Palmer named NFC offensive POW

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For the first time in four years, Carson Palmer was recognized by the NFL for his play on the field.

The Cardinals quarterback was named the NFC offensive player of the week on Wednesday, a few days after leading Arizona to a 40-11 win over the Indianapolis Colts. It was the team's fourth straight victory. Palmer threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-37 passing. And for the second straight game, he didn't throw an interception.

It's the third player of the week honor of Palmer's career and his first since 2009.

Palmer is the sixth Cardinals quarterback to win the awards, joining Neil Lomax, Kent Graham, Boomer Esiason, Jake Plummer and Kurt Warner.

During the Cardinals' four-game winning streak -- the second longest in the NFL behind the Seattle Seahawks' -- Palmer has thrown less but is more accurate. The most telling stat, however, is how drastically his interceptions have dropped. After throwing almost two per game through the first seven, the second most in the NFL during that stretch, Palmer has been picked off just twice in four games.