Seattle Seahawks Must Contain Larry Fitzgerald

By Todd Pheifer
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The Seattle Seahawks will have an interesting matchup when they face the Arizona Cardinals after a very short week of practice. Going on the road is always a challenge in the NFL, particularly when playing against divisional foes. When the Cardinals are on offense, the Seahawks will need to contain one player in particular: the always-dangerous Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is coming off his best game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. In that game, Fitzgerald pulled in six balls for 117 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on a 75-yard pass from Carson Palmer. Will Fitzgerald be a force against the Seahawks? Not if Richard Sherman has anything to say about it.

When Sherman has covered Fitzgerald over the last three games, Fitzgerald has caught five balls for 87 yards. More importantly, Sherman has not allowed the talented receiver to find the end zone. If Sherman can keep Fitzgerald out of the end zone, it will be a big step towards a Seattle victory.

Who knows? Maybe the 25-year-old Sherman can completely shut down the 30-year-old Fitzgerald. Both players are 6-foot-3 tall, and it will be interesting to see if the physical corner can keep the cagey veteran receiver from getting open down the field.

There will be other important defensive assignments, and Sherman may not even be matched up against Fitzgerald at some points of the game. However, Sherman loves a challenge, so chances are that he will be lining up fairly often against no. 11. If Sherman can neutralize Fitzgerald, it could be a good night for the Seahawks.

Todd Pheifer covers the Seattle Seahawks for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @tpheifer, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google+.

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