Don’t Write Off Carson PalmerOctober 29th, 2012
When Joe thinks about the Bucs’ secondary, Joe doesn’t get all warm and fuzzy pondering what an effective veteran quarterback might do against it.
This is the main reason Joe is concerned about Sunday’s Raiders-Bucs game. Raiders QB Carson Palmer is playing very well this season, calling lots of the shots in the no-huddle offense, and his jersey has stayed far too clean for Joe’s comfort. Palmer’s has only absorbed 12 sacks in seven games. That’s the sixth-fewest in the league, hardly shabby for an immobile QB who has thrown more passes this season than Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan.
Raiders beat writer Steve Corkan notes that Palmer was better than his numbers appeared against the Chiefs yesterday.
The Raiders offensive line did a much better job looking after Palmer today, as promised. Palmer got smacked around pretty good against the Jaguars a week earlier, prompting the offensive linemen to redouble their efforts and make a point of playing better against the Chiefs. It worked. Palmer wasn’t sacked on 28 dropbacks, and he wasn’t hit much, either. Palmer did have at least three passes tipped at or near the line of scrimmage.
Overall, Palmer finished 14 of 28 for 209 yards. However, he had a handful of passes dropped that were right on the money.
The Bucs have to find a way to get to Palmer on Sunday without blitzing. Joe expects that to be a huge challenge, especially if Michael Bennett’s twisted up ankle isn’t 100 percent. On the upside, Joe has loads of confidence in the Bucs’ ability to outscore the Raiders in a shootout.