Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 12/27/11

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Anthony Collins #73 jumps on Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals after Palmer rushed in for a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 22, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Since being acquired in October, Carson Palmer has shown flashes of brilliance offset by moments of mediocrity. Since Palmer became the starter at quarterback on Nov. 6 – following the season-ending injury to Jason Campbell – the Raiders are 4-4 and he’s thrown 11 touchdown passes vs. 12 interceptions. Some games he’s looked like the game-changing QB head coach Hue Jackson said he was getting, the one who would push the Raiders over the top and into the playoffs. At other times, Palmer has looked like an interception machine. Now the Raiders face a must-win game Sunday at O.co Coliseum against the Chargers. Oakland, 8-7, must beat the Chargers and hope the Broncos lose to the Chiefs in order to win the AFC West. Or, the Raiders must beat San Diego and hope for some help in order to earn a wild-card spot. Either way, the Raiders will need the “good” Palmer to show up against the Chargers, the one who completed 14-of-20 passes for 299 yards and two TDs in a 24-17 victory in San Diego ...
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