NFL Trade Deadline: Why Carson Palmer Will Lead Oakland Raiders to NFL Playoffs

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 19, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 2:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Bengals 6-0 at the half. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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When the Oakland Raiders traded for former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer at the NFL trade deadline Tuesday, they proved to their fans and players that the team is committed to winning this season.

The Raiders are refusing to give up on the season, despite learning this week that starting quarterback Jason Campbell will be out for over a month with a broken collarbone.

Palmer is a former Heisman Trophy winner at USC and was a No. 1 overall pick with the Bengals. Despite being around some talented players in his days with the Bengals, he had a number of poor seasons.

When Palmer is healthy and motivated, he is a top tier quarterback. He's capable of leading a good team to the playoffs.

The Raiders have the best rushing attack in football with star running back Darren McFadden and his backup Michael Bush doing very well this season in helping the team to a 4-2 start.

Palmer is a better pocket passer than Jason Campbell and should be a more accurate passer as well.

If Palmer can utilize the speed and talent of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and the playmaking ability of Jacoby Ford, the Raiders offense could be hard to stop.

A strong passing game would allow the Raiders running game to be even more successful because defenses won't be able to stack the box and key on McFadden.

If Palmer can protect the football and not throw too many interceptions, the Raiders offense could be even better with him than they were with Campbell this season.

Kyle Boller will likely get the start for the Raiders this week who take on the Kansas City Chiefs, one of the worst teams in the league.

Boller should be able to lead the Raiders past the Chiefs, who at 2-3 are in third place in the AFC West. After a Week 8 bye, the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos.

Palmer will lead the Oakland Raiders to the NFL playoffs with a berth as a wild card team or as the champions of the AFC Wes division.

Sometimes all a player needs is a fresh start and a new challenge. For Carson Palmer, the Oakland Raiders have presented him a good team that works hard and wants to win. 

You can't ask for much more than that.

Nicholas Goss is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for the latest sports news and updates.  


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