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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    LAC @ ARI

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    ARI @ NYG

  • Week 4 - Sep 28


  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ARI @ DEN

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    ARI @ OAK

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    PHI @ ARI

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    ARI @ DAL

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    LAR @ ARI

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    DET @ ARI

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    ARI @ SEA

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    KC @ ARI

  • Week 15 - Dec 11

    ARI @ LAR

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    SEA @ ARI

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    ARI @ SF

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    SEA 16 @ ARI 20

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    PHI 6 @ ARI 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    MIA 21 @ ARI 24

  • Week 5 - Oct 04

    ARI 3 @ LAR 17

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    BUF @ ARI

  • Week 7 - Oct 21

    ARI @ MIN

  • Week 9 - Oct 29

    SF @ ARI

  • Week 10 - Nov 11


  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    LAR @ ARI

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    ARI @ NYJ

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    CAR 21 @ ARI 28

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    ARI 21 @ WAS 22

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    ARI 10 @ SEA 13

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    NYG 31 @ ARI 27

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    ARI 10 @ MIN 34

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    PIT 32 @ ARI 20

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    ARI 27 @ BAL 30

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    LAR 13 @ ARI 19

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    ARI 21 @ PHI 17

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    ARI 7 @ SF 23

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    ARI 23 @ LAR 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DAL 13 @ ARI 19

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    SF 19 @ ARI 21

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    CLE 17 @ ARI 20

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    ARI 16 @ CIN 23

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    ARI 17 @ LAR 13

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    OAK 23 @ ARI 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    ARI 10 @ LAC 41

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    NO 20 @ ARI 30

  • Week 6 - Oct 17


  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CIN 32 @ ATL 39

    412 pass yards

    3 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    TB 38 @ ARI 35

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    ARI 24 @ MIN 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    SEA 36 @ ARI 18

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ARI 13 @ KC 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 29

    SF 27 @ ARI 6

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    LAR 19 @ ARI 6

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    DEN 13 @ ARI 43

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ARI 12 @ CAR 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    LAC 20 @ CIN 34

    269 pass yards

    4 TDs

    -1 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    ARI 7 @ SF 38


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Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

2008 - 2011 Statistics

PASSING                            RUSHING                 FANTASY

                           Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT    Rush   Yards   TD     Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats        199/328    2753    13    16      16      20      1        170.1    17.0

2010 Stats        362/586    3970    26    20      32      50      0        267.8    16.7

2009 Stats        282/466    3094    21    13      39      93      3        235.1    14.7

2008 Stats          75/129      731     3     4        6      38      0          45.0    11.3

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Palmer will now have a full offseason to work with his plethora of receivers and should be poised for a better 2012 

(+) Palmer is that veteran QB who is trying to get to the Super Bowl and believes he has a chance if McFadden stays healthy

(+) Darren McFadden is healthy and will open up more passing lanes for Palmer and is a dynamic dual threat as a receiver out of the backfield

(+/-) Palmer isn’t afraid to take some chances

(+) Palmer is a solid QB2

(+) Palmer appeared in 10 games and threw for over 300 yards in 4 games with another at 299 yards

(+) In his final 3 games Palmer threw for 1,021 yards and 4 TD

(-) Palmer has some major pressure on him with a new GM in town and the previous guy selling the farm to acquire him last season

(-) Averaged 18 interceptions over the last three seasons

(-) Threw 13 INT in 10 games

(-) Palmer is a true pocket passer and unable to avoid pressure on his own

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2009 Review

Carson Palmer had arguably the most disappointing seasons for a QB in the entire NFL. He couldn't even hide in fantasy land, that's how bad it was. After all the hype surrounding Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Laveranues Coles, and the late Chris Henry during the off-season, many were predicting the Bengals passing attack to be amongst the top tier of aerial assaults in 2009.  Turns out all those prognosticators were wrong.  Granted, the Cincinnati running game ended up being one of the best in the league and worth leaning on for most of the year, but that still doesn’t explain away his career lows in nearly every statistical category for a 16-game season.

