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A healthy Carson Palmer might have been the best QB in the NFC West in 2014

The notion isn't crazy.

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In a recent article, I wrote this, "a healthy Carson Palmer for 16 games, playing the way he did last season in his six games would probably put him ahead of Russell Wilson." The context was in putting together an all-NFC West offensive team. Wilson, naturally was the pick.

But let's look at Carson Palmer's numbers through six games and extrapolate them over 16 games.

In six games, Palmer completed almost 63 percent of his passes for 1626 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. That was good for a passer rating of 95.6.

Now, my declaration was that a healthy Palmer could play the way he had.

Over 16 games this would have been his line -- over 4300 yards passing, 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Wilson completed 63 percent of his passes for 3475 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His passer rating was 95.0.

Look at those numbers, who would you think is the better quarterback?

This doesn't take anything away from Wilson. He is a fantastic talent. However, we all know he is asked to do less offensively. He also wins games for his team with big plays.

But if had been healthy all season and had played the way he did in the six game he did start, would it be too crazy to think he might be the QB of an all-NFC West offensive team? I should think not.

While some might still say Wilson, shouldn't Palmer at least be in the conversation?