#1. Arizona Cardinals: Carson Palmer & David Johnson
Palmer’s career trajectory is a fascinating one. He went from a budding superstar in his first few years in Cincinnati, then became an injury-prone journeyman after being traded to Oakland, before finally landing in Arizona and mounting his return to greatness. He set career highs in 2015 in passer rating (104.6), yards per pass attempt (8.7) and touchdowns (35), earning the Cardinals the No. 2 seed in the NFC. All of this at age 36 — quite the comeback story.
As Palmer continues to defy Father Time, Johnson represents the power of youth. The rookie from Northern Iowa played the most snaps of any Arizona running back, and he made the most of them. He totaled 1,038 yards from scrimmage with 12 touchdowns, emerging as one of the league’s premier playmakers. This duo, combined with a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown, had the Cardinals flying high during 2015.