Blaine Gabbert will be the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback against the Houston Texans this week.
Like the Houston Texans, the Arizona Cardinals are in a bad situation when it comes to the quarterback position.
The Cardinals already lost Carson Palmer for the remainder of the season due to an injury and now Drew Stanton is also banged up for Arizona.
This means that the Cardinals will look to veteran Blaine Gabbert this Sunday against the Texans at NRG Stadium, according to Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports.
Whether it’s Stanton or in fact Gabbert, the Texans’ defense should be able to get after the quarterback and force some turnovers.
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The 28 year-old Gabbert started six games last season for the San Francisco 49ers and threw five touchdowns and six interceptions, while only completing 56.9 percent of his passes. His career quarterback rating is 71.5. So Gabbert is a solid player, but he shouldn’t be able to tear up Houston’s defense.
What’s interesting is that the Cardinals have the fourth ranked passing offense in the NFL, since they put up 260 yards per game. I think their high ranking is due to how much damage Palmer did through the air, prior to his injury.
The Cardinals are 31st in the NFL when it comes to rushing the football. So if the Texans can shut down their passing game, they should be able to keep the game close.
Whether or not the Texans can defeat the Cards will come down to whether or not quarterback Tom Savage and their offense can score points and limit their mistakes.
Update: Cardinals’ head coach Bruce Arians wont say which quarterback will start against the Texans.
I still expect the Cardinals to go with Gabbert. Looks like Arians is playing games.