New England Patriots are in desperate need of some production from their passing game. Tom Brady may have quelled some early season doubters with a stellar effort against the Cincinnati Bengals in a huge 43-17 win, but yet again, Brady had plenty of help from the rest of his team.
Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen combined for over 200 yards on the ground, as the Patriots dominated a once stout Cincinnati Bengals defense that had previously helped AFC North team to an unbeaten start.
Brady is a two-time NFL MVP and three-time Super Bowl winner and he held the record for most touchdowns in a league season until 2013, but this season he is in 23rd place amongst quarterbacks for passing yards per game. In five games this season, Brady has only managed six passing touchdowns, albeit with only two interceptions.
So how do the Patriots solve their passing problems? Well, simply put, they need to go big and trade for Larry Fitzgerald before the October 28th or the Pats' season could blow up in their face.
The Patriots need to do something sooner rather than later, and big Larry Fitzgerald could certainly be the answer to their problems.
Now we know that Fitzgerald has been a shadow of his former self this season. In four games this year, the powerful wideout has only managed 164 receiving yards for no touchdowns and one fumble. His highest receiving yards in one game stands at 57. Pretty poor statistics.
But there is a clear reason why Larry Fitzgerald hasn't got as much production in 2014 so far, and that's because of the problems the Arizona Cardinals have suffered at quarterback.
Carson Palmer went down injured early this season which forced Drew Stanton into action, and an injury to Stanton at the weekend meant Logan Thomas came in at QB1 for the rest of the game against the Denver Broncos.
All of these disruptions has meant less targets and consistent looks for Fitzgerald, but should the Patriots pick him up, big Larry would become their most targeted receiver.
Randy Moss comparison
Now many fans might think that Larry Fitzgerald is done at the age of 31 when you look at his current form, but experts said the same about Randy Moss when he was traded at the age of 30 to the Pats, and we all know how his first season with the Pats went as he broke record after record.
Just like Moss, Fitzgerald is far from done and could still have his best years in the NFL with the Pats should they be brave and make the deal.
Now a deal like that would require significant compensation for the Cardinals. Julian Edelman for one could act as some sort of bait, and the Pats now have plenty of draft picks to throw the Cards way after their Logan Mankins trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The sooner the Pats make a move the better off they will be. And with Fitzgerald on board, they could still make it deep in the playoffs. Without a move, they will be found out later on this season as the one dimensional offense they currently are.