Carson Palmer Steps Up in 4th Quarter For a Big Bengals Win

Mary SmootContributor IOctober 1, 2009

CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 27:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball during the NFL game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals won 23-20.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

As a Bengals fan, I was up out of my seat Sunday afternoon during the 4th quarter comeback win against Pittsburg. However, the fact of the matter is, our superstar quarterback Carson Palmer looked very average during the first three quarters.

I don't know if his receivers are running the wrong routes, or if he has just been throwing badly. He could have easily had four more interceptions in addition to the interceptions he already had during the Pittsburg game. He also threw a few extremely errant passes in the first quarters of the Green Bay and Denver games.

The Bengals have been lucky that their defensive have been able to carry the offense so far, but eventually, the offensive is going to have to start playing on par with the defense, and so together they can be a driving force toward victories.

I still believe that Carson Palmer is a franchise quarterback and one of the best in the game, but, we need him to start playing like he does in the 4th quarter for the entire game if the Bengals want to be the winning team they have the potential to be, (remember 2005?). If Carson does this, and with the defense we have right now, the Bengals could be a competitive team this year.