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Carson Palmer
QB #9
Height:
6-5
Weight:
236
College:
USC
Hometown:
Mission Viejo, CA
Experience:
9
Passing
YearTeamGAttCompPctAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDTD%IntInt%Lng20+40+SckSckYRate
TOTAL 139 4,719 2,954 62.6 33.9 34,043 7.2 244.9 215 4.6 152 3.2 91 414 85 246 1,733 86.1
2014 ARI 1 37 24 64.9 37 304 8.2 304 2 5.4 0 -- 63 5 1 2 10 108.4
2013 ARI 16 572 362 63.3 35.8 4,274 7.5 267.1 24 4.2 22 3.8 91T 49 9 41 289 83.9
2012 OAK 15 565 345 61.1 37.7 4,018 7.1 267.9 22 3.9 14 2.5 64T 49 10 26 199 85.3
2011 OAK 10 328 199 60.7 32.8 2,753 8.4 275.3 13 4 16 4.9 78 43 11 17 119 80.5
2010 CIN 16 586 362 61.8 36.6 3,970 6.8 248.1 26 4.4 20 3.4 78T 45 9 26 201 82.4
2009 CIN 16 466 282 60.5 29.1 3,094 6.6 193.4 21 4.5 13 2.8 73 36 5 26 213 83.6
2008 CIN 4 129 75 58.1 32.3 731 5.7 182.8 3 2.3 4 3.1 36 7 0 11 67 69
2007 CIN 16 575 373 64.9 35.9 4,131 7.2 258.2 26 4.5 20 3.5 70T 51 8 17 119 86.7
2006 CIN 16 520 324 62.3 32.5 4,035 7.8 252.2 28 5.4 13 2.5 74T 52 15 36 233 93.9
2005 CIN 16 509 345 67.8 31.8 3,836 7.5 239.8 32 6.3 12 2.4 70T 43 9 19 105 101.1
2004 CIN 13 432 263 60.9 33.2 2,897 6.7 222.8 18 4.2 18 4.2 76T 34 8 25 178 77.3
2003 CIN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 139 244 1.8 404 1.7 2.9 7 15 53 21.7 0 0 14
2014 ARI 1 4 4 29 7.3 29 0 12 1 25 0 0 0
2013 ARI 16 27 1.7 3 0.1 0.2 0 10 1 3.7 0 0 0
2012 OAK 15 18 1.2 36 2 2.4 1 9 7 38.9 0 0 2
2011 OAK 10 16 1.6 20 1.3 2 1 10 5 31.3 0 0 1
2010 CIN 16 32 2 50 1.6 3.1 0 9 6 18.8 0 0 4
2009 CIN 16 39 2.4 93 2.4 5.8 3 15 12 30.8 0 0 3
2008 CIN 4 6 1.5 38 6.3 9.5 0 15 2 33.3 0 0 0
2007 CIN 16 24 1.5 10 0.4 0.6 0 10 3 12.5 0 0 1
2006 CIN 16 26 1.6 37 1.4 2.3 0 11 6 23.1 0 0 2
2005 CIN 16 34 2.1 41 1.2 2.6 1 14 6 17.6 0 0 1
2004 CIN 13 18 1.4 47 2.6 3.6 1 14 4 22.2 0 0 0
2003 CIN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 139 17 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2014 ARI 1 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 ARI 16 2 1 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2012 OAK 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2011 OAK 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2010 CIN 16 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2009 CIN 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2008 CIN 4 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 CIN 16 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 CIN 16 3 3 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 CIN 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 CIN 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2003 CIN 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 139 58 27 0 15 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2014 ARI 1 1 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2013 ARI 16 6 3 0 1 -- 0 -- -- 1 0 0
2012 OAK 15 7 5 0 2 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2011 OAK 10 2 1 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2010 CIN 16 7 3 0 3 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2009 CIN 16 6 2 0 2 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2008 CIN 4 2 0 0 1 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2007 CIN 16 5 1 0 2 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2006 CIN 16 15 7 0 2 -- 0 -- -- 0 0 0
2005 CIN 16 5 2 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2004 CIN 13 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2003 CIN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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2010 HIGHLIGHTS: GENERAL: Eighth-year pro started every game and maintained his Bengals career leads in completion percentage (62.9), passer rating (86.9) and TD/INT ratio (1.5/1) ... Launched Bengals-record 586 passes, breaking Jon Kitna’s 581 total from 2001 ... His 362 completions ranked second in Bengals history, behind his own 373 from 2007 ... Now has the top three season completion totals in Bengals history, and raised his career total to 2024, passing Boomer Esiason (2015) and moving into second place on Bengals behind Ken Anderson (2654) ... Also claims top three passing yards seasons in Bengals history, after getting 3970 in ’10 to displace Boomer Esiason from third-place spot ... Passed 20,000 career passing yards Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay and now has 22,694, third in Bengals history behind Anderson and Esiason (27,149) ... Had 26 TDs and 20 INTs (tied career high for INTs) and finished season with passer rating of 82.4.

