The clear cut MVP for the Oakland Raiders has to be Carson Palmer. The quarterback has done almost everything for this team and has largely done it without much support from his cast of characters.
Yes, someone has to be on the other end to catch his passes, but for the most part it has been Palmer’s show in the Bay Area. He’s on pace to throw for about 4,700 yards this season and with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson nursing ankle injuries, he very well may approach 5,000 yards this season. A team never wants to become one-dimensional, but for the most part Oakland has become just that. Last week, Palmer threw 61 passes and he’s averaging 41 attempts per contest, about double the number of rushes Oakland normally attempts in a game.
Palmer has done a lot for this team, but the scary part is he can still do more, mainly cut down on the interceptions. He told the media on Wednesday, “When you’re the quarterback you’re the one with the ball in your hand. You’ve got to make the right decision and make sure you’re on the right page with everybody.” This is right, but it also points to the fact Palmer needs some help from his counterparts on offense. The only reliable weapon Palmer has is tight end Brandon Myers, who has 20 of his 39 catches this season in the fourth quarter. Myers leads the Raiders in receptions and his 442 yards trails only Denarius Moore on the team.
Speaking of Moore, he must become a bigger presence for Palmer. He’s only averaging four catches per game, which is embarrassing for someone who is supposed to be a team’s best wideout. Moore has to get to the ball more and make more plays for this team and help Palmer.