Eric Decker: Denver Broncos MVP After Peyton Manning

Sarah MarshallContributor INovember 5, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 04:  Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos is upended by Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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We all know Peyton Manning is the Broncos MVP this season, but who is right behind him in MVP status? Someone the Broncos can rely on week in and week out. An offensive threat who Manning can rely on to make big plays. 

While Demaryius Thomas has more catches from Manning than anyone else on the roster, Eric Decker is emerging as Manning's favorite receiver.

Decker has been targeted 70 times so far this season and has scored seven touchdowns.

While Decker has made some humorous mistakes, like tripping over the 40-yard-line in the game against the Chargers, he's also made some amazing catches in the end zone. 

A lot of these MVP statistics and characteristics come from the chemistry he has formed with Manning. Decker and Manning were inseparable from the moment Manning arrived. Manning and Decker worked out together outside of practice and did things around Denver, such as catching a Rockies game.

This chemistry off the field has translated to chemistry on the field.

Through eight games, Decker has 46 receptions for 583 yards and seven touchdowns. He has one less touchdown halfway through the season than he did the entire 2011 season under Tim Tebow.  

Decker had one of his best games of the season on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

He had two touchdowns, extending his touchdown streak to five straight games. Decker had a 13-yard scoring run in the second quarter and scored his second touchdown on a short four-yard pass. He finished the game with 11 targets, gaining a team-high 99 yards and two touchdowns.

The combination of Manning's composure, his trust in Decker and Decker's offensive explosion led the Broncos from behind to a 31-23 victory. 

With half the 2012 season in the record books, it looks like Eric Decker is Manning's go-to receiver as well as deserving of MVP behind the starting quarterback. The rest of the season will be fun and interesting to see the chemistry between Manning and Decker grow as well as Decker's stock as a top receiver.