Jake Plummer
Palmer Carries Bengals

This has the look of a changing-of-the-guard year for two prominent pro quarterbacks, young Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals and aging Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. For if Palmer wins next Sunday in Baltimore, as many analysts expect, the Bengals will be one of only three 2005 NFL teams that are 7-2 or better after nine weeks. Meanwhile, if Pittsburgh succeeds that day in Wisconsin — which is also generally expected — the Packers will continue as one of two 2005 pro clubs with only one win apiece. That would be embarrassing for proud Green Bay. But when Palmer defeated Favre Sunday, 21-14, there were some clear indications that a changing of the guard is indeed...