OAKLAND (CBS Sports) – The Carson Palmer era is underway already. The newly-acquired quarterback will reportedly start for the Raiders this Sunday.
Palmer was traded from Cincinnati to Oakland on Tuesday for a pair of early-round picks (at least a 2012 first-rounder) and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Raiders will give Palmer the start against the Chiefs in Week 7, just five days after acquiring him.
The decision to roll with Palmer is interesting, albeit not shocking. The quarterback depth chart for the Raiders, sans Palmer, looks like this: Kyle Boller, Terrelle Pryor, Shane Lechler.
Palmer’s familiar with Hue Jackson’s scheme as he worked with Jackson in Cincinnati, and Palmer will get three days to work with the first-team offense. Additionally, the Raiders have a guy that’s arguably the best running back in the NFL in Darren McFadden leading the NFL’s second-best rushing attack, as Oakland averages 160 rushing yards per game.
The Chiefs, on the other hand, surrender 119.6 rushing yards per game (21st in the NFL).
Ultimately, the Raiders decision hinges on this: does Palmer, with a limited playbook and only five days to get integrated with their team, give them a better chance to win against Kansas City than Boller does?
Jackson clearly believes that he does.
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