a dominant defense.

Season Outlook: The Broncos are pretty close to becoming true championship contenders again. I think the quarterback position will ultimately hold them back though. I think Denver will be able to establish more of a running game this year, especially with the addition of Jamaal Charles. I’m not sure if they’re ready to take the top off opposing defenses and air it out, however. The defense will be near the top, but I don’t see them being any more than a Wild Card team right now.

9-7, 3rd in NFC West

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