How is Palmer preparing for return trip to Cincinnati?

November 20, 2012, 5:25 pm
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ALAMEDA -- Carson Palmer has more than an inkling as to the reception he'll receive at Paul Brown Stadium this weekend."I have a pretty good feeling how thats going to go," Palmer said Monday with a sly, knowing smile. "Well wait and see Sunday at 1."Yes, the boo birds will be wearing Bengals stripes in Cincinnati, what with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2003 NFL draft's messy exit from the Queen City. After essentially "retiring" following eight star-crossed seasons for the Bengals and a contract dispute, Palmer came to Oakland in the Hue Jackson-orchestrated trade that eventually cost the Raiders a first-round pick and a second-rounder.Asked if his stance on how things ended in Cincinnati had changed, Palmer took the high road, so to speak."Im not going to dive back into that," he said. "To me this is three seasons later, two seasons later. That was in the past. Im here now. I dont want to dive into that."No regrets, then?"No regrets," he said.Still"Im excited," Palmer said. "You spend a certain amount of time somewhere its always a little bit different going back. More importantly we have to get a win. Its been a rough environment. Any time you lose its a rough environment. Having lost a couple, we've got to get back on a winning track."Its a good opportunity to go on the road, go on a long trip and kind of break that spell weve had for a while and get a win, get back in the win column and move on."Indeed, Palmer has enough on his plate with the Raiders riding a three-game losing streak, sitting at 3-7 heading to Cincinnati and Raiders owner Mark Davis letting his displeasure known about the team's "regression" following Sunday's 38-17 loss to New Orleans."I think in some areas we have (regressed)," Palmer said. "I think in some areas we made improvements. I think consistency has been our biggest Achilles heel. Weve put together great plays or a great quarter or a great half on every side of the ball. But (not) consistently doing it."The teams that win consistently in this league play consistently well four quarters of the game. Thats something we havent done. Thats something we need to continue to work on."He gets to work on it now in front of a crowd that used to adore him but now, probably abhors him.