Eric Decker Jessie James: Denver Broncos Hope WR Can Excite Crowd Like His WAG

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterNovember 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Eric Decker #87 of the Denver Broncos returns punt in the first half against the New York Jets at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Jessie James is undoubtedly a more popular public figure than her boyfriend, Eric Decker. After all, she's a stunning young star who's rising rapidly through the world of country music while he's a no-name wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, who don't throw the ball much now that Tim Tebow is under center.

James performed for the Denver faithful at halftime of the Broncos game against the New York Jets on Thursday night, just after her hubby went into the locker room with no catches and an incomplete pass on a failed trick play in the first half.

If you're of the belief that crowd noise and home-field advantage actually matter in the NFL today, then you could argue, to some extent, that James has had more of an impact on the game than Decker and, depending on how the game plays out, will finish up having made about as much of a difference on the stat sheet as the singing starlet with whom he shares his heart.

Touching, I know, though not exactly if you're John Elway and Broncos management. They're in the business of winning football games, with halftime entertainment serving only to make the ever-deteriorating fan experience more bearable for those who brave the cold weather, obnoxious traffic and pricey concessions to see their beloved Broncos stink it up against Gang Green.

Not that Denver really needs Decker to have a big day to be successful, not with the way they've managed to move the ball down the field without throwing it since Tebow took over under center.

Then again, certainly Elway wouldn't mind seeing "his" quarterback complete a pass or two downfield, perhaps even if it's to the detriment of the team's productivity on the field.

Decker has somehow had little trouble getting open, yet Tebow still can't seem to get the ball to him in time—not good for the wide receiver's standing on the team, if not in his own relationship.

Advantage Jessie James.

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