The one thing the Denver Broncos have going for them on both sides of the ball is talent at several positions. The most explosive of the talent on the offensive side that has yet to be unveiled, however, is the stud receiving duo of Salt and Pepper, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. So far, Thomas has received most of the attention while hauling in 13 catches for 188yds and 2TDs over the first two games of this young NFL season. The problem is that Decker has been average at best and needs to find ways to get more looks from Peyton Manning’s direction.
Now that is not to say that 9Rec for 107Yds is a terrible start to the year, as we all know that Manning loves to spread the wealth and utilize every talent on the field throughout the game. But Decker is due for a breakout game where he not only has 6 or 7 receptions, but extends the play with a wily run after the catch and scores a TD or two. This third year receiver is too good to not allow the Broncos to have one of the best WR combos in the league opposite Thomas. Will Decker be able to have that type of game that will leave fantasy owners drooling this Sunday against the Houston Texans?
Let’s just look inside the deceptive numbers for a moment at the Texans and their number one ranked defense. The Texans are first overall against the pass allowing 124.0Yds/g and eight overall against the rush allowing 72.0Yds/g. Let’s be realistic, though. They have only played the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. Now I’m going to go out on a limb here and acknowledge that Ryan Tannehill and/or Blaine Gabbert are not even close to being even an 80% healthy Manning. I might also be willing to throw it out there that Willis McGahee poses a bigger threat than Reggie Bush or an underachieving Maurice Jones-Drew who is still trying to get his legs under him from a preseason holdout.
With that said, I might even go further in saying that Decker will have his breakout game against these Texans and will make all of his fantasy owners proud this weekend. The problem lies in the fact that while the Broncos may be more well-rounded than either the Dolphins or Jaguars, this Texans team is as good as advertised. They will still give the Broncos fits and it will be a tough battle in the trenches and a high scoring game. Decker will get his stats, but this may very well be the toughest game on the Broncos first half schedule.
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