From the opening kick when Diontae Spencer ran backwards to give the Broncos a terrible starting position, Sunday wasn’t a good day for Denver.
A 37-12 loss to the Raiders in Las Vegas was one of the worst of the season for the Broncos. In terms of the worst in head coach Vic Fangio’s tenure, Denver Post Broncos defeats writer Ryan O’Halloran, “If it wasn’t, then it’s definitely in conflict.”
With 3-6 for the fourth season in a row, Denver has a difficult road ahead. Next up: the soaring dolphins, who have won four consecutive games.
Here’s a look at how several national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings that entered week 11:
Bleacher report (No. 28) | Last week: No. 25
“If there was any question whether the Denver Broncos 2020 were bad, it was answered that Sunday in Las Vegas. Every facet of the team reeked of the Raiders. But the most depressing of them all had to be sophomore quarterback Drew Lock, who threw four interceptions and finished with a 37.3 passer rating. It is becoming more apparent by the week that Lock is not the long-term bottom-center answer for the Broncos unless the question is ‘who will lead the Broncos to six 5-11 seasons in a row?’ View the full rankings.
CBS Sports (No. 22) | Last week: No. 24
Drew Lock looked ordinary against the Raiders at best, which isn’t a good thing in the long run. He doesn’t have to turn it around anymore, ”writes Pete Prisco. View the full rankings.
ESPN (No. 23) | Last week: No. 22
Passing on Bolles’ option for the fifth year will cost Denver in the short term. Had the Broncos enabled Bolles’ option, he would have received just over $ 11 million next season. While Bolles led the league by holding penalties for his first three seasons, last season he worked to get stronger, playing with both more composure and better hand technique. Some hiring managers believe he played just as well as any tackle in the league. The Broncos will have to make a decision, as well as competition for his services, when he’s an unrestricted free agent in March. They will have to pay a big check to keep it, ”writes Jeff Legwold. View the full rankings.
ANFL.com (No. 25) | Last week: No. 23
“It’s not too early to worry about Drew Lock. The second-year quarterback’s hot and cold second season hit an all-time low on Sunday with a meltdown of four interceptions against the rival Raiders in a 37-12 loss. Lock has thrown 10 interceptions in seven starts this year and continues to play recklessly with the football – a cowboy style of football that doesn’t quite match his skill level. Lock is very young and relatively inexperienced – there are obvious mechanical flaws in his game and his game can improve with good coaching and better decision making. But will John Elway and the Broncos have the patience to live with the growing pains? Lock may need a strong finish in the last seven weeks to keep the faith, ”writes Dan Hanzus. View the full rankings.
Sports news (No. 23) | Last week: No. 21
Drew Lock seemed to be turning a corner with the Chargers and Falcons games, but his slump against a shaky Raiders defense is not that inspiring, especially for John Elway. Now other parts of Vic Fangio’s defense are starting to fall apart as well. ”, Vinnie Iyer writes. View the full rankings.
Sports Illustrated (No. 25) | Last week: No. 24
“A lot of questions about where the Broncos are going from here, and the big question could be how they approach the quarterback position,” writes Albert Breer. View the full rankings.
USA Today (No. 24) | Last week: No. 23
“They can learn to compete better in AFC West after losing 110 points in their first three-game swing through the division,” writes Nate Davis. View the full rankings.
Yahoo Sports (No. 28) | Last week: No. 24
‘Drew Lock has a passer-by rating of 66.5 this season. Of all the players with 100 tries this season, only Sam Darnold has a worse rating (Darnold’s collapse is a story for another day). If Lock didn’t play better in the past seven games, it would be very difficult to sell Broncos fans in another season of his as a quarterback, ”writes Frank Schwab. View the full rankings.