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Author: Jon Kuzma
Carson Palmer had an outstanding year for the Arizona Cardinals. The 13th year quarterback threw for 35 touchdowns and 4,671 yards accumulating a passer rating of 104.6. Palmer has came a long way from the time he decided to sit out the season in Cincinnati. After slowly getting back into stride with the Raiders, Palmer really resurrected his career when he got to Arizona. Palmer was the perfect fit in Bruce Arians system. Which gives Palmer support by relying on a steady run game and tremendous defense. That is why we seen Palmers touchdown production jump to 35 touchdowns passes after being injured just a year before. When you factor in that Palmer is the perfect pro quarterback as well that is really what pays dividends for his game. Standing at 6’5 Palmer has the height to see over the line and make all of the throws. He isn’t fast or mobile like the opposing quarterback he will face this weekend (Cam Newton). Yet Palmer has arguably a better arm than Cam. All Palmer has to do is read the defense, take the snap, and hitch and throw from the pocket. It’s as simple as that. It will be up to the Cardinals offensive line to give Carson enough time to make his magic happen. Not an easy task when you factor in just how good this Carolina defense has been this year. Carolina has been decent against the pass ranking 11th in the league. However they are great upfront defensively. It will be up to Palmer to do his homework all week long and really find the weak links to this Carolina defense. Maybe that is going away from Josh Norman and attacking Robert McClain and Cortland Finnegan. Maybe that is putting a receiver like Michael Floyd on Josh Norman and letting Larry Fitz handle one of the lesser talented defensive backs. Whatever the formula is for success expect Palmer to do everything he can to find it. The 36 year old quarterback isn’t getting any younger, and you never know how many playoff opportunities you will have later in your career. Kickoff is slated for Sunday at 6:40 P.M. Don’t miss it.
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