7. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Go figure when it comes to Palmer. He followed one of the best regular seasons in recent NFL quarterbacking history with perhaps the ugliest two-week playoff meltdown in memory. His epic six-turnover performance against Carolina in the NFC title game left you with the distinct impression that he folded under pressure, and nothing he accomplishes this year will truly matter unless he conquers his postseason demons. That said, Palmer played at an MVP level for the Cardinals and was as consistently productive on a week-to-week basis as any quarterback in the league. Was that a career year aberration? We’re about to find out in Arizona, where Palmer’s bounce-back from January will be the story of the year.