NFL: Have No Fear! Drew Stanton is Here!
The Arizona Cardinals are now 8-1, but they do not have starting quarterback Carson Palmer? What do they do? Will Palmer’s absence ruin the Cardinals’ season? Should Cardinals’ fans freak out?
Carson Palmer is out for the season, after tearing his left ACL against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday. Palmer dropped back into the pocket and safety T.J. McDonald sacked him by pulling his right shoulder down causing him to fall awkwardly thus causing his torn ACL.
This injury will make the 34 year old quarterback miss the rest of the season, and to literally add insult to injury for the Cardinals organization, is that they just signed Palmer to a three year $50 million extension.
But Arizona fans should not worry, because their back up quarterback is Drew Stanton. Stanton came into the game last Sunday when they were down by four points, and on the very first drive that he was in, he threw a bomb down the middle of the field to rookie wide receiver John Brown for a touchdown. The Cardinals ended up winning the game 31-14.
This is not Stanton’s first time seeing the field this season. He started three games in the earlier in the year due to nerve damage in Palmer’s shoulder. He went 2-1 with his only loss coming from the Denver Broncos, but during those three games Stanton has thrown for 529 yards with 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Although Stanton does not throw for many yards or touchdowns, there are two key components behind him to help the team continue to win games.
The first factor is their work-horse of a running back Andre Ellington. Only in his second season Ellington will most likely see more carries and passes thrown his way in the weeks to come. The dual-threat running back has five total touchdowns and has a total of 914 all-purpose yards.
Probably the biggest factor for the Cardinals to be successful for the rest of their season is their defense. With one of the best defenses in the league and stepping up with a pick six and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown when the team was in need on Sunday, shows how good the team can actually be.
So should Cardinals fans freak out? Will Palmer’s absence ruin the Cardinals’ season? The answer is no. Even though they might not be the same team, they will be a powerhouse, they will still win games, make the playoffs, and maybe even more.