There were many questions about Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer taking on the offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's version of the west-coast style offense:
Will he be mobile enough?
Could he make quicker reads and throw outside the pocket?
Can he cut down on interceptions and turnovers?
Palmer has proven that he can! The Oakland Raiders quarterback currently leads the 9th ranked passing team in the NFL with 273.2 yards per game and is ranked 17th in the NFL with a QB percentage of 86% , ahead of QBs such as San Diego’s Philip Rivers (85.3%), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (84%) and Cam Newton (79.3%).
Palmer has shown that he can take care of the football by completed 148 passes out of 241 attempts for 1732 yards, 7 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions so far this season.
A good example of Palmer's work was in week 3 where he led a 34-31 win in Oakland versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Palmer completed 24 our 34 passes for 209 yards and 3 TDs (103.7% passer rating) and led an efficient offense to a victory against a very aggressive Pittsburgh Steelers defense.
For the first half of the 2012 season, Carson Palmer wears the crown as the best player for the first half of the season!