Eric Decker set a Denver Broncos record with his performance against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. His eight catches for 174 yards and four touchdowns were good enough to earn him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award earlier today.
Decker’s Player of the Week honors marks the sixth time during the 2013 NFL season that a Denver Bronco has earned the weekly award. Decker joins fellow wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and quarterback Peyton Manning, who has won twice, as Offensive Player of the Week winners. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was awarded defensive honors in Week 8 and kick returner Trindon Holliday was honored as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 2.
Decker was on the receiving end of four out of the five Peyton Manning touchdown passes in the Broncos 35-28 win. Decker and Manning connected for scores from 41, 37, and 15 yards away until his goal line fade early in the final quarter capped off his four-touchdown game.
Decker is the 36th player in NFL history to catch four touchdowns in a game and is the first Player to do so for the Denver Broncos. Only three players in NFL history, Jerry Rice, Kellen Winslow Sr. and Bob Shaw have more receiving touchdowns in a game with five.
Manning and rookie running back Montee Ball were nominated yesterday for FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. Along with his five touchdowns, Manning threw for 403 yards while Ball added 117 rushing yards of only 13 carries. Ball is also up for the Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week award for his first hundred-yard rushing game of his young career.