"I remember vividly games that I thought we had won and Carson Palmer got into a groove and torched us," Ravens linebacker
As the starting quarterback of the
On Sunday, he'll return to M&T Bank Stadium with a young offense that could be without its top two running backs —
"Obviously he's with a new cast of guys. I don't mean to be [dismissive], but who cares what he's done with Cincinnati? This guy is going to come in here ready," Ravens safety
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has watched Palmer extensively on film this week and said that he didn't see a quarterback "that's maybe diminished a little bit. … I don't see a lot of difference now in Carson Palmer than when we used to play him."
Palmer, who was traded to the Raiders last season after he decided he'd rather sit out of football than play for the Bengals, is 10th in the
"Obviously, the [Raiders'] offensive coordinator believes in Carson Palmer's ability to throw the ball and be effective and be as accurate as possible," Ravens cornerback
Williams, who was in his first full season with the organization in 2010 when the Ravens last faced a Palmer-led offense, said that the quarterback's past against the team means nothing and he barely remembers facing Palmer.
It's not that Palmer's statistics against the Ravens are overwhelming. He's averaged 246.3 yards passing in 13 games. He's completed 61 percent of his passes, compiled an 84.5 quarterback rating and tossed 15 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions.
However, he has shown a knack for delivering against the Ravens in big moments. In his first year as the Bengals' starter in 2004, Palmer threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes — two to Johnson and one to Houshmandzadeh — and for 382 yards to help the Bengals overcome a 20-3 deficit and beat the Ravens in an early December game.
He also threw a game-winning touchdown pass to
"As you know, he's not going to be intimidated by the environment. He's been here many times," Ravens coach