Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer and Darren McFadden Ready for Playoff Run

Now that quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Darren McFadden are finally playing together, they are ready to lead the Oakland Raiders to the NFL playoffs this season.

Palmer joined the team before last year's Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and was thrown into the mix right away. After being picked off three times in his first half with the team, he got a bye week to begin to learn the offense.

The team failed to make the playoffs last season under Palmer, but it's poised to make the postseason this year. 

Oakland will benefit from having its two star players on the field at the same time.

Last year, Palmer and McFadden never played a game together. McFadden missed the final 11 weeks with an injury. He will try to stay healthy and help the team compete in the division.

With Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning in the division, the AFC West will be one of the toughest divisions to win. McFadden will be the key for the Raiders this season.

The quarterback and running back are beginning to develop chemistry together, and it will be an explosive offense when they begin to click.


Carson Palmer

According to ESPN.com, Palmer went only two games without throwing an interception with Oakland. A lot of that was due to him trying to learn the system quickly.

The 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions thrown marked the first time in his career in which he threw more picks than scores. In 2012, he will benefit from a full offseason to learn the new system. 

Palmer has had several months to work with his receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore both benefited from the new quarterback last season, and they will continue to put up big numbers.

Moore has the speed to get behind defenders, and Palmer throws a great deep ball. That combination will lead to many big plays for the Oakland offense.


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