Raiders bet the house on Palmer

Playoffs hopes required them to act -- and act fast -- after Campbell's injury

Originally Published: October 18, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

If this were Vegas, Hue Jackson would be seen pushing all his chips into the middle of the table and saying, "Let's go for it."

Call Tuesday's acquisition of Carson Palmer the Raiders' ultimate "Commitment to Excellence." Once Jason Campbell broke his collarbone Sunday, effectively ending his season, the Raiders realized their 4-2 start could fizzle with Kyle Boller as the starter.

But clearly, no one saw this coming. The Raiders were cruising through the easy portion of their schedule, ...

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