Larry Fitzgerald Continues Habit Of Torching Philadelphia Eagles

Posted: Oct 28 2014, 2:07am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Larry Fitzgerald Continues Habit of Torching Philadelphia Eagles
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  • Larry Fitzgerald continues to play well against the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • He caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown on Oct. 26.
  • Fitzgerald says he hasn't "lost anything" and can still compete.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in the Arizona Cardinals' 24-20 Week 8 win over the visiting Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 26. He continues to torch the Eagles, against whom he has caught for 40 catches for 642 yards and 10 touchdowns during his career.

As usual, Larry Fitzgerald is at his best against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Arizona Cardinals wide receiver put to rest any doubts about him when he caught seven catches for 160 yards and a touchdown during his team's 24-20 Week 8 win over the visiting Eagles -- a team which he habitually plays well against -- on Oct. 26, per Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official website:

"During his prime, Larry Fitzgerald made life miserable for many opposing defenses, but none more than the Eagles.

"In five games leading up to Sunday, the Cardinals' star wide receiver amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and 10 scores against Philadelphia, an unmatched run of success against any one team.

"Despite those staggering numbers, Fitzgerald was cautious in an interview earlier this week, saying 'that was then, this is now.' As Fitzgerald streaked down the field for an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter, it was hard to tell the difference between his present-day self and that mid-twenties superstar, the 'champagne problems' of getting more touches a non-factor.

"Fitzgerald ended up with another banner day against Philadelphia, finishing with seven catches for a team-high 160 yards, highlighted by the long score on a catch-and-run slant in which two Eagles defenders couldn't catch up.

"'Michael (Bidwill) blessed us this year with a new Jumbotron, so it's a lot bigger, and it's HD, so I utilized that,' Fitzgerald said. 'Thank you, boss. I appreciate the Jumbotron. It was nice and clear, so I was able to see where the guys were behind me and not look back.'

"The big day came within 12 yards of matching Fitzgerald's career-high for receiving yards in a game, set in 2006 against the Vikings. It was the highest yardage output since 2007 and the 80-yard touchdown catch was the longest of his career.

"The score gave the Cardinals a 14-7 lead during a time when the offense was having trouble moving the ball, and Fitzgerald remained a big part of the offense throughout, finishing tied with John Brown for a team-high 10 targets.

"Despite talk of his demise, Fitzgerald leads the Cardinals in receptions (30), yards (443) and targets (49) while adding a pair of touchdowns. And he showed on the touchdown that his speed isn't gone, either.

"'I haven't lost anything,' Fitzgerald said. 'That's all I'm saying.'"

After the Week 8 victory over the Eagles, ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss says the team's passing game is lethal with the receiving duo of Fitzgerald and John Brown teaming up with Carson Palmer at quarterback:

"Fitzgerald and Brown showed how dynamic Arizona's passing game can be with Palmer leading it. After Fitzgerald's touchdown, Palmer, who threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns on 20-for-42 passing saw the Eagles start keying on the Pro Bowl receiver more often, which, in the end, may have helped give Brown the opportunity he needed.

"On third-and-5 from the Arizona 25 with 1:13 left and the Cardinals trailing by three, Palmer saw the coverage he wanted and gave a signal to Brown. He faked an in route, made a double move and and took over. As soon as he saw the defensive back flat-footed, Brown said he knew he had him beat. After splitting Philadelphia's Cary Williams and Nate Allen, Brown initially thought Palmer overthrew him, but Palmer had seen Brown's extra gear before and and knew the rookie would catch up to it.

"'We're a pretty well-built offense,' Palmer said. 'I think we have a lot of things you can't key on. There are a lot of guys you have to worry about. Obviously, Larry is going to get a lot of that key from a defense that is going to be very keen on where he is in a formation because his motions and adjustments are right before the snap.'

Brown's touchdown capped his first career 100-yard game. He finished with 119 yards on five catches.

"'He's had that opportunity for that catch twice and didn't quite make it,' coach Bruce Arians said. 'Now, it's more time at practice.'

"'It was a great throw, but again, it was a great, great catch of him adjusting to a Willie Mays catch over his shoulder.'"

Fitzgerald has caught for 11,810 yards and 89 touchdowns on 876 receptions in 163 career regular-season games with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN stats.

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