Hot, cold or lukewarm, QB Carson Palmer has gone 5-0 as a starter for the Cardinals this season as they rise to 7-1.
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The battle between the two NFC powerhouses, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, was a little anti-climactic with Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weeden taking over for an injured Tony Romo. The Cardinals have been on a roll with QB Carson Palmer, who has started and won all 5 of his games this season. Even their backup QB Drew Stanton was able to eke out a 2-1 record in the three games he started in relief for the injured Palmer at the start of the season – with the lone loss being against the Denver Broncos offensive juggernaut.
With a 7-1 record the Cardinals currently have the NFL’s best record. And with a great defense that shut down RB DeMarco Murray and locked down All-Pro WR Dez Bryant, the Cardinals have proven that they may not only be the best team in the NFC West, but possibly in the entire NFL.
Here are the five biggest winners from NFL Week 9:
New England Patriots – Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning. There is no longer any question. Brady may not have the best team and may not make it to the AFC Championship game, but history will in all likelihood acknowledge him as the better QB.
Cincinnati Bengals – At 5-2-1 the Bengals are back on top in the division and still have games to play against all of their opponents. But with the way the AFC North has been beating up on itself, the Bengals may not even need to win all of those games to clinch the division anymore.
Pittsburgh Steelers – All of those people calling for Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley to be fired have gone completely silent now that QB Ben Roethlisberger has become the first player in NFL history with back-to-back 6 TD games. Haley probably owes Big Ben a big beer.
Arizona Cardinals – They got the best possible time to face the Cowboys with Romo injured, but don’t forget that even the Cardinals only had one loss while starting three games with their backup QB. Arizona vs. Seattle will truly be a sight to see.
Philadelphia Eagles – The loss of QB Nick Foles is troubling, but QB Mark Sanchez is one of the only backup QBs in the league with great playoff experience and a history of late-game heroics. As Chip Kelly said, the Eagles won’t miss a beat.