NFL Power Rankings: The ‘surprises of the good and bad variety’ tier
A 4-4 record and an NFC South lead after Week 8 is something that wasn’t even predicted by the city of Atlanta. The Falcons have capitalized on the Buccaneers sputtering out of the gate. They are also 2-1 in games versus teams with a winning percentage of .500 or better.
The Falcons; offense has been efficient. They’ve exceeded 26 points in five of their eight games and 20 points in all but two. The defense must improve. If they can, there’s still time to make noise in 2022.
The Denver Broncos have struggled offensively, and based on the eyeball test alone, they’re among the NFL’s best offensive attacks. The stats further drive that theory home.
They rank last in red zone scoring having scored a touchdown in 35% of their red zone trips. Their rushing attack has also been painfully average at best. They’re ranked 22nd in rush yards per game and 24th in rushing touchdowns despite being 14th in the NFL in rushing attempts.
Until Russell Wilson and Denver’s offense can mesh as a unit, there will always be more questions than answers about a team that should be better than it is.