~ Ranked 18th in the league in QB fantasy points with 205.1 (basic scoring system)

~ Tied for 15th in the league with 21 passing touchdowns

~ Ranked 16th in the league with a 83.6 QB Rating

~ Ranked 18th in the league with a 60.5% completion percentage

~ Ranked 24th in the league with 193.4 passing yards per game

~ Ranked 18th in the league with 282 completions

~ Ranked 19th in the league with 466 attempts

~ Ranked 18th in the league with 3,094 passing yards

~ Ranked 19th in the league in yards/attempt (6.64)

~ Tied for eighth in the league for the least amount of sacks taken (26) by a QB who started at least ¾ of his team’s games

~ Rushed for 3 TDs after not having a rushing touchdown since 2005

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Cincinnati revamped their receiving corps again this off-season, this time pairing Chad Ochocinco with 29-year old Antonio Bryant after letting go of the 32-year old Laveranues Coles.  They also decided to take a flyer on the 6’6” Matt Jones, who will likely battle Andre Caldwell for the WR3 spot on the team due to the unfortunate death of Chris Henry (RIP).  Palmer still has all the skills to be amongst the elite fantasy QBs, but a lot of that will depend on how committed the Bengals are to sticking with their newfound love of the ball-control, running game.  After sweeping through the division en route to winning the AFC North crown, odds are Cinci will continue to pound the ball with Cedric Benson in 2010, thus leaving Palmer as no more than a fantasy backup.

~ Ochocinco, Bryant, Matt Jones and Andre Caldwell are a Top-5 receiving corps in the NFL

~ Cedric Benson has a tendency to get injured when overused, so look for the Bengals to pass more frequently this season

~ The Bengals picked up the best tight end and a couple of nice receivers in the 2010 NFL Draft


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Palmer does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Bengals Player Tweets



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Carson likes his sausages 1 inch longer

carson palmer hot dog

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Carson Palmer is not too aware of his surroundings

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Back in December of '05, Palmer signed a six-year, $118.75 million contract extension that runs through 2014.  A contract like this should provide plenty of motivation for Carson in the upcoming years because at those prices; he could easily get cut at any time:

2010 - $10.5 million

2011 - $11.5 million

2012 - $11.5 million

2013 - $13 million

2014 - $14 million

2015 - Free Agent

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J.T. O'Sullivan could be worth a flier as a handcuff in the last round of your draft if you are sitting on Carson Palmer

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule


SOS - Cincinnati Bengals


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Injury Report


Palmer was determined to make it through the 2009 season after his elbow injury in '08. He did, and he looks fine heading into the new season as well

Last Hurrah for Palmer?

Pyro's take: "Last year, he kind of came in September, had already worn his arm out by overthrowing all summer," Arians said. "We found a nice regimen, November and December he was playing as good as he’s ever played." After finding the right work-out regimen Palmer was the number 8 QB over the last eight weeks of the season. David Johnson said "his arm is definitely feeling good."

Fantasy Goo: Palmer could be the reason why late-round QB works this year, with an ADP around QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.

07/22/17, 01:43 PM CDT by Wheeler
Source: www.nfl.com

Carson Joins Fitz to Return for 2017

Pyro's take: Palmer will be returning to give the Cards another year to develop potential future QB's

Fantasy Goo: Palmer saw a big drop in production in 2016, he will try to right the ship to give the Cardinals a chance to return to playoff contention in 2017.

02/13/17, 02:20 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Carson Palmer Clears Concussion Protocol

Pyro's take: Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer was cleared to practice after suffering a concussion against the Rams.

Fantasy Goo: As expected, Carson Palmer will be back for the Cardinals' game against the Jets on "Monday Night Football."
The quarterback was cleared to exit the NFL's concussion protocol Tuesday. The Cardinals return to the practice field Wednesday. Barring an unexpected setback, Palmer will start against the Jets.
Carson had suffered the concussion late in the Cardinals' Oct. 2 loss to the Rams. He missed Thursday's victory in San Francisco, but coach Bruce Arians has said Palmer was close all along.
Palmer has thrown for 1,150 yards this season with six touchdowns and five interceptions in 2016.

10/11/16, 07:55 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.azcardinals.com

Arizona Cardinals TNF Injury Report 10/6/16

Pyro's take: Carson Palmer, QB, will not be available due to inability to be cleared from the concussion protocol.

Darren Fells, TE, is out with a shoulder injury tonight, leaving Jermaine Gresham the primary option at TE.

10/06/16, 01:38 PM CDT by Kenny Mills
Source: www.cardswire.usatoday.com

Move Over Kreig, Lookout Montana


Pyro's take: Carson Palmer needs just 1 more TD to reach 262 for his career. When this happens, he will move into 15th all time, just 11 behind number 14 all time, Joe Montana.

