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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 Sep 26): Palmer was flustered all day by a Bills pass defense that Ryan Fitzpatrick took apart in Week 2. The downfield passing game is not getting into focus and it's fair to wonder if Palmer's one good game this year was more a production of the weak Bucs pass defense than a return to form by the veteran. The schedule is not great going forward, starting with the potentially fierce Rams pass defense this week.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs NE 61 24 37 271 2 0 2 1 0 0 20.65
2 vs TB 54 17 30 304 3 0 0 0 0 0 27.2
3 at BUF 82 26 50 287 0 4 0 0 0 0 8.35
4 vs LA PROJ-Dodds * 23 36 * * * 1 * * * *
4 vs LA PROJ-Tremblay * 21 36 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs BUF (26 / 50 / 287 / 0 / 4 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

When an offense performs as poorly as Arizona's did on Sunday, it is natural to point the finger at the Quarterback. It is much easier to do when the final four offensive drives all end in interceptions. As much as Palmer deserves to shoulder his share of the blame, Sunday's performance comprised of failures at nearly every level. Between the bad blocking, miscommunication with receivers, and dropped passes, little was done around Palmer that helped. One problem that oddly plagued Palmer all afternoon were underthrown passes. When Palmer's accuracy wanes, it typically manifests itself into overthrows because of sloppy footwork. Today, Palmer consistently underthrew receivers. Some passes downright failed to reach their target, in other instances what should have been easily catchable balls were instead contested. The Cardinals returned an offense with every skill position player from last year's record setting team, and yet through three games do not appear to be on the same page at all. Until these miscues in communication cease, the Cardinals offensive struggles likely will continue.

2016 Week 2 vs TB (17 / 30 / 304 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Coming back from the week one hiccup, Palmer and the Cardinals offense looked much more like the one we grew accustom to in the 2015-16 season. The offense moved smoothly up and down the field, the play calling was balanced, and unlike last week, Palmer seemed much more in sync with his skill position players. Arguably, the most illustrative box-score statistic in comparing Palmer's week one and two performance was his yards per attempt. An imperfect measurement to be sure, but Palmer and the Cardinals offense rely on the deep ball and chunk-play more than most, and this week's 9.9 yards per attempt were a significant improvement over the 7.2 yards in week one. There are things that can be nitpicked; Palmer's sub-60 completion percentage or the near-interception in the end zone (albeit due to an incorrectly run route from David Johnson,) but that would be reaching for faults. On Sunday Palmer was making the right reads, throwing darts, and leading his team to a much needed, ship-righting victory on Sunday.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (24 / 37 / 271 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

In his first real game back from last season's disastrous NFC Championship game, Palmer played well, but the offense as a whole never found a rhythm. Credit must be given to the Patriots whose game plan clearly focused on taking away John Brown and the deep ball, forcing everything underneath. Palmer's 7.2 yards per attempt help illustrate this point. Beyond that however, there was no predominant issue. Pressures, drops, penalties, and miscommunications all popped up at times, but were never persistent. Expectations for the Cardinals offense are high coming off a record setting season, and this may simply be the case of playing a quality opponent, but still, something seemed discordant. There were some positives in the effort, to be sure. Palmer displayed his usual ability to spread the ball around, targeting eight different receivers, and his timing with both Fitzgerald and Floyd looked spot on for all 60 minutes. Palmer flirted with a few turnovers, but looked well in command of his accuracy and decision making, a small bit of relief for fans wondering how he would respond to the NFC Championship meltdown. Analysis tends to ask for strong statements, but Sunday night Palmer was just simply OK. That may not be enough to take the Cardinals to the heights they are striving for, but efforts like last night's won't be what costs the Cardinals games going forward this season.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer struggles in Week 3 (Sun Sep 25, 04:58 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer went 26-for-50 for 287 yards and four interceptions against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.

Our View: Palmer was a disaster as the running game failed to put him in good down and distances and the receivers couldn't get open downfield. Worries about his game degrading from the preseason aren't going away after this performance against a Bills defense that Ryan Fitzpatrick dismantled ten days ago. Los Angeles and their sometimes strong defense comes to town next week in a game that will test our ability to trust him in our lineups.
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Schedule

4vs Los Angeles Rams
5@ San Francisco 49ers
6vs New York Jets
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ Carolina Panthers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs San Francisco 49ers
11@ Minnesota Vikings
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13vs Washington Redskins
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs New Orleans Saints
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams