Arizona Cardinals to start Blaine Gabbert at QB

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The Cardinals forced two turnovers - an interception and a fumble recovery off a strip sack - that led to points, and Blaine Gabbert looked impressive through the first three-and-a-half quarters, throwing for three touchdowns and no interceptions.

In a battle teams playing without their starting quarterbacks, the Houston Texans outlasted the Arizona Cardinals, 31-21, on the heels of strong performance on the ground for Houston.

Free agent running back Chris Johnson was released by the Cardinals back in October after the team traded for Adrian Peterson.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says that wide receiver John Brown and defensive tackle Josh Mauro may both miss time due to their respective injuries, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

Arians said Monday that he considered a quarterback sneak but avoided the play because he had never seen quarterback Blaine Gabbert run one.

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The Cardinals had gotten a career-high three touchdown passes out of their third-string QB, but trailed, 24-21, with six minutes to go. You deserve to lose, especially when you make the decision I made and the play I called. Adrian Peterson ripped off runs of six and seven yards on his first two carries, but ultimately gained only 26 yards on 14 carries.

Neither Stanton nor Gabbert is under contract next season with the Cardinals. But two of the best pass-rushers in the league will be on display in Arizona's Chandler Jones (10 sacks) and Houston's Jadeveon Clowney (6.0 sacks).

Peterson ended up only being 15 yards away from the endzone, 15 yards from turning what is already a magnificent play into an unbelievable one.

"He blocked the wrong damn guy", Arians said.

Lamar Miller and Tom Savage connected for a touchdown in the second quarter of their game against the Cardinals.

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