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CHIEFS Broncos' Eric Decker burns Chiefs’ Marcus Cooper with four-TD day

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 8:43 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at 11:32 a.m.

For the second Sunday in three weeks, the Denver Broncos picked on Chiefs cornerback Marcus Cooper.

This time, their strategy to throw at the lanky rookie early and often helped set the table for a four-touchdown day by Broncos receiver Eric Decker.

But after the Broncos' 35-28 win at Arrowhead Stadium, Decker was careful not to denigrate Cooper or his effort. Decker had eight catches on 12 targets -- both team highs -- and finished with 174 yards receiving, including 103 before halftime.

"Watching film, I think he's a good player," Decker said. "He might be young, but he's got a lot of potential, and he's tough. He's tall, he's long and he can run."

Instead, Decker praised the play of Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who tied a career-best against the Chiefs with five touchdowns.

"When you get opportunities to go one-on-one, when you've got (No.) 18 on your side throwing the football," Decker said, "it makes it greater just to get open to get the opportunity to make plays."

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