New Orleans Saints Must Stop Larry Fitzgerald to be Victorious in Week 3

By Michael Terrill
New Orleans Saints Must Stop Larry Fitzgerald to be Victorious in Week 3
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The New Orleans Saints have done a terrific job defending the pass in their first two games, which is saying something considering they faced the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. With that being said, the defense must make stopping Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald a top priority on Sunday.

Fitzgerald has not been the most productive receiver for the Cardinals in their first two games. That honor goes to Andre Roberts. However, the fact that Fitzgerald has not been as productive as he could be is more reason for the Saints to stay on him like a hawk. It is just a matter of time until he has one of his monster games. Quarterback Carson Palmer is still learning the offense, but that does not mean that he will not find an open Fitzgerald.

New Orleans has held opponents to 196 passing yards per game, which is good for eighth in the league. The defense was very impressive against the Falcons as they kept Roddy White to just two receptions for 19 yards. Julio Jones did have a big game in which he hauled in seven catches for 76 yards. However, Jones is someone that is capable of going over 100 yards receiving more times than not.

The problem the Saints faced against the Falcons is the same issue they will have against the Cardinals. There are simply too many talented receivers on the field at once. Fitzgerald is obviously the big name that terrifies every opposing defense. He is a game changer, someone that could single-handedly give New Orleans their first loss of the season. However, the Saints will also have to worry about Michael Floyd and Roberts.

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