Carson Palmer’s 3-0 mark in Seattle: By the Numbers
Dec 26, 2016, 12:49 PM | Updated: Dec 27, 2016, 11:27 am
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In Seattle, if the Cardinals have QB Carson Palmer, they win.
It’s that simple.
Well, sort of.
With their 34-31 victory over the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field Saturday, the Cardinals improved to 6-8-1 on the season, prevented Seattle from posting a perfect 8-0 record at home, and advanced to 3-1 in that stadium since 2013, which is when Bruce Arians and Palmer arrived.
The lone loss — which came in 2014 — was a game Palmer missed due to a torn ACL.
So, if the Cardinals have Palmer, they win.
“There’s no doubt, three times with Carson,” Arians said after the game when asked if the team has a certain level of confidence against the Seahawks with Palmer on the field. “We have been able to run the football good enough and Carson makes plays.”
Palmer, who is conversely 0-2-1 against the Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium, said he was not sure if the team’s success in one of the toughest buildings for a road team to play in proved beneficial Saturday.
“I don’t know. This was just one of those weeks where we felt like we were going to win,” he said. “To be 3-0 in this stadium, we take great pride in that. It’s very difficult to do. That was the motivation all week, for me at least.”
It’s an impressive mark, no doubt, especially when you consider that the Cardinals’ three wins equal the number of victories the rest of the NFL has had on the road in Seattle since 2013.
It may be shocking, then, to know that Palmer hasn’t exactly been great in the victories. With that in mind, here’s a look at Palmer’s 3-0 record in Seattle, By the Numbers:
Twice in three games Palmer has thrown just one touchdown pass, having done so in 2013 and 2016.
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Palmer has been fined once for making an obscene gesture toward the home crowd once, in 2015. (Side note: If he would have just danced, like teammate Drew Stanton, he probably would have been OK.)
Twice Palmer has led come-from-behind game-winning drives, with an 11-play, 80-yard effort in 2013 and an 11-play, 83-yard performance in 2015.
Palmer has thrown five touchdown passes to three different players, with Michael Floyd being the only recipient with more than one (three). The other two have gone to Jermaine Gresham and J.J. Nelson.
Palmer has thrown an equal number of interceptions against the Seahawks as he has touchdowns, though it’s worth noting that over the last two wins he has thrown four touchdowns against just one pick.
Though the Seahawks have a ferocious pass rush and Arizona’s offensive line has been far from dominant, Palmer has been sacked just six times in the three wins. Conversely, he’s been brought down 11 times in the two losses and one tie in Arizona.
Palmer has completed 17 passes to Larry Fitzgerald in the three wins, though 10 of those came in the 2015 victory. In 2013, Fitzgerald caught just 3 passes for 18 yards, and in 2016 he tallied 31 yards on four receptions.
Though he has thrown just two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the three wins, the Cardinals have scored 45 points in the final frame of the three wins with Palmer leading the way.
Palmer has completed just 58-of-98 passes against the vaunted “Legion of Boom,” which is good enough for a completion percentage that is a few ticks below his career average of 62.6.
The longest pass Palmer has thrown in one of the three wins over Seattle was an 80-yard bomb to J.J. Nelson in 2016.
Palmer has amassed 825 yards, or an average of 275 per game. His high is 363, which he passed for in 2015, while the lowest output is 178, which he tallied in 2013.