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Person of Interest: Cardinals' Carson Palmer

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Carson Palmer a 69.3 passer rating and 11 interceptions this season, second-most of any quarterback. (AP)

By Danny O'Neil

"Person of Interest" is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks' upcoming opponent. This week, it's Arizona's Carson Palmer.


• Position: Cardinals cadaver – errr – quarterback
• Height: 6-5
• Weight: 235
• Age: 33
• Experience: 11th season (it only feels like his 111th)

The storyline

Finally, Larry Fitzgerald was going to get a real quarterback. At least that was the hope when the Cardinals acquired Palmer from Oakland in the offseason. The quarterback with two last names has the pedigree of a franchise quarterback, having been chosen No. 1 overall by Cincinnati in 2003. Palmer was sure to be an improvement after a season in which the Cardinals' quarterback position was more like a carousel of ineptitude: Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Lindley.

Well, through six games this season, Palmer has been picked off 11 times, and as bad as Arizona's quarterbacks were a year ago, the Cardinals were picked of 21 times in 2012. Palmer has thrown seven touchdown passes so far this season and completed 15 passes of more than 20 yards. Only five teams in the league currently have fewer.

Arizona has scored 111 points this season, one more than the Cardinals managed through six games last season. Fitzgerald has 30 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns this season compared to last year when he had 36 catches at this point for 430 yards and three touchdowns.

The statement

Seattle is allowing 188.3 yards passing, second-fewest in the league, and the Seahawks have picked off nine passes this season. Only three teams in the league have intercepted more passes while Palmer has been picked off more times than any quarterback not named Eli Manning this season.

Cornerback Richard Sherman warned to not get carried away in adding up the statistical trends, though.

"If you start looking at stuff like that, and then he hits four touchdowns and no picks," Sherman said, "then you're like, 'Man, what happened to the 11 picks he threw earlier?'

"He's a good quarterback who trusts his arm. He has a big arm, he's accurate, and he'll get the ball down there. He's due for a big game so we'll give him all the respect in the world and we'll play the receivers as tight as we can and do what we can do."


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