The Arizona Cardinals lost 35-23 to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon
The last time I looked the NFL still plays a 16-game schedule. Yet there are people already admitting to getting ready to dump their season tickets.
One of the big reasons? Quarterback Carson Palmer and his horrible day. Yes, he had a bad day, a really bad one.
Is there something wrong with Palmer? Maybe. Head coach Bruce Arians even said himself Palmer had a bad day. The interceptions, all three of them, were his fault.
So whatever mis-communication there was on his picks was his fault, not the receivers. It certainly looked that way from here.
That being said, not sure why people are ready to give up on him and the rest of the team just yet? There are still 15 more games to go. Remember the slow start Palmer got off to last season? he had a great second-half of the season.
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Three interceptions along with just one touchdown pass never looks good on the stat sheet. Palmer went 27-48 for 269-yards. After the run game was shut down early and David Johnson went out in the second half, the Cardinals were forced to go pass.
Wait for a few more games before you start hitting the panic button. First of all, Palmer isn’t going anywhere. The only way Drew Stanton gets into a game is if Palmer is hurt or a game gets away early. Neither happened Sunday.
The only way Blaine Gabbert comes in and there were people asking for him on Sunday, is if Stanton goes down. Gabbert was inactive on Sunday, he couldn’t have played.
Also remember that the preseason is a completely different beast. What you saw from Gabbert was him playing vanilla defenses.
Let’s also give some credit to Detroit’s defense. They really wore down the Cardinals offensive line and the line also lost left tackle D.J. Humphries early.
For now, there will be judgment deferred on Palmer. Let’s see how he bounces back the next couple of weeks.