CARSON’S FINEST: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Palmer’s performance in a Dec. 26 win vs. San Diego “as fine a game as he’s ever played here,” and the NFL’s passer rating computer agreed. Palmer’s passing numbers (16-for-21 for 269 yards, four TDs and no INTs) crunched to a 157.2 rating, his career high for a game and just short of the highest possible score of 158.3. Palmer’s rating is the third-highest for a game (minimum 14 passes) in Bengals history. Ken Anderson and Jeff Blake each had a qualifying game of 158.3, Anderson in a win at Baltimore on Nov. 3, 1974 and Blake in a win at Pittsburgh on Oct. 19, 1995.

GAME-BY-GAME: On Sept. 12 at New England, completed 34-of-50 for 345 yards with two TDs and one INT … TD passes at New England were 28 yards to WR Chad Ochocinco and one yard TE Jermaine Gresham ... Completed 16-of-35 on Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, for 167 yards, with no TDs or INTs ... On Sept. 26 at Carolina, completed 19-of-37 for 195 yards with one TD and two INT … His seven-yard TD pass to Cedric Benson at Carolina pushed Bengals to 20-7 lead midway through fourth quarter … Led league in passing yards in Week 4, throwing for 371 on Oct. 3 at Cleveland with 25 completions in 36 attempts for-two TDs and no INTs ... First TD at Cleveland was career-long 78-yard TD strike to Terrell Owens, and he also threw three-yard TD to RB Brian Leonard on shovel pass … Had season-high 121.4 passer rating at Cleveland … Completed 21-of-36 on Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay for 206 yards with two TDs and three INTs … 43-yard TD to Owens vs. Tampa Bay gave Bengals 7-0 lead with 4:09 left in first quarter, and one-yard TD to Gresham pushed Bengals to 21-14 lead early in fourth quarter ... Completed 36-of-50 for 412 yards on Oct. 24 at Atlanta, most in NFL in Week 7 and second-most yards in his career behind 440 vs. San Diego in 2006 ... Had three TDs and no INTs at Atlanta, with passer rating of 118.1 … TD passes at Atlanta were 19 yards to Owens in third quarter, 64 yards to Jordan Shipley in third quarter and eight-yards to Ochocinco in fourth quarter ... Completed 17-of-38 for 156 yards, two TDs and one INT Oct. 31 vs. Miami (TDs of seven and 37 yards to Owens) ... Completed 22-of-36 for 248 yards with two TDs and one INT on Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, with TDs going 19 and 27 yards to Owens ... Had season-best 73.8 completion percentage (31-of-42) Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, for 292 yards with two TDs and three INTs … TDs at Indy were five yards in second quarter to Ochocinco and 19 yards in fourth to Gresham ... Completed 19-of-34 for 230 yards with two TDs and two INTs Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo … TD passes vs. Buffalo were two yards to Ochocinco in first quarter and four yards to Owens in second ... Held to season-low 135 yards Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, completing 17-of-38 with a five-yard TD pass to Jordan Shipley and two INTs ... Completed 23-of-33 for 249 yards with one TD and no INTs (101.7 passer rating) Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, and threw two-point conversion pass to Gresham ... TD pass vs. New Orleans was five-yarder to Owens ... Completed 20-of-32 for 178 yards with one TD and three INTs Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, his TD going one yard to T Andrew Whitworth, who had lined up as eligible receiver ... Completed 14-of-23 on Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland with no TDs or INTs (passer rating of 90.7), leading offense to season-best 38:03 possession time … Posted career-best passer rating of 157.2 on Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, completing 16-of-21 for 269 yards with four TDs and no INTs … TDs vs. San Diego were three yards to Gresham, 10 yards to Jerome Simpson, three yards to Shipley, and 59 yards to Simpson ... Completed 32-of-45 for 305 yards Jan. 2 at Baltimore, with 11-yard TD to Simpson and two INTs.

