Solid Blaine Gabbert, turnovers not enough as Cardinals lose to Texans

Saul Bowman
November 21, 2017

Who will start at quarterback for the Cardinals (4-5), remains a mystery.

The Cardinals lost 31-21, giving him an 0-1 record as a starter for the Cardinals and dropping his all-time record as a starter to 9-32.

He now serves as the Cardinals quarterback coach and was named to the job earlier this year.

The Cardinals want Drew Stanton (knee) to be "totally healthy" before making a return, but he was well enough to be Gabbert's backup in Week 11, so it's not clear what that means.

"It's very simple: I cost our team the game", Arians said, via postgame quotes distributed by the Texans.

There still is a chance for Arizona to make the postseason, especially when you factor in four of their remaining six games are at home, but they'll need to get back to winning ways when they host the Jaguars at the University of Phoenix Stadium next week to realistically stand a chance. In his start last week against the Houston Texans, Gabbert was 22-of-34 for three touchdowns and two fourth quarter interceptions.


Neither Stanton nor Gabbert is under contract next season with the Cardinals.

His first two touchdowns came off short fields, but he led the Cardinals on a six-play, 51-yard touchdown drive late in the third quarter after Houston had taken the lead, capping that drive with a 28-yard TD pass to tight end Ricky Seals-Jones.

"I don't know how many yards we ran for, but obviously we have to be balanced", Fitzgerald said. Throughout his three-year tenure in Jacksonville, he started a total of 27 games, but when Caldwell took over the team chose to part ways with Gabbert, who had a less than memorable run with the team.

"He saw the field extremely well", Arians said.

Hopkins was once again QB Tom Savage's favorite receiver as he led the Texans with eight targets, including seven in the coverage of CB Patrick Peterson.

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