For the second straight week, Broncos’ wide receiver Eric Decker came up big. In the team’s 37-31 Monday night win over the Raiders, Decker had eight catches (on eight targets) for 133 yards and a touchdown.
This comes after a career-high nine reception night last week against the Giants.
These bounce back games are a welcome to Decker and the Broncos after he struggled in the season opener with two receptions for 32 yards on seven targets, including a dropped pass in the end zone.
Decker now has four-career 100-yard games and his 133 yards was just three yards short of a career best.
Just because Decker performed well didn’t mean that the team’s other receivers were absent. Demaryius Thomas had 10 receptions for 94 yards, Wes Welker had seven catches for 84 yards and a score, and tight end Julius Thomas had a touchdown to go along with his 37 yards.
“Everybody talked about whether there’d be in-fighting and all that kind of stuff, who gets the ball and whatnot – we don’t have those types of guys,” John Fox said of his receivers. “All they care about is winning and how they can contribute.”
The Broncos are first in receiving by a long shot. Their 381.0 yards per game is nearly a 30 points more than the Green Bay Packers, who are second in receiving.
The Broncos’ 127 points through their first three games ties for the second-highest total in NFL history through a team’s first three games.