Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Blaine Gabbert earns another start as Cardinals wait on Drew Stanton's knee

Blaine Gabbert earns another start as Cardinals wait on Drew Stanton's knee

Tom Savage was only able to lead the offense to two touchdowns combined in two losses in the first two games after Watson was hurt. He ranks third in the NFL with 879 yards receiving and his nine touchdown receptions lead the league. The Texans held the Cardinals to 3-for-10 on third down (30%) and under 60 rushing yards. Will we see what could be the future, or will Gabbert show what the pundits have they been saying all along - a bust?

On the next play, Texans running back D'Onte Foreman sealed the win with a 34-yard touchdown run, turning what could have been a fun story - one of Gabbert successes, as well as a breakout game for rookie safety Budda Baker and unexpected production from rookie tight end Ricky Seals-Jones - into the first two-game losing streak of the season.

In Sunday's victory, Savage continued to lean on wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who had four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown going against the Cardinals' top cornerback, Patrick Peterson. "Just do things the right way", he said.

And with Fitzgerald more of an underneath safety valve than a vertical field-stretcher at this point in his career-he's averaging 11.3 yards per catch-Gabbert should look to him early and often as something of a security blanket while Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and Co. try and make hay along the boundary.

O'Brien said they might need to sign a running back to fill in for Foreman, but that he expects to have Alfred Blue back after he missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.

The first two touchdowns came not from sustained drives but short fields after turnovers. "We came into halftime saying, 'We're not letting this go, we're not letting this game get away from us like we did the previous game in the second half". On the second run, Foreman ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be lost for the rest of the season.

In 40 career starts, Gabbert has completed 56.0 percent of his passes for 7,351 yards, 38 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. Not a bad day at the office for a third-stringer who hasn't taken a regular season snap in nearly a year. After the game, Clowney was asked about stopping Peterson.

"If I could play against him every Sunday", Hopkins said, "I would". It's all about mental toughness out there and just blocking it out.

His injury comes after the Texans (4-6) got their offense going for the first time since Watson was injured on November 2. RB David Johnson, Arians said, is in great condition, but there is still uncertainty about his injured wrist.

The Texans play the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night in Baltimore.

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