Anyone who was concerned about the arm strength of Carson Palmer shouldn’t worry.
Since he became the Raiders’ starter in Week 9, Palmer has been one of the more successful deep passers in the NFL. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Palmer has completed nine throws of 21-plus yards. Only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton (who replaced Palmer), with 10 each, have completed more passes on such throws during that span.
Meanwhile, one of Palmer’s favorite deep targets in Oakland, rookie Denarius Moore, is one of six receivers in the NFL this season who have not dropped a pass, according to Stats & Info.
The fifth-round pick has been targeted 53 times and has 24 catches without a drop. Expect Palmer to try to find Moore as much as possible Sunday at Miami as the 7-4 Raiders try to improve to 5-1 on the road. Oakland hasn’t had a winning record on the road since 2002, the last time it made the playoffs.