The poor play of the offensive line certainly aided in Palmer’s demise on Sunday, but he was not great when given time, either. This was especially noticeable on deep throws.
On his first interception, the Eagles had Michael Floyd bracketed over the top. A good throw to the corner of the end zone would have resulted in a touchdown, but the ball was vastly underthrown, allowing safety Nate Allen an easy interception near the goal line.
And on Palmer’s second pick of the day, a pass intended for receiver Andre Roberts, the correct throw was to the middle of the field, where no safety was playing. Instead, Palmer threw it to the left of the left hash and behind Roberts, making it another easy play for the defense—this time, cornerback Cary Williams.
Palmer completed 24 of 41 passes (58.5 percent) for 302 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions for an 85.6 passer rating on the day.