Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer Has Big Test Sunday
By Scott Allen
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer showing he fits Bruce Arians offensive system just fine
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has gotten off to a great start to the season, starting where he left off in 2013. So far this season he has eight touchdowns and just one interception. He has thrown for 1,136 yards in his four starts this season.
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Those are amazing stats considering what kept him out of action for three weeks. ESPN’s Ron Jaworski this week said Palmer was playing the best football of his career. Right now, it is hard to argue the point but there is a lot of football yet to be played, including Sunday’s huge game at the Dallas Cowboys.
He is 4-0 in his 2014 starts. He finished last season 7-2 in his last nine starts. After what happened to his shoulder in the opener against the San Diego Chargers, the Cards and even Palmer himself had no clue how long he’d be out of action. The injury recovery was so unknown they said he could be out a week or a month. Luckily he missed just three games in part thanks to the bye week.
He returned October 12th against the Washington Redskins and although he wasn’t completely sharp or looked the best he had, he still looked great. His shoulder at that point was about 85 percent. His shoulder is now at 100 percent.
Last week against the Philadelphia Eagles he hit just 20-42 but he had 329 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 80-yard touchdown to receiver Larry Fitzgerald which was more run but he threw it in a perfect spot for Fitz to split receivers. He had a fantastic 75-yard pass in the fourth quarter to receiver John Brown. It was great timing. The pas appeared to be overthrown at first but he knew where the speed of Brown would be by the time he caught up to it. That was clearly a play that had been practiced.
Now Palmer has his biggest road test of the season to date. He doesn’t need to be perfect and if he completes just about 50 percent of his passes again, that’s fine as long as he is putting his team in position to win. He’s doing that each and every week and that’s all that matters. The Cowboys are 15th in total passing defense in the NFL, giving up 237.4 yards per game. Right in the middle of the pack. So, Palmer has a decent chance to expose their defensive backfield. We’ll see how it plays out.