Arizona Cardinals: Need huge day from Palmer vs Eagles

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Carson Palmer
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Carson Palmer /

The Arizona Cardinals are back east to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday

No excuses.  Forget that the Arizona Cardinals are in the Eastern time zone.  That won’t fly as an excuse.  Carson Palmer needs to have a good day in order for the Cardinals to have a chance to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cardinals have been in Philadelphia since Friday evening.  They’ve gotten two full nights of sleep.

Palmer was the reason the Cardinals stayed in last week’s game, an overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He took a beating.

For four weeks Palmer has taken a beating, especially over the last two weeks.  He was sacked six times against the Dallas Cowboys and 49ers.

The thought of going against the Eagles defense in Philadelphia is enough to make one shudder about what could happen to Palmer.  The Eagles will be missing defensive tackle Fletcher Cox however.

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Will his absence make a difference?  With the way the Cardinals offensive line has played and how it shapes up with personnel on Sunday, likely not.

Palmer will need to step up in the pocket when he gets a couple of seconds.  By a couple of seconds that is meant to say just two seconds.  The offensive line has rarely given him more time recently.

Palmer has the second-most passing yards in the NFL with 1,282.  A lot of that has been due to the absence of a running game.  Don’t look for much of an improvement from the running game on Sunday.  So, enter Palmer and the passing game.

Palmer has thrown just two interceptions since throwing three in the season opener in week one at the Detroit Lions.  Still, the offense has left plenty of points on the field.

Palmer has been sacked 17 times this season.  With a 35 percent chance of rain in Philadelphia during the game, there’s not much hope he’ll be able to stay upright given the chance for a sloppy surface on top of everything else.

All we can do is hope for the best.  Pray for Carson Palmer on Sunday.