2010 HIGHLIGHTS: GENERAL: Eighth-year pro started every game and maintained his Bengals career leads in completion percentage (62.9), passer rating (86.9) and TD/INT ratio (1.5/1) ... Launched Bengals-record 586 passes, breaking Jon Kitna’s 581 total from 2001 ... His 362 completions ranked second in Bengals history, behind his own 373 from 2007 ... Now has the top three season completion totals in Bengals history, and raised his career total to 2024, passing Boomer Esiason (2015) and moving into second place on Bengals behind Ken Anderson (2654) ... Also claims top three passing yards seasons in Bengals history, after getting 3970 in ’10 to displace Boomer Esiason from third-place spot ... Passed 20,000 career passing yards Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay and now has 22,694, third in Bengals history behind Anderson and Esiason (27,149) ... Had 26 TDs and 20 INTs (tied career high for INTs) and finished season with passer rating of 82.4.

CARSON’S FINEST: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis called Palmer’s performance in a Dec. 26 win vs. San Diego “as fine a game as he’s ever played here,” and the NFL’s passer rating computer agreed. Palmer’s passing numbers (16-for-21 for 269 yards, four TDs and no INTs) crunched to a 157.2 rating, his career high for a game and just short of the highest possible score of 158.3. Palmer’s rating is the third-highest for a game (minimum 14 passes) in Bengals history. Ken Anderson and Jeff Blake each had a qualifying game of 158.3, Anderson in a win at Baltimore on Nov. 3, 1974 and Blake in a win at Pittsburgh on Oct. 19, 1995.

