A stretch relatively rare for Fitzgerald

Posted by Darren Urban on October 8, 2015 – 12:42 pm

It took a little while for Larry Fitzgerald to be targeted against the Rams last week, but it eventually happened, and by the end of the game, Fitz’s numbers looked good once again — seven catches for 99 yards. It wasn’t a great game, not after a drop of a quick pass and his fumble (which, after watching on replay, I’m not sure you do much besides tip your cap to Rams safety Rodney McLeod for a great play to force it loose.)

Fitzgerald now has 432 yards on 30 catches this season. It’s been a good stretch. And looking back on Fitz’s career, it’s been among the best stretches of his illustrious career.

In his 12-plus NFL seasons, Fitzgerald has averaged 100 yards over a four-game stretch only a handful of times. His best stretch ever came when it counted — the four-game postseason run in 2008, when he totaled an astonishing 546 yards on 30 catches against Atlanta, Carolina, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (and he also finished the regular season with 100-yard games against New England (away) and Seattle).

The rest of the list:

468 yards in 2011: Weeks 14-17, versus the 49ers, Browns, at Bengals and Seahawks.
450 yards in 2007: The numbers fit in a couple of four-game stretches on either end, but his best was Weeks 4-7, versus Steelers, at Rams, Panthers and at Redskins.
436 yards in 2008 (prior to the end of the season noted above.): Weeks 2-5, versus Dolphins, at Redskins, at Jets, Bills.
415 yards in 2005: Weeks 10-13, at Lions, at Rams, Jaguars and at 49ers.

It’s not a very long list. The point is Fitzgerald really has found a groove, a groove he hasn’t been in too many times before.


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7 Responses to “A stretch relatively rare for Fitzgerald”

  1. By Nick on Oct 8, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz in my book is definitely the best receiver in the league right now, he’s always making catches with some defenders in the area so it’s not that rare for him to get hit and drop the ball.

  2. By Cardinal's Chick on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    I love it that people were writing him off as old, and therefore expected to be less effective. The man just needs someone under center that can get him the ball! He has made some phenomenal catches. He and Campbell are my 2 favorite Card’s right now…

  3. By Rock on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Start the game off by throwing to Fitz – did not do that against the Rams.

  4. By TucsonTim on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz was open for an easy first down; 3rd and 4th down last week when our come back opportunity fizzled. Spreading the ball around is great but go the HOF receiver in crunch time. And yes, I know Brown and Johnson were open too, but the throws to Fitz would have been much higher percentage throws.

    Great to see 11 take center stage again!!!

  5. By Scott H on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    To all of the “experts” who claimed, with such confidence, that age had definitely caught up with Fitz and that his days as a 1000 yard WR were over? In yo’ face!

    In a season where there has been much to be happy about so far, nothing has made me happier than seeing Fitz revert to his old form – a form he NEVER lost.

    When Fitz has played like this in the past, we have enjoyed the best seasons this team has ever had. Hoping for more of the same.

  6. By Eazy E on Oct 9, 2015 | Reply

    Scott H-

    Exactly! Fitz never lost anything, but his QBs we’re the worst in the league and NO wide receiver can be successful with bad QBs consistently even FITZ!

  7. By clssylssy on Oct 10, 2015 | Reply

    Fitz is the most consistently dependable player we have and the fact that we didn’t use him optimally made a big difference in the outcome of the game. He’s never lost anything and the fact that we now have an abundance of young talent shouldn’t alter the fact that we need to use our best when facing an opponent we know will be tough and could change the course of our season. For all the talent these new receivers have they lack experience, that in a high pressure division game is critical. Whether you are a newbie fan who doesn’t really appreciate Fitz or an old timer, there is no arguing the fact that he knows more about these teams we will be facing than anyone because he’s played them before–plus he is playing at a very high level still and so is, in reality our most feared weapon. We were terrible last week and as a result we are now the underdog going into Detroit (which could be what we need to get our momentum going but nonetheless is a bitter pill). We have some really tough teams coming up and whether we rebound this week, is going to be VERY telling about whether we really are “the best Cardinal team ever” as Arians proclaimed.
    Hopefully, this week we will use the weapons we have wisely and not try to hot dog it!

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