With Arizona facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 35 yard line and trailing 24-21 with 6 minutes, 33 seconds left in the game at NRG Stadium on Sunday, Arians ordered a handoff to running back Adrian Peterson.
What I liked: Coach Bruce Arians likes to say he thinks rookies should be ready by Thanksgiving.
Arians said Monday that he considered a quarterback sneak but avoided the play because he had never seen quarterback Blaine Gabbert run one. In his start last week against the Houston Texans, Gabbert was 22-of-34 for three touchdowns and two fourth quarter interceptions. Hopkins has four receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown. While Gabbert's continued play could help the Cardinals evaluate whether he could be an option in the future, Arians said Monday that he already has a sense of what Gabbert can do.
He made plays, but didn't make plays late.
Adrian Peterson rushed 14 times for 26 yards and caught his only target for 13 yards in the Cardinals' Week 11 loss to the Texans. The resulting long third-down led to a rough 3-for-10 in that category. Stanton has been progressing during practice this week, but Blaine Gabbert has been taking first-team reps. If Stanton can't go, Matt Barkley, who signed with the Cardinals earlier this week, will back up Gabbert. What I saw is exactly what I thought I'd see and I just think it will get better the more he throws to Larry [Fitzgerald] and those starting guys. He took to Twitter and criticized the Cardinals' game plan.
"He saw the field extremely well", Arians said.
The defense did come up with the turnovers but had trouble pressuring struggling Texans quarterback Tom Savage.