GAME-BY-GAME: On Sept. 12 at New England, completed 34-of-50 for 345 yards with two TDs and one INT … TD passes at New England were 28 yards to WR Chad Ochocinco and one yard TE Jermaine Gresham ... Completed 16-of-35 on Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, for 167 yards, with no TDs or INTs ... On Sept. 26 at Carolina, completed 19-of-37 for 195 yards with one TD and two INT … His seven-yard TD pass to Cedric Benson at Carolina pushed Bengals to 20-7 lead midway through fourth quarter … Led league in passing yards in Week 4, throwing for 371 on Oct. 3 at Cleveland with 25 completions in 36 attempts for-two TDs and no INTs ... First TD at Cleveland was career-long 78-yard TD strike to Terrell Owens, and he also threw three-yard TD to RB Brian Leonard on shovel pass … Had season-high 121.4 passer rating at Cleveland … Completed 21-of-36 on Oct. 10 vs. Tampa Bay for 206 yards with two TDs and three INTs … 43-yard TD to Owens vs. Tampa Bay gave Bengals 7-0 lead with 4:09 left in first quarter, and one-yard TD to Gresham pushed Bengals to 21-14 lead early in fourth quarter ... Completed 36-of-50 for 412 yards on Oct. 24 at Atlanta, most in NFL in Week 7 and second-most yards in his career behind 440 vs. San Diego in 2006 ... Had three TDs and no INTs at Atlanta, with passer rating of 118.1 … TD passes at Atlanta were 19 yards to Owens in third quarter, 64 yards to Jordan Shipley in third quarter and eight-yards to Ochocinco in fourth quarter ... Completed 17-of-38 for 156 yards, two TDs and one INT Oct. 31 vs. Miami (TDs of seven and 37 yards to Owens) ... Completed 22-of-36 for 248 yards with two TDs and one INT on Nov. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, with TDs going 19 and 27 yards to Owens ... Had season-best 73.8 completion percentage (31-of-42) Nov. 14 at Indianapolis, for 292 yards with two TDs and three INTs … TDs at Indy were five yards in second quarter to Ochocinco and 19 yards in fourth to Gresham ... Completed 19-of-34 for 230 yards with two TDs and two INTs Nov. 21 vs. Buffalo … TD passes vs. Buffalo were two yards to Ochocinco in first quarter and four yards to Owens in second ... Held to season-low 135 yards Nov. 25 at N.Y. Jets, completing 17-of-38 with a five-yard TD pass to Jordan Shipley and two INTs ... Completed 23-of-33 for 249 yards with one TD and no INTs (101.7 passer rating) Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, and threw two-point conversion pass to Gresham ... TD pass vs. New Orleans was five-yarder to Owens ... Completed 20-of-32 for 178 yards with one TD and three INTs Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh, his TD going one yard to T Andrew Whitworth, who had lined up as eligible receiver ... Completed 14-of-23 on Dec. 19 vs. Cleveland with no TDs or INTs (passer rating of 90.7), leading offense to season-best 38:03 possession time … Posted career-best passer rating of 157.2 on Dec. 26 vs. San Diego, completing 16-of-21 for 269 yards with four TDs and no INTs … TDs vs. San Diego were three yards to Gresham, 10 yards to Jerome Simpson, three yards to Shipley, and 59 yards to Simpson ... Completed 32-of-45 for 305 yards Jan. 2 at Baltimore, with 11-yard TD to Simpson and two INTs.

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009 - In season opener Sept. 13 vs. Denver, led 91-yard TD drive late in fourth quarter for 7-6 lead, only to see Broncos steal victory with deflected 87-yard TD pass with 0:11 to play … Posted 93.3 passer rating in win Sept. 20 at Green Bay, on 15-of-23 for 185 yards with three TDs and two INTs, and also scored third rushing TD of his career on one-yard sneak … On Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, helped Bengals gain commanding lead in division by directing an 18-12 win that included no turnovers and comeback from a 9-6 halftime deficit … On Nov. 29 vs. Cleveland, secured eventual winning points with TD pass to TE J.P. Foschi on a third-and goal play from Browns four … Threw 36-yard TD to Chad Ochocinco on Dec. 6 vs. Detroit, and led offense to third straight game of over 38:00 in possession time (38:48) … On Dec. 20 at San Diego, rushed to score the first two-point conversion of his career, and made a diving recovery of an Andre Caldwell fumble in fourth quarter, preserving FG drive that tied the game at 24-24 … In 17-10 division-clinching win Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, led 14-play, 98-yard drive late in fourth quarter, breaking 10-10 tie on six-yard pass to Ochocinco with 2:03 remaining … Passed 18-for-36 for 146-1-1 in Wild Card playoff 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets (TD was 11 yards to Laveranues Coles) … Sat out the final three preseason games, recovering from a sprained ankle suffered Aug. 14 at New Orleans.

2008 - Had a streak of 51 consecutive starts before missing Sept. 28 vs. Browns ... Held to 99 passing yards, third-lowest of his career, on Sept. 7 at Baltimore, completing 10-of-25 with no TDs and one INT ... Passed 16-for-27 Sept. 14 vs. Tennessee, for 134-0-2 ... Hit stride Sept. 21 at N.Y. Giants, posting 98.9 passer rating on 27-of-39 for 286 yards, with a 17-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and no INTs ... Also was 3-for-23 rushing at Giants ... On Oct. 5 at Dallas, completed 23-of-39 for 217 yards, with two TDs and one INT ... Both TD passes at Dallas were to Houshmandzadeh, covering 18 yards in third quarter and 10 yards in fourth quarter.

