After a couple of not-so-pretty outings, Palmer went out tonight with big-game pressure, in front of the whole country, and played lights out. He was 14 of 20 for 299 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a quarterback rating of 125.
If Bush would have only done a better job picking up a blitzing outside linebacker, Palmer would have had a perfect quarterback rating.
He would have hit Louis Murphy, who was wide open in the end zone, for a third touchdown instead of getting hit as he threw—causing his pass to float and fall short for an interception.
Palmer has a fitting number (No. 3) since he resembled the "Mad Bomber" Daryle Lamonica with all the deep balls he was completing. Palmer averaged 14.9 yards per attempt tonight—breaking Lamonica's Raiders record of 14.3 from 1968.
Palmer was on the couch three weeks ago.
That's scary because he'll only get better.