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Mike Iupati

Arizona's Palmer: 'It's not just another game'

A little over four years ago, Carson Palmer was home, away from football without pay, in a bitter stalemate with Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown.

Palmer wanted out, Brown insisted the quarterback honor his contract. After five weeks, Palmer finally got his wish, traded to the Oakland Raiders for first- and second-round draft picks.

This Sunday night, Palmer leads the prolific offense of the Arizona Cardinals (7-2) against the Bengals (9-1), a signature matchup of the NFC West and AFC North leaders. And Palmer didn't hide how much it will mean.

"Any time you play a team where you spent some time, especially for as much time as I spent there, " he said,...