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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    SD @ 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

    STL @ 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 @ STL

  • 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 @ STL 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

    STL @ 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

    STL 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 @ STL 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 @ STL 13

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    OAK 23 @ ARI 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    ARI 10 @ SD 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

    STL 19 @ ARI 6

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    DEN 13 @ ARI 43

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ARI 12 @ CAR 19

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    SD 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

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

Bengals sign Matt Jones to a one-year contract

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones to a one-year deal worth approximately $700,000.

Pyro's take: Considering Jones came so cheap, this is basically a no-risk/high-reward signing for the Bengals. With the unfortunate death of Chris Henry, and with Laveranues Coles likely on the way out, Cinci needed something to happen with their receiving corps this off-season. The signing alos leaves the Bengals with no interest in bringing in Dante Stallworth, though they'll still probably draft a receiver in the first 4-5 rounds.

02/13/10, 09:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå

Bengals Marvin Lewis named '09 NFL Coach of the Year

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was named the 2009 NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press on Saturday. Lewis earned 20.5 votes out of 50, while the Saints Sean Payton garnered 11.5 and the Chargers Norv Turner took 9 votes.

Pyro's take: There were a bunch of good candidates this year, from the aforementioned Lewis, Payton, and Turner, to the Colts Jim Caldwell, Eagles Andy Reid, Cardinals Ken Whisenhunt, and Jets Rex Ryan. With all the tragedy that could have crippled his team, not to mention the injuries and scheme adjustments the team went through, Marvin Lewis was still able to lead the Bengals to an AFC North title and the playoffs with a record of 10-6. This was a very much deserved and earned award by Coach Lewis.

01/16/10, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Palmer fine at practice Thursday

Carson Palmer practiced in full again on Thursday and showed no ill-effects from the left thumb he injured last weekend against the Ravens.

Pyro's take: Carson has led the Bengals to a 4-1 record this year, with that one loss coming on a fluke TD to 5-0 Denver in Week 1. Start him on your fantasy team this week against a very mediocre Texans pass D.

10/15/09, 08:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå

Bengals not concerned about Palmer's sprained left thumb

Coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals don't seem too concerned about quarterback Carson Palmer's sprained left thumb as it didn't look to affect his ability to throw the ball.

Pyro's take: Carson doesn't seem concerned either as he had no problem hooking up with Andre Caldwell for the game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds remaining on Sunday. Continue to use Palmer as a QB1 on your fantasy football team despite the injury.

10/12/09, 04:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.bengals.com

Palmer declares himself 100 percent

Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer said in a press conference on Wednesday that he's 100 percent and ready to go. “Oh yeah, 100 percent. I practiced on Monday, did everything, felt great and felt great yesterday after that, and that was a good test. So I’m full-go all week,” said Palmer.

Pyro's take: If Carson can stay healthy all year, he's a top 8 quarterback who could bring back top 5 numbers with the talent he has at receiver. For now, you can feel safe in starting him weekly for your team again.

09/10/09, 10:15 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.bengals.com

Palmer sits out final preseason game

Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer sat out Thursday night's preseason game as expected.

Pyro's take: Carson dressed and took part in warm-ups, but got back into his street clothes for the game. He's been practicing more and more lately, but resting him for the game was a good call by the coaches. Palmer will be ready for Week 1 against Denver.

09/03/09, 02:45 PM CDT by

Palmer will sit out preseason finale, but start regular season opener

Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer will not play in Thursday's final preseason game in order to rest his sprained ankle and be ready for the season opener September 13th against the Broncos.

Pyro's take: Palmer also told people on Wednesday that his ankle was feeling the best it's felt since the injury. Although he could probably play Thursday if necessary, it's wise of the Bengals to sit him and wait for the regular season to get him going again.

09/02/09, 06:45 AM CDT by
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Palmer running plays with first-team offense

Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer was seen running plays with the starting offense Tuesday morning. The drills were only being run at half speed, but Palmer was said to look okay during them.

Pyro's take: This is a good sign that Palmer will be ready for Week 1. There's still a possibility that he plays in the final preseason game, but it would likely be for just a series or two.

09/01/09, 06:00 AM CDT by
Source: twitter.com

Palmer back throwing passes at practice on Monday

After spraining his ankle in the first preseason game, Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer was finally back at practice throwing passes to his receivers, something he hasn't done since sustaining the injury August 14th.

Pyro's take: Palmer was seen taking snaps and dropping back in the pocket without any problem on his sprained left ankle. Head coach Marvin Lewis also exclaimed after practice that it's possible Palmer sees a bit of action in the final preseason game Thursday.

08/31/09, 01:30 PM CDT by
Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Bengals sign their first rounder, Andre Smith, after lengthy holdout...

The contract is a four-year, 26 million deal, including 21 million guaranteed, with a team option for two more years that would make it a six-year, 42 million contract that would guarantee 29.5 million.

Pyro's take: Smith will be faced with a learning curve but irrespective of that, this is good news for Palmer, Ochocinco, Coles, Henry, and Benson owners.

08/30/09, 06:00 AM CDT by
Source: sports.espn.go.com

Palmer iffy for final preseason game

Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer said that he wasn't sure whether he would practice this week or play in the Bengals final preseason game on Thursday.

Pyro's take: Palmer has been steadily working his way back from the high ankle sprain he suffered in the first preseason game, and could probably play if he was needed. However, the Bengals would be smart to rest their star QB and save him for the regular season opener.

08/29/09, 12:00 PM CDT by
Source: twitter.com

Palmer to sit Thursday night, possibly the preseason

Cincinnati Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer has been ruled out of the Thursday night exhibition against the Rams, and may sit out the rest of the preseason. After spraining his ankle August 14th against the Saints, Palmer has missed a lot of practice time with the team, but is expected to be fully recovered in time for the Week 1 game against the Broncos.

Pyro's take: The Bengals would be smart to rest their star QB and make sure he's ready to go for the regular season. As was found out last year, the Bengals go as Carson goes, so to lose any time out of Palmer would be a huge blow to the offense's prospects. Since Palmer has been doing some light throwing on the side, we are apt to believe he will be fine come Week 1, so there's no need to bump him down your cheat sheet for now. He's still a good starting fantasy QB in any format.

08/26/09, 10:00 AM CDT by
Source: espn.go.com