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QB Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

6-5, 230Born: 12-27-1979College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): You know Palmer's arm strength is back when he can connect on a deep ball to win the game instead of Bruce Arians settling for a shorter pass to convert a third down on his own side of the field. Palmer has a lethal trio of receivers and an excellent receiving back to boot. He's a borderline QB1 going forward, and certainly a viable starter for winning fantasy teams.

Week 9: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Carson Palmer continued his string of solid outings against the Eagles last Sunday, throwing 20/42 for 329 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with zero sacks taken. He's thrown for at least 250 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games, making Palmer a model of consistency at the half-way point of the season. During that three week span, Andre Ellington (24 targets for 15/112/0 receiving) has been Palmer's top target, while Larry Fitzgerald (21 for 17/279/2) and John Brown (21 for 11/203/1) have both drawn 21 targets. Michael Floyd is the #3 of late, with 14 targets for 7/94/2 over the last three weeks, but had zero catches out of four chances last week. Brown may be taking over the starting role across from Fitzgerald here during the second half of the season. The Dallas pass D surrendered 25/30 for 286 yards, zero TDs and one interception to Colt McCoy on Sunday, while sacking him three times for -13 yards. Two games back, Eli Manning wasn't sacked at all and he threw 21/33 for 248 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas. Though Dallas has been generally winning contests, their pass D has been lax over the past few games. To date, Dallas averages 237.4 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions (tied-seventh in the NFL) and 10 sacks (tied-26th) generated. Palmer is coming on in this phase of the game, while the Cowboys are sub-par-to-mediocre at best. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 vs WAS 28 44 250 2 0 1 -3 0 0
7 at OAK 22 31 253 2 1 0 0 0 0
8 vs PHI 20 42 329 2 0 0 0 0 0
9 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 21 35 * * * 2 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 22 37 * * * 2 * * *
9 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 21 32 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (28 / 44 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

With injuries continuing to decimate the Cardinals defense, stability on the offensive side of the ball was imperative, and the return of Carson Palmer provided just that. After having missed 4 straight weeks and only really seeing his first significant practice snaps on Friday, Palmer exceeded expectations in his return. The Cardinals opened the game with the same play action Tight End crossing route they began their week two game against the Giants with, giving Palmer a quickly defined read and easy throw to establish an early rhythm. While there were misreads and errant throws, not to mention a dropped red-zone interception, by and large Palmer did what he does best; work through his progressions, spread the ball around and pick up chunk yardage. The offensive line had some issues with both protection and penalties this week and its possible the shuffling of Quarterbacks, and their various cadence, rhythms and pocket movement hurt the unit up front a bit, but many of those penalties were either drive killers, or turned touchdowns into field goals in the red-zone, contributing to The Cardinals continued red-zone issues this season. Those will have to get cleaned up for The Cardinals to stay atop the NFC West. Palmer cautioned after the game that he "is not out of the woods yet," so his shoulder health will be something to continue to monitor, but in his limited time this season, Palmer has been downright excellent.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (22 / 31 / 253 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

In truth Palmer put together a better box score than game performance on Sunday, but was still able to do enough well to lead his team to victory. While Palmer again spread the ball around nicely throughout the offense, something he's been praised for in his limited playing time this season, there was a clear overreliance on Andre Ellington and the short-passing game. Ellington's 9 targets represented one more than Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for. That is not Bruce Arians offense. The Cardinals' interception-free streak also came to an end Sunday, with Palmer overthrowing a wide-open John Carlson on an easy seam-route. Palmer's touchdown throw to Michael Floyd, however, featured an excellent read and perfect execution. Arizona lined up in a 4-WR set, with 3 to the left and 1 wide to the right. With Floyd on the outside of the 3-receiver set, Palmer watched as the safety slowly moved towards center field, leaving single-coverage on the outside. John Brown's intermediate route held the safety just long enough for Palmer to throw one up and let Michael Floyd do the rest. Perfect read and great execution from both Palmer and Floyd. There are positive signs for this offense to be sure; that was the run-game's best effort all season and Palmer continues to play well against pressure, but the schedule now gets immeasurably more difficult and the offense must begin clicking with much more consistency if they want to keep their spot atop the NFC West.

2014 Week 8 vs PHI (20 / 42 / 329 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Palmer's day on Sunday was defined by the big play. Even before the two second-half touchdown throws, Palmer completed passes of 25 and 30 yards to John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald respectively. Those big plays were necessary and made Palmer-and by extension the offense as a whole- appear much better than they actually played. Those four throws out of Palmer's 42 total passing attempts amassed 200 of his 329 total yards. What happened in between those 4 plays was decidedly less pretty and showed an offense that seemed completely out of sync. Coach Arians was quick to take much of the blame, admitting they were not prepared for many of the looks the Eagles showed. This left the offense in a lot of undesirable down-and-distances making it difficult to sustain drives. But it was the big plays that mattered most in this game, and none was bigger than Palmer's incredible game-winning touchdown throw to John Brown late in the 4th quarter. Facing a 3rd and 5 on their own 25-yard line, the Cardinals lined up in a 4-reciever, 1-tight end set with Palmer in the shotgun. On both sides the receivers were in a bunched set with John Brown as the top man to Palmer's left. The play is called "match" and after watching John Brown's acceleration, one can likely guess why. Immediately reading the favorable coverage with a safety lined up on Brown, Palmer signaled to his rookie receiver before snapping the ball. With Brown's man biting on his double-move, Brown easily blew past both defenders in his area as Palmer stepped up in the pocket and laid out a gorgeous ball for Brown to run under. The ball landed right in his "bread basket" as Brown referred to it in his postgame quotes, and he was able to just barely cross the goal line before being taken down.


Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer close to 100% (Tue Oct 21, 09:59 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is 'real close' to 100% percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: That's good news for the Cardinals. The team just operates better when Palmer is under center. Guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd are better fantasy plays when Palmer is starting.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer expected to play (Fri Oct 17, 05:26 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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