2007 - In season-opening win Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore, posted 100.3 rating, passing 20-of-32 for 194 yards with two TDs (39 yards to Chad Johnson and seven yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh) and no INTs ... On Sept. 23 at Seattle, passed 27-for-43 for 342 yards, his second-most passing yards of the season ... On Oct. 21 vs. N.Y. Jets, passed 14-for-21 for 226 in comeback victory ... Posted 102.2 rating on Oct. 28 vs. Pittsburgh, passing 23-for-31 for 205-1-0 ... Had 91.7 rating in win Nov. 11 at Baltimore, passing 23-for-34 for 271-0-0 ... His career-high 37 completions Nov. 18 vs. Arizona were second-most in Bengals history (Ken Anderson, 40), and came on tied-for-career-high 52 attempts, for 324 yards with two TDs and four INTs ... Posted 113.0 rating Nov. 25 vs. Tennessee, passing 32-for-38 for 283-3-1, with career-high 84.2 completion percentage ... All three TD passes vs. Tennessee were to Chad Johnson (10-yarder in second quarter, two-yarder in third quarter and three-yarder in fourth quarter) ... On Dec. 2 at Pittsburgh, held to a career-low 38.6 completion percentage, going 17-for-44 ... Posted 97.8 rating Dec. 15 at San Francisco, with a 52-yard TD to Chris Henry ... Passed 11-for-21 for season-low 115 yards Dec. 23 vs. Cleveland, but had five-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the win ... Finished season Dec. 30 at Miami with his highest passer rating of year (121.4), going 23-for-32 for 316-3-1, including season-long TD pass of 70 yards to Chad Johnson in second quarter ... His other two TD passes at Miami were two yards to Chad Johnson in first quarter and four yards to Antonio Chatman in second quarter.

2006 - Posted three straight passer ratings of 120 or more in Games 9-11, first career instance of even two straight games over 120 ... Had a streak of 153 consecutive passes without an INT, dating from second half of Sept. 24 Pittsburgh game through end of Oct. 29 Atlanta contest ... On Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh, tied his career high with four TDs (tied for AFC high for the season), passing 18-of-26 for 193 yards, with two INTs ... TD passes at Pittsburgh were 16 and three yards to Chris Henry in second quarter, and nine and 30 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in fourth quarter ... On Oct. 22 vs. Carolina, led an 86-yard, 13-play TD drive in the fourth quarter, bringing Bengals back from 14-10 deficit for 17-14 win ... Winning drive vs. Carolina featured a fourth-and-one gamble, with a 32-yard completion to Chad Johnson to the Panthers 3-yard line ... On Nov. 12 vs. San Diego, posted career highs in passing yards (440) and completions (31), and was on throwing end as Chad Johnson posted Bengals-record 260 receiving yards, including 74-yard TD catch that was Bengals longest scrimmage play of year ... On Nov. 19 at New Orleans, threw 14-for-22 for 275-3-1, with all three TDs to Chad Johnson - 41 yards in first quarter, 60 yards in fourth quarter and four yards in fourth quarter ... On Nov. 26 at Cleveland, passed 25-of-32 for 275-3-1, posting season-best completion percentage of 78.1 ... In win Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, got Bengals' lone TD on 40-yard flea-flicker pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, as RB Rudi Johnson took a handoff and pitched back to Palmer before the pass ... On Dec. 24 at Denver, threw 10-yard TD pass to Houshmandzadeh with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter, apparently for a tying TD, but Bengals failed to convert PAT and lost, 24-23 ... Threw a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes Dec. 31 vs. Pittsburgh, both times overcoming Steelers leads, but Steelers eventually won in overtime.

