If I told you that Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and Chris Johnson were each one of the top players at their respective positions, you might have to wonder what decade it is.
Someone must have located the fountain of youth out in the desert, because these guys are playing at the top of their respective games just like back in the day.
They all had giant question marks surrounding them at the beginning of the year. After missing a large portion of last season, Palmer was thought to be a major injury concern. Fitzgerald had lost a step and been resigned to a complimentary role, and the man once known as CJ2k seemed headed out of the league.
The rest of the football world seemed to have given up on them, but these young souls dressed in the body’s of experienced veterans, seem to have at least one encore left in them.
The wily veteran is back to his old form, leading his team with confidence and challenging defenses. He ranks 4th in the league with 22 attempts of 20 yards or more. His 1155 yards are good enough for 4th in the league, a passer rating of 106.4 and 289 ypg both have him at 7th, and his 10 TDs trail only Aaron Rodgers.
The rest of the league seems to have forgotten about Fitz, but he’s once again playing like one of the best receivers in the league. His ability to stretch the field, and his red zone presence have both proven valuable as his 10 receptions of over 20+ and 5 TDs both lead the league.
He seems a bit more humble than he was after turning in one of the best rushing seasons in history just a few years ago, but somehow Johnson has gotten some of his old swagger back.
As the oldest pair of legs in a stable full of young talented running backs, he has stepped up when needed, showing enough burst to average 4.4 ypc with a long of 30.
If they can all keep up their current paces and stay healthy. Not only will they all have impressive individual seasons, but they will put themselves in prime position to contend for the ring that has eluded them to this point.