Fantasy Goo: His line should give him some help in 2016. PFF has their O-line preseason ranking as 16th overall. That would be an improvement. In 2015, they ranked 28th for pass blocking.

09/17/16, 08:05 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pro-football-reference.com

An Oldie but a Goodie

Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night, leading many Arizona Cardinals fans to wonder why the 33-year-old is planning on retiring after the season. Cardinals fans can relax.

Pyro's take: Larry Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the New England Patriots Sunday night, leading many Arizona Cardinals fans to wonder why the 33-year-old is planning on retiring after the season. Cardinals fans can relax. Larry Fitzgerald has no plans to retire after this year.

Fantasy Goo: Larry had 5 touchdowns through last year’s first 3 games and then cooled off a little on the touchdown scoring. He is back at it again! Keep him in your lineups. Larry Legend of the pigskin has the respect of NFL fans and fantasy alike. Carson Palmer loves to pass the ball around so enjoy your stud. Many people like me were ready to bail on him but, Larry can still tighten his spikes and put a whoopin (whoopin = an ass kicking so bad that you failed at defending yourself) on the cornerbacks. The Cardinals have a wonderful offense and a stifling defense and should put up great point totals this year.

09/13/16, 07:22 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.yardbarker.com

Carson Palmer (finger) is listed as probable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Panthers.


Pyro's take: Mike Jurecki with the Friday practice report. Please click the source link to view.

01/23/16, 01:17 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Bruce Arians confirmed Monday the Cardinals will go all out to beat the Seahawks in Week 17.


Pyro's take: Kent Somers via Twitter ""We will approach this game like it's game one," per Arians. Won't back off" If the Cardinals beat Seattle and Carolina loses to Tampa Bay, Arians' club will clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC and have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

12/28/15, 03:54 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Carson Palmer named to the Pro-Bowl


Pyro's take: Carson Palmer was named to the Pro-Bowl among five other quarterbacks.

12/22/15, 11:59 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Nice Matchup in Week 15


Pyro's take: "Smoke" brown has a great matchup versus Byron Maxwell, the Eagles CB.Brown has 15 catches on 20 targets in the last 3 games. His lowest yardage in that span is 78. cardinals have a 28 pt team expected total. Palmer will likely look to take advantage here, as Fitz draws a tough slot corner in Malcolm Jenkins.

12/19/15, 10:23 AM CST by PyromaniacMo

Carson Palmer completed 29-of-48 passes for 363 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception


Pyro's take: It’s the fifth time this year Palmer's thrown for 300-plus yards and multiple touchdowns. Two of Palmer’s touchdowns came on deep passes to Michael Floyd, with his third a 14-yard red-zone TD to Jermaine Gresham. He is still a number one quarterback even against the Bengals.

11/16/15, 02:02 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Carson Palmer completed 20-of-29 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns


Pyro's take: Carson Palmer has been on a tear. He connected on two touchdowns against the Ravens and had 275-yards and a high completion rate to go with it. Palmer's two scores went to Michael Floyd and John Brown. 5-2 Arizona travels to Cleveland in Week 8.

10/27/15, 02:53 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Palmer Paid

Carson Palmer signed a three-year $50 million dollar contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals today. Mark Dalton. the VP of media relations of the Cardinals announced via twitter "announce 3-year contract extension w QB Carson Palmer"

Palmer's deal is worth $16 million in average annual value, but none of the money is guaranteed beyond 2015. The Cardinals will have a "pay-as-you-go" option for the final two seasons.

Pyro's take: Great news for Dynasty owners, as Palmer has basically rectified his career under Bruce Arians, and offensive talent surrounding him. 25:10 TD-INT ratio over his last 13 games.

11/07/14, 08:24 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Feeling Good

After Sunday's contest, Carson Palmer is feeling good. According to Arizona Cardinals cover guy Craig Morgan stated: "Arians said Carson Palmer feels fine today after throwing 44 passes Sunday."

Pyro's take: This is a good sign, throwing 44 passes and not having any set-backs, most likely means he has completely recovered. Keep using him as you normally would.

