Carson Palmer. Just the name illuminates the head storyline for the upcoming game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Oakland Raiders. The former 8-year Bengals quarterback visits PBS for the first time since he wore a Cincinnati uniform on the field, and will look to lead his Raiders to a much-needed win against his former team.
To do that, he’ll have to beat the Red Rifle, the young Bengals quarterback that has his team on the brink of a second three-game winning streak this season. In the last two games, Andy Dalton has thrown 6 touchdown passes in comparison with no interceptions. Despite some problems early against the Chiefs on 3rd down, his accuracy has greatly improved during this time. It might be because he’s holding the ball a little longer in the pocket. Perhaps it’s coach Marvin Lewis’ push for the sophomore to be a leader. Whatever it is, it’s working. And Bengals fans can’t be too upset about that.
This game features two teams trending largely in opposite directions, as the Raiders have dropped their last three games. That isn’t all Palmers’ fault though, as he has actually passed for 3,035 yards on the season thus far, third in the league. However, passing so much has led to 11 interceptions, and with very little running game, and a non-existent defense, the Raiders haven’t had a lead very often of late.