3 pitfalls Chargers must avoid in Week 12 vs. Cardinals

By Travis Wakeman
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a one handed catch out of bounds against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 18-17. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a one handed catch out of bounds against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 8, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 18-17. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at State Farm Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after catching a touchdown pass during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at State Farm Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Larry Fitzgerald isn’t “too old”

Larry Fitzgerald is aging, yes, but he’s still a great wide receiver and the fact that he is an experienced, crafty veteran still capable of making plays is exactly what a guy like Rosen needs on the road.

We all know that StubHub Center isn’t exactly a tough road environnment either, for that matter, and there will likely be plenty of Cardinals fans in attendance.

Despite being 35 years old and in his 15th NFL season, Fitzgerald still leads the team in receptions (42), touchdown receptions (4) and targets (69). The fact that he has been targeted 15 more titmes than any other player on the team shows that Rosen is going to lean on him in the passing game.

And he should. Fitzgerald is one of the best receivers to step on a football field and though he may not be as fast as he once was and he may not be as athletically gifted as he once was, but he can still find the soft spot in a defense and get open. With the ball in his hands, he can still rack up yards after the catch.

Between Johnson and Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have two players that can help guide Rosen through the game. If the Chargers aren’t focused on making other guys beat them, this 2-8 team becomes one more than capable of pulling off the upset.

Rather than looking at this game as one they have in the bag, the Chargers need to soundly defeat the Cardinals. A loss could send them into a complete tailspin with games against the Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs still on the docket.

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