With the team poised to win its first divisional title since 1990, the Bengals quarterback understands that the bull's-eye grows bigger with every win, and that opponents will strike with their best shot.
Cleveland did just that, but still couldn't get Cincinnati off track on the road to the playoffs.
Dubbed the “Battle of Ohio,” the Browns gave the AFC North leaders all they wanted, but behind a resurgent Rudi Johnson, and a last-second field goal by Shayne Graham, Cincinnati escaped with a 23-20 victory at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
“It was a tough game offensively,” Palmer said. “We didn't play well; I didn't play well. You're frustrated and disappointed. But the good teams win these games, and we're a good team.”