2005 - Named by the NFL as AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, when he led the team to a 3-0 record while posting a 114.0 passer rating (69-of-97, 71.1 percent, for 786-8-2) ... For the season, his 1013 snaps played ranked third on the offense and was 95.0 percent of the team total ... Opened season Sept. 11 at Cleveland with 26-for-34 passing for 280-2-1, with TD passes of 20 yards in second quarter to WR Kevin Walter and 18 yards in third quarter to FB Jeremi Johnson ... On Sept. 18 vs. Minnesota, was 27-of-40 for season-high 337 yards with three TDs and one INT, including 70-yard TD pass to WR Chad Johnson on game's second scrimmage play ... On Sept. 25 at Chicago, posted a season-high 130.3 passer rating, completing 16-of-23 for 169-3-0 ... Posted 107.0 passer rating Oct. 2 vs. Houston, and led 13-play, 61-yard drive for go-ahead FG in fourth quarter ... On Oct.16 at Tennessee, posted career-high 81.8 completion percentage (27-of-33) ... His 100.2 passer rating Nov. 20 vs. Indianapolis included 68-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson in first quarter ... Logged a 124.6 passer rating Nov. 27 vs. Baltimore, with 54-yarder to Chad Johnson among his three TD throws ... Had 101.5 rating in crucial win Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, passing 22-for-38 for 227-3-0 ... TD passes at Pittsburgh were 43 yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in first quarter, one yard to TE Reggie Kelly in second and six yards to Houshmandzadeh in second ... On Dec. 11 vs. Cleveland, had four-yard TD pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh on third-and-goal play in third quarter, and led 12-play drive that consumed final 4:19 for game-winning FG at the gun ... Threw for three TDs in division-clinching win Dec. 18 at Detroit, giving him team-record 30 for the season (breaking Ken Anderson mark of 29) ... Had 41-yard TD pass to Chad Johnson Dec. 24 vs. Buffalo ... Suffered slight groin pull late in the Buffalo game, but came back to start Jan. 1 at Kansas City ... Groin pull was not a factor at K.C., but Palmer played in only the first two offensive series, as numerous starters were rested in that game ... In Wild Card playoff 1-8-06 vs. Pittsburgh, played only two snaps before suffering knee injury, completing his only pass for 66 yards to Chris Henry on the play on which he was injured.

2004 - Made his regular-season playing debut, following his inactive rookie season, and took every offensive snap until he was sidelined by a knee ligament strain in Game 13, Dec. 12 at New England ... Did not play in Games 14-16 (designated the inactive third QB) ... In the first 13 games, showed tremendous progress as the season went on, posting a 96.9 passer rating in his last six games after scoring 62.6 for his first seven games ... Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading 27-26 comeback win Dec. 5 at Baltimore, in which he threw three TD passes in fourth quarter ... Also led a fourth-quarter comeback in 58-48 win Nov. 28 vs. Cleveland, and led a tie-breaking FG drive in final minutes of Sunday nighter Sept. 19 vs. Miami (his first NFL win) ... For the season, completed 263-of-432 passes (60.9 percent) for 2897 yards, 18 TDs and 18 INTs ... Posted a 105.2 passer rating in NFL debut Sept. 12 at N.Y. Jets ... His first TD pass was six-yarder to RB Kenny Watson in third quarter at N.Y. ... Directed second national prime time win of the season in Monday night action Oct. 25 vs. Denver, completing 12-of-21 for 198-1-1, including a pair of 50-yard completions to WR Chad Johnson ... Scored his first NFL TD in Nov. 7 win vs. Dallas, on a two-yard bootleg for game's final scoring play, and had his longest pro completion when he connected with TE Matt Schobel for 76-yard score that put Bengals ahead of Cowboys 16-3 in third quarter ... Threw career-high four TD passes in win Nov. 28 vs. Cleveland ... On Dec. 5 at Baltimore, posted career highs in completions (29) and passing yards (382).

