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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