Drew Stanton, Cards’ invulnerability will shoulder Carson Palmer’s load
November 10, 2014 - Picnic Time
With 11 minutes, 21 seconds left in a fourth entertain of Arizona’s 31-14 win over a St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Palmer went down with what a group fears is an ACL injury. It is in a same left knee he harmed during a 2006 playoff game. Two days ago, Palmer sealed a three-year, $50 million prolongation with $20 million guaranteed.
If this sounds familiar, that’s given it is.
Ten days before Palmer, afterwards with a Cincinnati Bengals, tore his ACL and MCL opposite Pittsburgh on Jan 8, 2006, he sealed a six-year $118 million prolongation that, during a time, done him a top paid actor in a NFL.
But a similarities stop there. Cincinnati mislaid that game. And Palmer is now on a group that won though him Sunday to urge to 8-1 for a initial time given 1948, and might have to rest on a quarterback creation $2 million to keep a sorcery that’s building in a dried alive.
Backup quarterback Drew Stanton transposed Palmer and, on his initial drive, threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to John Brown to give Arizona a lead. Then a invulnerability came to life in a fourth entertain to secure another win.
Arizona has won like this before, and it’ll have to win like this again.
If Palmer is out prolonged term, a Cardinals will need to rest on Stanton and their invulnerability to keep their boat steady. At risk is a NFC West championship and home-field advantage via a playoffs. Stanton was 2-1 as a starter when Palmer missed 3 games progressing this deteriorate with an axillary haughtiness contusion in his right shoulder. Stanton won during a New York Giants and during home opposite a San Francisco 49ers. He saw, first-hand, how a West conflict can be won. His usually detriment came during Denver when he was knocked out of a diversion in a third quarter.
Except this go-round, he’s not entrance off a drought of some-more than 3 years though throwing a pass in a regular-season game. He was usually 4 weeks private from his final action.
“The serve we are removed, a harder it is to get behind into sync,” Stanton said. “Things occur fast out there. You have to trust your eyes. That’s a biggest thing we schooled from my 3 starts.”
Those games validated a faith in Stanton that manager Bruce Arians combined when he sealed a backup in 2013. Then, Arizona usually knew Stanton from practice. Sunday, a Cardinals knew he could win in a NFL.
“Even when he usually came in a game, it helps that we’ve won with him in there and we know he’s a tough man and we know he knows a offense good and he’s going to step in and do a pursuit and be accountable,” left tackle Jared Veldheer said. “And that partial of it is good.”
Stanton led a Cardinals by a opening diversion of a widen that’ll establish Arizona’s postseason. After Sunday, a Cardinals have 4 NFC West games to go, a NFC North-leading Detroit Lions subsequent weekend and a Kansas City Chiefs, a playoff group final season, in early December. They also play Atlanta after Thanksgiving.
The vigour to keep a league’s best record isn’t only on Stanton. He’ll be means to rest on a invulnerability that’s grown a repute for treating a fourth entertain like a possess turnover picnic. They had 3 — including dual interceptions by Patrick Peterson — Sunday. The Cardinals’ turnover domain is plus-12 — plus-11 in a fourth entertain — this season.
And all this might sound familiar, though it won’t get aged if Stanton keeps winning.
“With both of those guys, we have certainty in all of the quarterbacks,” Brown said. “It’s usually like Carson never left.”