Carson Palmer’s Efficiency Will be Key for Arizona Cardinals in Week 16

By Michael Terrill
Carson Palmer’s Efficiency Will be Key for Arizona Cardinals in Week 16
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The Arizona Cardinals still have a shot at a playoff berth, although it’s out of their control. Nonetheless, they must continue playing hard with the expectation that the postseason will happen. In order for that to happen, they must win out in their final two games. And in order for that to happen, quarterback Carson Palmer must continue to efficient.

Since Week 8, Palmer has thrown 13 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions. In fact, after tossing multiple picks in five of Arizona’s first seven games this season, he has thrown more than one interception in just one contest since. Clearly, this is a trend that must continue if the Cardinals want to stay alive once the regular season concludes.

With the Seattle Seahawks on tap in Week 16, Palmer and the rest of the team will be tested. The signal caller posted his worst total quarterback rating (11.3) of the season against the Seahawks in Week 7. It also was just the second time in his last eight games that he was picked off more than once in a contest.

Considering Seattle has arguably the best defense in the league, there’s no question Palmer must be near perfect in order to lead Arizona to a victory. And it must happen because a loss and the season will be over for the Cardinals. Talk about pressure.

The good news is if Palmer does lead the offense to multiple scoring drives as well as a win then the team will know that they are for sure a playoff contender.

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