The Atlanta Falcons will have their hands full against the Cardinals. It sure wouldn't hurt if they didn't have to deal with Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald didn't play last week, and he may not play against the Falcons. But if you ask Fitzgerald, he thinks he's good to go.
"I'm highly likely, but it's not my call, though," Fitzgerald told the Arizona Republic when asked to assess his availability.
Highly likely, eh? That doesn't sound like a man that's not expecting to play.
With Fitzgerald, we're not just talking about a decoy. Notwithstanding his surface numbers (only 2 touchdowns and 658 receiving yards), his overall PFF rating is 5.9, 17th in the league. What does that mean? It means he's coming up big when needed; he's been clutch. Of note is Fitzgerald's recent resurgence, logging positive ratings in 5 of his last 6 games. The first 5 games of his 2014 campaign, by contrast, we're a decidedly mixed bag. In those 5 games, he was showing his age.
In short, it sounds like the Cardinals will have one of their primary offensive threats on the field Sunday. Crap.