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No. 38: Denver Broncos

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:42 PM ET
By Brian Kamenetzky | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 86 Title track: 26 Ownership: 33 Coaching: 49 Players: 44 Fan relations: 56 Affordability: 65 Stadium experience: 53 Bang for the buck: 37

Four seasons of mediocrity (32-32 from 2006 to 2009) and a disastrous 2010, when the team lost 10 of its last 12 games, had lifted fan frustration a mile high and dropped the Broncos in our rankings like a rock through thin mountain air. So what accounts for this year's 48-spot ascent? Start with an AFC West title and the ...

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