49ers Vs. Cardinals: Battling Quite The Wide Receiver Trio

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals is congratulated by teammates Jim Dray #81 and Early Doucet #85 after scoring a touchdown in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 13, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 21-17. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

People are quick to dog Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb, but in tomorrow's matchup he will have a very solid mix of weapons at his disposal. The 49ers defense will be looking to shut down running back Beanie Wells and will have their eyes on all-pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. However, it is easy to overlook Early Doucet and Andre Roberts.

While it is easy to focus on Fitzgerald, Doucet and Roberts have quietly put together very impressive seasons. From a pure numbers standpoint, Arizona has had the most productive wide receiver trio in the NFC West. The 49ers offense is not based around a high flying passing game, and they have dealt with the loss of Josh Morgan, but even still, Fitzgerald, Doucet and Roberts are quite solid.

In the first game between these two teams, that group compiled 142 yards and a Fitzgerald touchdown. They will not have Kolb throwing to them and that is an upgrade over Skelton. The 49ers have a slightly banged up secondary, but everybody is expected to play tomorrow. Carlos Rogers, Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver will have their hands full dealing with this trio.

All we really want is a win out of this game and the remaining games, but testing different units is always a plus. There has been plenty of discussion about how the offense needs to open things up and see what they can do. It will also be helpful to find new tests for other units as well. The secondary has been solid enough in helping secure victories, but with some potentially high-flying offenses to face in the playoffs, every challenge helps.

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