Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/23/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 45-14. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Serving as a guest conductor of the national anthem at the Phoenix Symphony's opening night Thursday, Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was running the show. Against the Eagles on Sunday, Fitzgerald was the show. The Cardinals' superstar wideout put on his latest record-breaking performance in the team's 27-6 win, once again proving himself the lynchpin of the Arizona offense. "We're improving as an offense," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're still a work in progress, but it's a lot better to get Larry more catches than one this week. That's a good place to be." Fitzgerald caught just one pass in a win over the Patriots last week and had totaled just 67 yards on five catches through the Cardinals' (3-0) first two games. On Sunday, he had topped those numbers by halftime. He went to the locker room with seven catches for 105 yards while the Cardinals sat on a comfortable 24-0 lead. He finished with nine receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. On his second catch of the game, a four-yard shovel pass from Kevin Kolb, Fitzgerald became the youngest player in NFL history -- at 29 years and 23 days -- to reach 700 career catches, topping Cowboys tight end Jason Witten by more than a year. "Jerry Rice had 1,400 catches, so I'm not even halfway," Fitzgerald said. "That kind of puts it in perspective for me. I have a long way to go." Fitzgerald also extended his franchise record for 100-yard receiving games to 33. It was also his third straight such game against the Eagles. Fitzgerald's ownership of the Eagles doesn't stop at 100-yard games. In five career contests against Philadelphia, Fitzgerald has tallied nine touchdowns, including at least one in each game. "That's just our coaching staff," Fitzgerald said when asked to explain his success against the Eagles. "Every single week there's new challenges. ... They continue to force-feed me new opportunities, so as a player, you really look forward to that, and you want to relish the opportunity when you get it." It might seem simple, but Fitzgerald's performance displayed the formula that makes the Cardinals' offense work: Get the ball to 'Fitz,' move the chains, score points. If the Cardinals can do that, they can win games. But it's not always that simple. John Skelton, the Cardinals' starting quarterback before spraining his ankle in Week 1, has struggled at times to connect with Fitzgerald. Kolb has struggled avoid turnovers. But on Sunday, Kolb and Fitzgerald were in sync, and the potential of an offense featuring Fitzgerald was on display; the future Hall of Famer can be the difference between moving the ball in chunks and grinding down the field bits and pieces at a time. "It opens up everything," Kolb said. "They start doubling (Fitzgerald), it opens things up for Andre (Roberts) and Early (Doucet) and the tight ends. We're going to move him around and try to get him the ball, but we have so many playmakers on this team, a lot of them people don't even know about." The only thing you could fault Fitzgerald for Sunday was a blocking penalty that negated a 79-yard gain by Roberts early in the third quarter. On another day, that might have been costly. Other than that, he was typically superb and predictably modest. "One catch, no catches -- as long as we get the win," Fitzgerald said. "I still feel pretty bad right now. I cost my closest friend on the team a (79)-yard play." With Sunday's win, the Cardinals are off to their first 3-0 start since 1974, thanks largely to a dominant defense but also to an offense finding its legs more and more each week. If they are to continue on this trajectory -- and perhaps match the '74 team's 7-0 start -- the offense must keep Fitzgerald involved prominently. But, of course, he can't do it alone. "This is exactly where I wanted to be in terms of the situation were in," Fitzgerald said. "This is new territory for everybody on this team. Nobody was born in '74. Its new for everybody, and we want to just keep rolling."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lonzo Ball's father says son is better than Curry right now

Report: Rams could have interest in Cousins if Goff flops

Report: Butler to Celtics talk will loom over All-Star week

Report: Carmelo expects to remain with Knicks

James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Pats expected to make good effort to keep Bennett

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Report: Kirk Cousins does not want to be with Redskins

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage says it’s ‘insulting’ to be compared to Mariano Rivera

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker