Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/20/14
What was becoming evident throughout the first half of the season is now patently obvious. As much as running back Darren McFadden was touted as the player whose success was most important to the team, it's clear the Raiders will rise or fall with quarterback Carson Palmer. Now that McFadden and backup Mike Goodson both have high ankle sprains, with their status for Sunday's road game against the Baltimore Ravens very much in doubt, the Raiders may have to rely even more on the pass. The optimist would say that gives Palmer a chance to do even more in what could be a record-setting season in terms of passing production. The pessimist would counter that it gives Palmer many more chances to make a crucial mistake with the game on the line. Raiders fans have always been hard on their quarterbacks -- they merely tolerated Rich Gannon when he was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2002 even though he set a franchise record with 4,689 passing yards -- so there is some discontent ...
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