Palmer starts slow in Sept., thrives in Nov.

April, 25, 2014
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With the Arizona Cardinals' schedule not even 48 hours old, it’s been dissected almost every way possible.

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Let’s add another.

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer has a winning record throughout his career in two of the five months he’s played a regular-season game in. Palmer is 15-14 in September and 19-16 in November. But Cardinals’ fans shouldn’t frown.

The Cards have five 2014 games in November, a month in which Palmer has historically peaked. He has completed 64.7 percent of his passes in November, and has thrown 63 touchdowns compared to 40 interceptions. According to a month-by-month breakdown of Palmer's stats, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, he's gradually improved until November and then fell off a little in December.

But the month Arizona will need him the most is December, when three of the Cardinals’ four games are against NFC West foes. In December, Palmer has gone 17-19 with his highest monthly completion percentage: 67.7. He’s thrown for 8,452 yards, 54 touchdowns and 40 interceptions.

Thankfully for Arizona, its regular-season schedule doesn’t stretch into 2015.

Palmer has lost all four of his regular-season games in January, throwing three touchdowns to just four interceptions and hasn’t even thrown 1,000 yards total after the New Year.

Josh Weinfuss

ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter

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