Carson Palmer has piled up some impressive numbers in his 11-year NFL career.

Wins, though, have been hard to come by.

Although he won’t say so, this has the makings of a season of redemption for the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall draft pick by Cincinnati in 2003.

After a rocky start with the Arizona Cardinals, Palmer is coming off two strong performances, throwing for 419 yards in a win at Jacksonville, then completing 26 of 37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns in last Sunday’s 40-11 thrashing of Indianapolis.

A month shy of his 34th birthday, Palmer finds himself on a winning team 11 games into a season. The Cardinals (7-4) have won four straight heading into Sunday’s game at Philadelphia. This for a quarterback who has had a winning record only two times in his pro career.

Coach Bruce Arians said he thinks “it means the world” to Palmer to be playing for a winner.

“He can answer it better than I, but I know he comes to work with a smile on his face, and he comes in real early and leaves real late,” Arians said.

Palmer tends to avoid big-picture questions about his career.

“I come in and look at last week’s game film and look at the mistakes and look at the good things that happened and get ready for the next one, because you can’t look at the past,” he said.

“You can’t worry about anything other than what’s going on and what’s right in front of you.”

When the Cardinals hired Arians to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt last offseason, they were in dire need of a quarterback. Oakland was ready to rebuild and Palmer was not part of that plan.

Arizona acquired him for a mere sixth-round draft pick, then signed him to a three-year, $16 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.

Arians, 61, said before the season that the pairing with Palmer was “like a cowboy movie with two old guys. This is our last rodeo in the desert.”

As an assistant coach, then as interim head coach last year for Indianapolis, Arians worked with the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. Palmer fit the profile of the big, classic drop-back passer that Arians likes.