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Although it's been a disappointing season statistically for Larry Fitzgerald, on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals receiver proved he is still one of the best receivers in the league. The veteran hauled in eight catches for 111 yards in a 28-13 loss to the Bears.
It's been a disappointing season for Cardinals superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, but for at least one game on Sunday, he looked his old self. Against Chicago, Fitzgerald was targeted 12 times, making eight catches for 111 yards. Six of those catches were against the Bears' Charles Tillman, one of the top cover corners in the league.
It was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Fitzgerald, that has seen him catch just 69 balls for 785 yards. Fitzgerald is coming off five straight seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving.
Despite his struggles, all the blame can't be placed solely on Fitzgerald.
Arizona has had some of the worst quarterback play in the NFL in 2012, and this past Sunday saw the fourth different signal-caller take a snap for the Cardinals. Brian Hoyer replaced Ryan Lindley in the loss to the Bears, and the two have combined with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton to form the 28th-worst passing offense in the NFL. The result has been a disappointing 5-10 season, with all 10 of those losses coming in the last 11 games.
The Cardinals will wrap up their 2012 campaign on Sunday, when they visit division-leading San Francisco for a 1:25 PST kickoff.