Fitzgerald caught nine passes for 70 yards on 14 targets in Sunday's 6-6 tie with the Seahawks. Fitzgerald led a depleted Arizona receiving corps, with John Brown (leg) inactive and Jaron Brown (knee) forced out after aggravating a pre-existing injury. The 33-year-old caught eight of nine targets for 51 yards in regulation, and then added a 19-yard gain on a last-ditch drive in the closing seconds of overtime. While he's yet to top 81 yards in any one contest this season, Fitzgerald has caught five or more passes every week, putting him on pace to top 100 receptions for the second year in a row. He'll take aim at a struggling Carolina secondary in Week 8.
Fitzgerald finished with six catches (on nine targets) for 49 yards in Monday night's win over the Jets. Fitzgerald once again led the Cardinals in targets Monday night, when he also committed a rare drop during the first half. Although that came on an underneath pass in traffic, Fitzgerald still maintained his streak of catching at least five passes in all six of Arizona's games this season. In fact, his 37 grabs to date rank sixth in the league thus far. While Fitzgerald's 49 yards Monday marked a season-low in the category, he's still a highly-reliable receiving option and should be of great importance in Sunday night's showdown with the Seahawks.
Fitzgerald secured six of eight targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 33-21 victory over the 49ers. Typically, a 33-year-old receiver playing on four days rest isn't exactly poised for a standout performance, but Fitzgerald demonstrated why he's no ordinary 13-year veteran with his performance. Serving as an effective security blanket for backup QB Drew Stanton throughout the night, Fitzgerald led the team in targets while hauling in touchdown passes from 21 and 29 yards out in the second half. The future of Hall of Famer is thriving in what he has already announced will be his final season, with at least five receptions, 60 yards and seven targets in each of his first five games, along with five total touchdowns.
Fitzgerald grabbed five of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams. He rushed for one yard one carry. Sunday's loss snapped Fitzgerald's double-digit target streak at three. The Cardinals' offense has been off-kilter since Week 2's 40-point explosion against Tampa Bay, scoring just 31 points in the last two games combined. The offense, particularly the passing game, could be in store for more trouble if Carson Palmer misses anytime after sustaining a blow to the head. In his last three games playing with Drew Stanton as the starter, Fitzgerald has amassed just 97 total receiving yards.
Fitzgerald had seven receptions (on a team-high 12 targets) for 60 yards during Sunday's 33-18 loss in Buffalo. The target count exceeds Fitzgerald's previous season high -- 10 in both of the first two games -- but he posted a campaign-worst in yards and didn't reach the end zone, after three combined touchdowns entering Sunday's outing. Like the rest of the Cardinals' receivers, chemistry with quarterback Carson Palmer was less than stellar, as the first five drives doubled as three-and-outs and the final four were dashed with Palmer interceptions. The faux pas aside, Fitzgerald will continue to be a favorite of Palmer in any situation, with double-digit looks still the weekly norm in the wideout's 13 NFL season.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||23||25.14|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||21||25.00|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||19||24.86|
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|3 Year Avg||128||85||984||7||51||11.58||140|