Chicago Bears must game plan for these 4 Arizona Cardinals

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Larry Fitzgerald

One of the areas the Bears struggled in last week was defending the middle of the field. Particularly, it was rookie Roquan Smith who struggled in coverage. Smith allowed five catches for 52 yards on six targets against the Seahawks.

Cardinals wideout and all-time great Larry Fitzgerald is mostly a slot receiver, which means he’ll play in the middle of the field a lot. Smith is going to find himself near Fitzgerald on several occasions, especially because Bradford rarely goes deep.

Fitzgerald has also had somewhat of a slow start to the year, like the Cardinals’ offense as a whole, and I’m sure he’s going to be featured plenty in order to kickstart this group. If head coach Steve Wilks is smart (he’s an NFL head coach, let’s assume he is) he will find ways to get Fitzgerald the ball early and often.

Still as crafty as ever, Fitzgerald has some of the best hands of any receiver to ever play the game. If he were to every line up on the outside Sunday, hopefully both Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara play physical enough to contain him. If they lay off whatsoever, Fitzgerald will make them pay. The game plan has to feature a lot of shutting down the greatest receiver in Cardinals history.