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Carson Palmer's Raiders Debut: He Is Who I Thought He Was

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders talks with Kyle Boller #7 before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.   (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Yusuf HassanCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2011

When asked why he wanted Carson Palmer, Hue Jackson told Eric Schmoldt of Sports Radio, "Because this guy can help us get to where we want to go. This guy is going to help us win a championship. I’m convinced of it, I know it without any shadow of a doubt. He’s got all the characteristics I look for in a quarterback. He’s got it.”

After watching Palmer on Sunday, I hope there is an antibiotic to cure it. In 2010, Palmer lit the league up for 20 interceptions, which put him in the top five of interception machines in the NFL. And on Sunday, he continued to compete for the interception title along with teammate Kyle Boller.

Carson Palmer’s Raiders debut was similar to his 2010 season—filled with mistakes and interceptions. After Kyle Boller threw his third interception, Palmer entered the game with a standing ovation from the Raiders home crowd.

But it was apparent, quickly, why the Bengals are a better team without the aging, injury prone, and interception-friendly quarterback, who finished Sunday’s game with a 17.3 quarterback rating (Boller 22.3 rating), three interceptions and eight completions.

Hue Jackson signed Carson “The Franchise” Palmer to win now, claiming it was the “Greatest Trade in the NFL,” but unless Palmer can resurrect his health and performance—the trade will fall short of Jackson’s prediction.

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