Through the first 11 games of the season, Eric Decker was almost a non-factor in the high-powered offense of the Denver Broncos. In the last two games, Decker has emerged as Peyton Manning‘s big-time target.
One week after his 174-yard, four-touchdown performance, Decker went for 117 yards and a touchdown on Sunday afternoon against a solid Tennessee Titans secondary. Decker only had three touchdowns going into last weekend. In just the last two games, he has almost doubled that amount.
The Broncos broke an NFL record with four players posting double-digit touchdowns. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno are among that crowd. It also appears that Decker will be soon joining them as he only needs two more touchdowns within the next three games to make it happen.
There was a lot of worry concerning Decker because he was down in production, but these last two games showed that he still factors a lot in the Broncos’ offense. With Welker possibly missing this Thursday’s game with a concussion, I would look to Decker to be a huge part of the offense on a short week against the San Diego Chargers in prime time.
We all know that in prime time is where he is most likely to shine, as he had big games against the Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts under the lights where the national audience is at an all-time high.
Don’t look now, but Decker is slowly becoming a big threat to opposing defenses. His speed and his ability to catch the football can cause nightmares for whomever is covering him. Give credit to Manning as well for giving Decker the opportunity to get more involved in the offense. Decker is slowly becoming a dark horse for the Broncos’ offense as they continue their way towards the ultimate goal.