2003 - Drafted by Bengals in first round (No. 1 overall) ... Signed April 24, two days prior to draft ... Was inactive as the designated third QB in Games 1-5 ... Was No. 2 QB in Games 6-12 ... Returned to third QB role for Games 13-16, as coaches wanted veteran Shane Matthews available in No. 2 spot for team's late-season playoff bid ... In preseason, Palmer led the Bengals in passes (54), completions (37) and yards (451), with four TDs and four INTs ... Compiled an 87.8 preseason passer rating.

COMEBACK WINS IN ’09: In each of last season’s first three AFC North Division games, Palmer led the Bengals from fourth-quarter deficits to victories … On Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh, led TD drives of 85 and 71 yards in final period as Bengals rallied from 20-9 deficit to 23-20 win … Winning TD pass vs. Pittsburgh was four-yarder to WR Andre Caldwell with 0:14 to play, and after going ahead 21-20, Bengals scored two-point conversion on Palmer pass to RB Brian Leonard … On Oct. 4 at Cleveland, Palmer led 70-yard drive for tying TD in regulation (two-yard pass to Chad Ochocinco), and in overtime, he directed 67-yard drive for winning 31-yard FG … In 17-14 win on Oct. 11 at Baltimore, Palmer drove offense 80 yards in 11 plays for TD at 0:22 to erase 14-10 deficit … Winning score at Baltimore came on 20-yard pass to Caldwell.

CAREER FOURTH-QUARTER RALLIES: Palmer has 10 career wins in which he has led the team back from a deficit in the fourth quarter. The list:

Date Opponent *Deficit Final score
11-28-04 CLEVELAND 44-48 Bengals, 58-48
12-5-04 @Baltimore 3-20 Bengals, 27-26
10-16-05 @Tennessee 17-20 Bengals, 31-23
9-24-06 @Pittsburgh 14-17 Bengals, 28-20
10-22-06 CAROLINA 10-14 Bengals, 17-14
9-10-07 BALTIMORE 19-20 Bengals, 27-20
10-21-07 N.Y. JETS 17-23 Bengals, 38-31
9-27-09 PITTSBURGH 9-20 Bengals, 23-20
10-4-09 @Cleveland 14-20 Bengals, 23-20 (OT)
10-11-09 @Baltimore 10-14 Bengals, 17-14
*Bengals’ largest deficit in 4th quarter

5-and-0: Palmer posted a career-high 146.7 passer rating in Cincinnati’s 45-10 win on Oct. 25 of last season vs. Chicago. He completed 20 of 24 passes (83.3 percent) for 233 yards, with five TDs and no INTs. The five TDs were the second-most of his career, and his plus-five differential on TDs-INTs was the best of his career, tying a club-best posted only once previously (Boomer Esiason vs. Tampa Bay in 1989). Palmer’s performance earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

THREAT ON THE GROUND: Palmer scored three rushing TDs in the 2009 regular season, one more than he had tallied in 65 career games entering ’09. His rushing total of 93 yards was a career high. He made the key gain of the Bengals’ overtime FG drive Oct. 4 at Cleveland when he scrambled for 15 yards to Browns 26 on a fourth-and-11 play. On Oct. 11 at Baltimore, he had a six-yard run on fourth-and-one during game-winning TD drive.

FIFTH FASTEST: Only four QBs in NFL history have needed fewer games than Palmer to reach 100 career TD passes. Palmer threw his 100th on Dec. 15, 2007 at San Francisco, reaching the century mark in his 59th game. The only four passers to reach 100 more quickly would make a good start on a passers’ hall of fame. They are Dan Marino (44 games), Kurt Warner (50), Johnny Unitas (53) and Peyton Manning (56). When Palmer got his 100th, he nudged Brett Favre and Daunte Culpepper (each at 62 games) out of a tie for fifth place.