10/13/14, 03:48 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Not Nerving

Carson Palmer back at practice today, and it seems as though the nerve problems have subsided. Head coach Bruce Arians stated that tomorrow is critical, and that will determine his availability for Thursday and Friday.

Pyro's take: Even though Stanton has produced well in Palmer's absence, he just doesn't have the skill to push the Cardinals the way Palmer does. If you are desperate for quarterback, he can be a good start, but I would wait to see how he responds on Sunday.

10/07/14, 09:14 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

The Nerve

Mike Juercki stated through his twitter account @mikejurecki that Carson Palmer is still dealing with nerve issues and is seeking another opinion on the situation.

The nerve issue is in his throwing shoulder, and head coach Bruce Arians will deliberate further in his presser at 12:30.

Pyro's take: This nerve issue for Carson Palmer is most likely getting on the nerves of fantasy owners. The reality is that it can be healed today, or bother him for the rest of the season. The best measure to take is stash and wait. Drew Stanton will remain the Cardinals starter until he is ready.

10/01/14, 02:17 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

status uncertain

Carson Palmer's status is uncertain for Sunday. He is dealing with nerve issues in his shoulder. Drew Stanton will replace him again.

Pyro's take: Nerve issues are difficult to understand. At one moment all is good, the next, extreme pain. Until they can get this under control. Palmer won't start, so they dont risk further injury, the issue is correcting the problem.

09/17/14, 05:12 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Palmer out

Carson Palmer has been ruled out of today's game against the Giants. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport has reported. Palmer tested the shoulder before the game and was declared a no-go.

Pyro's take: Hard times for Palmer owners as this was going to be a nice match-up for him. Instead, Drew Stanton will get the call, and still probably put up some good numbers, yes, the Giants defense is that bad.

No, need to make any decisions as Palmer will be back most likely in week three.

09/14/14, 10:17 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.cbssports.com

Palmer and crew

Carson Palmer led the Arizona Cardinals offense in a victory against a good San Diego Chargers defense. The offense had "gained 403 yards, rushed for 109, converted 6 of 13 third downs (46 per cent), scored touchdowns on two of three red zone situations and gained a first down to put the game away in the final minute."

What seemed like an offense struggling, only six points through three quarters, took off when it needed too. Palmer marched the offense down the field in the fourth quarter for a touchdown deciding victory. The absence of Larry Fitzgerald was also a concern for the Arizona Cardinals, but even though he didnt have one target in three quarters, the Cardinals still pulled it out.

Pyro's take: The defense played great for Arizona, which is a little scary considering they lost some key personnel. This allowed Carson Palmer and the offense to keep working their game plan, and keep them in the game. Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Rob Housler, John Carlson, John Brown, and of course Larry Fitzgerald bring together a talented offense, and all will play a key role.

09/09/14, 12:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.azcentral.com

Arians confident in Palmer for next year and beyond

Though Palmer is a veteran who just finished his 10th NFL season, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sees no reason to think the former number one pick is nearing the end of his career.

In fact, the coach believes Palmer has plenty of football left in him.

"He's in great condition, he's always in great condition," Arians said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday. "So I would think he could be playing up to 36, 37 easily."

And with how the offense fared last season, especially in the season's second half, the coach has reason to believe big changes are not needed.

"I thought the last eight games we were real close," Arians said of the offense being where he wanted it to be. "We were running the football much better, and it helped our offensive line so much. Our receivers and quarterbacks got on the same page. Third-down efficiency improved, red zone started to improve.

"So we were playing the way we want to play the second half of the season. I was extremely pleased with where we were offensively."

As to the quarterback specifically, Palmer completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,361 yards and 14 touchdowns with just eight interceptions over the second half of the season, posting a QB rating of 95.3 over that stretch.

Pyro's take: You have to remember that the Cardinals were basically a playoff team last season, they just got screwed by the NFC North having to have a playoff representative.

When you look at his stats over the second half of the season and he threw eight interceptions, that does not tell the whole story. In their week 16 victory, in Seattle, Palmer was intercepted four times. He followed that up by throwing for 407 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 23-20 loss to the 49ers. Palmer should continue to improve in Arians offense.

The toughest thing going against Palmer is that he plays in the AFC West. All of those defenses are tough, and that represents six games. They also face the NFC East and AFC West, so if Palmer improves, he will have done it against some real tough competition.

02/21/14, 06:06 PM CST by Houdini
Source: arizonasports.com