3. Pick Off Palmer
It’s quite clear when watching Arizona Cardinals games that starting quarterback Carson Palmer is not the passer we saw in the 2015 and one of the biggest issues this season that Palmer has encountered is a knack for throwing interceptions.
So far on the season, Palmer has tossed 10 interceptions in 10 games played this season after throwing just 11 all of last season. In his last three games against Carolina, San Francisco, and Minnesota, Palmer has thrown five interceptions. To put that in perspective, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has tossed five interceptions all season.
Palmer also has a four interception day in week three on the road against Buffalo. As a matter of fact, the Cardinals have only participated in the three road games this season and the veteran quarterback has thrown seven of those interceptions in those contests.
So the point has now been embedded within your mind that the opportunities to get the Cardinals offense off their game is to force the talented but inconsistent Palmer into throwing interceptions. Cornerback Robert Alford and rookie linebacker Deion Jones are tied for the team lead in interceptions and with a Cardinals offense that is predicated off multiple receiver sets, the opportunities will be there for Trufant, rookie slot corner Brian Poole, and at times corner Jalen Collins.