Carson Palmer gives the Arizona Cardinals a legitimate chance to compete

Carson Palmer is Arizona’s first competent quarterback since Kurt Warner.

Despite amassing mediocre statistics, quarterback Carson Palmer looked solid in the Cardinals’ 12-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday in Arizona.

Traded to Arizona from the Oakland Raiders in April for a 2013 sixth round selection and a conditional pick next spring, the 33-year-old Palmer completed 7-of-15 attempts for 66 yards versus Dallas.

Taken first overall in 2003 out of the University of Southern California, Palmer has thrown 189 scores, against 130 picks, for 29,465 yards as a professional.

The former Trojan performed well last season in “The Town” and tossed 22 touchdowns for 4,018 yards.

Handcuffed by an atrocious collection of passers since Kurt Warner retired in 2009, Palmer finally gives Arizona a competent field general to rely on.

Under center in Bruce Arians‘ aggressive offensive attack, the 6-foot-5, 235 pound Palmer should shine targeting talented wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in the Valley of the Sun.

After going a porous 5-11 in 2012, the Cardinals are not going to flourish competing in the NFC West against the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.

Regardless, Carson Palmer offers fans a valid reason to watch football in the Phoenix metropolitan area this autumn.

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