Thursday, September 20, 2012

Palmer prepares for familiar foe in Steelers

By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange
Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer (3) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Carson Palmer brings an AFC North rivalry to the West Coast Sunday when the Raiders play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It's doubtful Palmer will have any better understanding of an opposing defense than he does this week, given the 12 regular-season games since 2004 he has played against the Steelers while a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

"There's some different pieces to the puzzle, but it's really the same scheme," Palmer said. "There's always a new wrinkle or two each week. But as far as preparing for a fist fight in the trenches, battles on the outside, getting rid of the ball on time and finding ways to run the ball, it's the way you prepare for them every time."

Palmer is 4-8 against Pittsburgh as a starter, with the most success coming in a two-game sweep of the Steelers in 2009.

His 12-game statistics, not surprisingly, are below his career norms against a team that historically has one of the NFL's top defenses.

Palmer has completed 57.1 percent of his passes (234-for-410) for 2,402 yards, 17 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a 76.7 passer rating.

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