Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer is quick to take blame for most anything, even when it’s obvious that he’s not at fault.
On Sunday, there was no mistaking that Palmer deserved the lion’s share of the blame for the Raiders losing to the Cleveland Browns 20-17 at the rain-soaked Coliseum.
A poorly thrown pass by Palmer early in the fourth quarter ended a promising Raiders drive and kick-started a game-clinching touchdown drive by the Browns.
“We can’t turn the ball over like that,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ve got all the momentum, we’re moving the ball, and we can’t have that self-inflicted wound right there. If it’s not there, we’ve got to get rid of it, but we can’t make that mistake.”
Palmer lofted a pass for rookie receiver Juron Criner down the left sideline, with cornerback Sheldon Brown running step for step with Criner.
By the time Criner turned for the ball, Brown was in position to make the easy catch.
“I was trying to take a shot there, go for the touchdown quickly,” Palmer said, “and just didn’t put the ball in the right spot, didn’t give Juron a chance to make a play on the ball.” Source: Oakland Tribune