You know how we LOVE totally misleading stats that are presented with absolutely no context. Like this totally misleading Aaron Rodgers’ stat right here.
Well, someone has given us a gem about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer.
Ready for it?
Carson Pamer is only QB left in playoffs never to have won a playoff game. He torched Packers for 238 yards in 1H of 38-8 Week 16 Cards win.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) January 14, 2016
Carson Palmer has NEVER won a playoff game. He’s totally going DOWN!
Here’s the thing about that stat right there.
Carson Palmer has played in just two playoff games in his entire career.
How can that be, you say?
He’s been in the league since 1987!
Well, not quite, but he has been in the league for a while. Twelve years, to be exact.
He spent seven of those years with the Cincinnati Buttholes, two with the Oakland Raiders and now three with the Cardinals. So that should answer your inquiry right there.
The Buttholes don’t win in the playoffs, the Raiders don’t make the playoffs and Palmer missed most of 2014, so he didn’t play with the Cardinals in the playoffs. This weekend will mark Palmer’s third playoff start overall and first with the Cardinals.
Palmer’s previous two playoff contests were following the 2005 and 2009 seasons, both with Cincinnati.
In the first, Palmer completed his only pass before getting knocked from the game with a busted knee. That turned into a 31-17 Steelers’ win. In the second, he went 18-of-36 for 146 yards, one touchdown and one interception. That was a 24-14 Jets’ win.
So you want another true, but completely misleading statement?
Carson Palmer is a terrible playoff quarterback!
Statistically true, but based on just a one-game sample size.
You’re here looking for a positive for the Green Bay Packers, though. Well, despite being around since ’87, Palmer is still an inexperienced playoff quarterback.
In fact, even though he’s four years younger, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played in 11 more playoff games than Palmer has.
So there you go.
Statistics are only wrong 50% of the time….
Actually Vin Scully said it way better than I could ever…
“Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.”
I’ll be drinking w a flashlight before the game….
Palmer is 36 guys, he’s generally not looked at as being a top tier qb, he’s also dinged up, and he doesn’t have a lot of experience in these types of games. There is a hell of a good chance to see a meltdown from him tomorrow.
Being able to overcome the negatives of past failures triumphantly is the sign of a competent, confident QB who is capable of becoming SB champion material. Whether Carson Palmer is that guy, is yet to be seen. Will he be able to step up and get the job done? I hope not. But sometimes, some people do their best work under immense pressure. Like our very own Aaron Rodgers. For instance look how many times Rodgers has brought the Packers out of the crapper. I would list them all. But then I would have to apologize to packattack for being too windy. :)
The Packers lost against the Cardinals in the last game first because of lack of pass protection for Rodgers, but the other big reason was lack of a pass rush on Carson Palmer. The Packers must get a strong pass rush right up the middle if they are going to win this game.
Palmer may be on the verge of going down for the long count after one hard sack.
welcome to playoff roulette guys!