One Final Thought: How Carson Palmer Saved the Bengals

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Nov 25, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) congratulates Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after the Bengals defeated the Raiders 34-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE


The citizens of Cincinnati were jumping with joy Sunday afternoon as they watched their Bengals pummel their former savior-turned-traitor in Carson Palmer.  When Palmer decided in the 2011 offseason he was done with the Bengals and would rather retire than ever suit up in stripes again, he became public enemy #1 in the eyes of many loyal Bengals fans who stuck with their team for two decades of no playoffs, epic draft busts, and horrifically bad teams.

He also left the team with no legitimate QB in the middle of the NFL lockout. The Bengals could not trade for a veteran QB during this time, and they were forced to draft a young QB a future of the franchise. They picked Andy Dalton in the second round out of TCU to be their new franchise QB, and he came in with the poise of a 10-year veteran, and led the Bengals to 9 wins. The most amazing fact is that the Bengals trailed for over 446 minutes this year, which was 46% of the minutes played, yet Dalton kept his poise as he led the Bengals to several memorable comebacks that helped springboard Cincinnati into the playoffs one year after winning just 4 games.  While Dalton was leading the Bengals to 4 fourth-quarter comeback wins in 2011, Palmer went 4-5 in 9 starts with the Raiders, including 13 TD’s and 16 interceptions.

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