Carson Palmer Out For Third Straight Game, Drew Stanton To Start In Week 5

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | 0

Carson Palmer

Following the announcement that starter Carson Palmer has been declared inactive with an ongoing should injury, Arizona Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton will start his third straight game this Sunday (October 5, 2014) when the Denver Broncos head into Phoenix.

Palmer was thought to be making progress towards a return, but earlier this week he flew to Los Angeles to have a nerve doctor give him a further diagnosis that reportedly revealed a setback. It was quite the disappointing news as Palmer undoubtedly gives the Cardinals a better chance to score on offense.

In his only two starts this year, Stanton has only connected on 32 of his 62 passes for 411 yards and two touchdowns, a lowly 51.6% completion rate. The good news is that the Cardinals are only one of two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL.

Palmer had a solid if not spectacular season in 2013, throwing for over 4,000 yards and developing a rapport with rising wide receiver Michael Floyd. Longtime star wideout Larry Fitzgerald has been suffering quite a steep decline, however, a dynamic that has only been hastened by Stanton stepping in as starter.

But the Cards have mostly been able to win with stifling defense that suffocates the run and dares opponents to throw on their top-level secondary. With shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson leading the way, that’s an extremely difficult proposition to carry out.

However, the Cardinals’ defense will be put to the full test when Peyton Manning and the rest of the dangerous Denver offense show up ready to play on Sunday. Stanton has been an effective game manager in his two appearances, but he’s been erratic, as well.

The Cardinals are set for success in the tough NFC West division, but how much longer can they keep winning tough games without their starting signal caller?

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