Arizona Cardinals: Fitz again shows his value
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald had another big day on Sunday in a career full of them
Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was one excited man when he found out that running back Adrian Peterson was being traded to the team. Matching Peterson’s adrenaline to start Sunday’s game, Fitz had himself a big day as well.
While Peterson was putting up the best rushing day for the Cardinals this season, Fitz went ahead and did the same on the receiving end of things. Fitz caught 10 passes for 138-yards and a touchdown in the 38-33 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fitz had already had a day by halftime. He caught eight passes for 128-yards and the touchdown in the first half alone.
As the Cardinals took their foot off the gas a bit in the second half, Fitz’s production slowed down. Still it was a day many wish they could have themselves.
Fitz did have the one fumble but it was questionable at that. Replay’s showed his elbow may have hit the ground first. Either way, the fumble and the ensuing returned touchdown both stood.
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He found himself open early quite a bit. On one reception he even appeared surprised himself just how open he was as he couldn’t decide which direction to go.
Fitz was a big part of quarterback Carson Palmer going 14-14 to start the game. Last week it took awhile for him to continue his consecutive games reception streak at 200. On Sunday, it took all of two plays into the game to get to 201.
Each week he just cements that election into the Hall of Fame more. At 34 he is playing like he did when he was drafted at the age of 20.
The Cardinals will need Fitz to continue to produce at this level consistently in order to continue to put up wins. You can thank a rejuvenated running game for that.
Fitz won’t have a day like he had against the Bucs everyday but as long as Palmer continues to target him the possibility will always be there. If this is indeed his last season, Fitz sure isn’t playing like a guy ready to retire.