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After all these years, Pittsburgh's defense is still elite.
Carson Palmer's star has fallen far since his Pro Bowl days.
The Raiders unloaded a first and second rounder for Palmer in the hopes he'd return them to the playoffs last season. It didn't pay off: they finished 8-8 for the second straight year, good for third in their division.
Now Palmer, who at this point is just a shell of his former self, faces a fast and physical Pittsburgh defense that won't have much trouble stopping him.
On the first drive of the Steelers' Week 2 matchup, Jets QB Mark Sanchez marched his offense down the field, going 4-for-5 for 80 yards and a touchdown. On the last Jets drive, when the game had already been decided, Sanchez went 3-for-5 for 36 yards.
In the nearly 50 minutes in between those two drives, Pittsburgh held Sanchez to just three completions in 17 attempts for only 22 yards.
That is a phenomenal defensive performance against a quarterback who, at this point, is fairly similar to Palmer.
Bleacher Report AFC West Lead Writer Christopher Hansen penned a great article detailing Palmer's current performance issues. Palmer has a strong arm, but, as outlined by Hansen, he's indecisive in his reads, he's prone to overthrows and he tends to lock in on receivers.
Sounds a bit like the profile of a certain Jets QB whom the Steelers just shut down (no, not Tim Tebow).
Though it's tough to expect any defense to totally neutralize a passer like the Steelers did to Sanchez in Week 2, look for them to have a fantastic performance against Palmer and the Raiders.