Another week, another win for the Broncos.
Okay, so it was against the Giants and the Jaguars—not exactly teams in the upper field of the NFL (at least not during the first two weeks in the 2021 season). But this is the 27th time Denver has started 2-0 and only the third time they have done so with two road games.
Positive? Cortland Sutton is looking like the player he was projected to be before suffering a torn ACL last year. And Teddy Bridgewater is looking like a steal along this stat line: 77.1% perfection, 592 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
Next up: rookie Zack Wilson and 0-2 home opener against the Jets. As of Tuesday afternoon, Denver is the favorite of 10.5 points.
Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their strength rankings as they entered Week 3:
Bleacher Report (No. 12) | Last week: No. 18
“There’s a pretty good chance that the good times will roll around in week 3. The Broncos will finally face the winning Jets to come home on Sunday.” View the full ranking.
CBS Sports (No. 12) | Last week: No. 13
“They are 2-0 and Teddy Bridgewater has played well winning two on the road. They now get the Jets at home in a game they should win 3-0,” writes Pete Prisco. View the full ranking.
ESPN (number 14) | Last week: No. 20
“Look, it is no surprise in terms of his ability, his performance in the big moments and his consistency. But Cortland Sutton’s return from last season’s knee injury and the continued emergence of Jerry Judy should cut Patrick’s snap count from last season, when he led the team in receiving touchdowns. But Teddy Bridgewater’s consistency at quarterback and his willingness to spread the ball around — he’s completed passes to nine different players in each of the Broncos’ first two flings — has Patrick already two touchdowns. Patrick has also converted eight goals into seven receptions. And with Judy still expected to miss several weeks due to an ankle injury in the season opener, Patrick figures to be busy,” writes Jeff Legwold. View the full ranking.
NFL.com (No. 13) | Last week: No. 16
The Broncos took care of the trade in a 23-13 win over the Jaguars, a game that will be remembered as Cortland Sutton’s post-ACL-tear coming-of-age party. The talented fourth-year-old took Jacksonville Secondary on nine catches. Lighted for 159 yards, nearly a year until the day he suffered a knee injury against the Steelers. Sutton is a key figure on a Denver offense that was picked up by the Playmakers in the season opener after an ankle injury by Jerry Judy. If Sutton can build on this effort and continue to show chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos will unlock another level for their attack,” Dan Hanzus writes. View the full ranking.
Sports News (No. 21) | Last week: No. 26
“The Broncos are doing what they need to do with ongoing play and defense, supporting Teddy Bridgewater, who is making plays that are available to their latest batch of diverse playwrights. Vinnie Iyer writes, “They just need more impressive resumes than useless giants and Jaguars.” See the full ranking.
Sports Illustrated (No. 14) | Last week: No. 9
“Broncos fans are probably ready to complain about not being high on the list, although Denver isn’t really the lowest ranked 2-0 team on my board. It’s not the Broncos’ fault that schedule makers called them the Giants.” And given Jaguar to start (and the Jets this coming week), but it’s still true that we haven’t seen them beat anyone well. But it’s important to win, and they’ve run their business effectively. It’s a talented roster and Teddy Bridgewater has been one of the best stories of the season so far. I picked the Broncos to win the No. 7 seed in the AFC this year, and I’m still right on that bubble, Mitch Goldich writes. View full rankings (subscriptions).
USA TODAY (No. 17) | Last week: No. 15
“They have knocked out two bad teams and are facing another (Jets) in Sunday’s home opener. It makes it hard to get a good bead on this Denver outfit, but winning the game is a clear step in the proper direction to get what you want,” writes Nate Davis. View the full ranking.
Yahoo Sports (No. 9) | Last week: No. 16
“Courtland Sutton’s huge day is a great sign for the Broncos. Eventually they’ll get Jerry Judy back with an ankle high sprain, and they have a fun bunch of skill-positioning talent. The defense is good too. It’s an interesting team.” And since they play the Jets on Sunday, they are likely to be 3-0,” writes Frank Schwab. See the full ranking.