PALMER’S BENGALS RECORDS CHECK: Entering his eighth Bengals season, Palmer holds the following official club records:
» CAREER—Completion percentage (63.2), passer rating (87.9) and TD/INT ratio (1.6/1).
» SEASON—Completions (373 in ’07), passing yards (4131 in ’07), TD passes (32 in ’05) and passer rating (101.1 in ’05); Palmer also is tied for most 300-yard passing games in a season (five in ’07).
» GAME—TD passes (six on 9-16-07 at Cleveland).

MORE ON PALMER RECORDS: 2007—His club-record 373 completions broke his own mark of 345 from 2005 … His club-record 4131 passing yards broke mark of 4035 he had set in ’06 … His six TD passes at Cleveland surpassed record of five that had been set twice by Boomer Esiason. 2006—Became first Bengal to pass for 4000 yards, finishing at 4035 to top previous Bengals season mark of 3959 by Boomer Esiason in 1986. 2005—His NFL-leading 32 TD passes broke Bengals season record of 29 set by Ken Anderson in 1981 … His 345 completions (later surpassed) broke Bengals mark of 326 set by Jeff Blake in 1995 … Posted Bengals record for season passer rating (101.1), topping Ken Anderson mark of 98.4 in 1981 … His league-leading plus-20 differential between TD passes and INTs (32-12) bettered previous Bengals mark of plus-19 by Ken Anderson in ’81 (29-10) … Tied NFL record with nine consecutive games of 100-plus passer rating (streak covered his last three games of ’04 and first six of ’05) … Tied NFL record for most 100-plus passer ratings in a season (11).

COLLEGE: Won the 2002 Heisman Trophy at Southern California, leading the Trojans to 11-2 record, including 38-17 Orange Bowl win over Iowa ... Played 53 games with 45 starts at USC, competing over five seasons (1998-2002) because of injury-shortened '99 campaign that counted as a redshirt year ... As a senior, set USC season records for completions (309), passing yards (3942) and TD passes (33), and threw only 10 INTs ... Left college as the Pac-10 Conference's all-time leader in passing yards (11,818), completions (927) and total offense (11,621) ... His 72 career TD passes set a USC record ... Led Trojans to wins in the last eight games of his senior season, with the team averaging 41.5 points per game during that stretch ... Threw at least two TD passes in nine straight games as a senior ... As a sophomore in 1999, Palmer led USC to victories in its first two games, but suffered broken right collarbone just before halftime of Game 3, Sept. 25 at Oregon ... He was sidelined for remainder of the '99 season, which was allowed to count for him as a redshirt year ... His four starts in 1998 made him only the second true freshman to start a game at QB for the storied USC program (joined Rob Johnson, who started one game in '91).

CARSON AND ARCHIE: Palmer was the second Heisman Trophy winner drafted by the Bengals. The first was Ohio State RB Archie Griffin, a two-time Heisman winner. Griffin was the No. 24 overall pick in the 1976 NFL Draft, the second of two first-rounders by Cincinnati. He played eight seasons (1976-83) for the Bengals, rushing for 2808 yards and catching 192 passes for 1607 yards.

HALFWAY TO A MILLION: Palmer and his wife, Shaelyn, established the Carson Palmer Foundation in 2004, with the mission of supporting children’s charities in both his hometown community and his NFL home city. The Palmers have donated both time and money to the Foundation, focusing on helping abused and abandoned children in the Cincinnati and Orange County (Calif.) areas. Through the Foundation annual charity events, more than $550,000 has been raised for Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati and for Hillview Acres Children’s Home in California.

PERSONAL: Hometown is Mission Viejo, Calif. … Attended Santa Margarita High School (in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), where as a senior in 1997 he passed for 31 TDs and just four INTs, leading his team to a 14-0 record and its second consecutive state championship … Set 27 school records in high school … Married (wife Shaelyn), with two children … Hobbies include golf and fishing … Younger brother, Jordan, played QB at Texas-El Paso and is entering his third Bengals season in 2010.

 

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