Blaine Gabbert Works, But Cardinals Fall

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With Arizona facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 35 and trailing 24-21 with 6:33 left in the game, Arians ordered a handoff to Adrian Peterson. Hopkins has four receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown.

Arians said he trusted Peterson to get the first down and "felt really good about" calling a run play in that situation instead of a quarterback sneak or punting it.

Earlier in the month Arians expressed his support for Gabbert and stated that the seventh-year veteran was a victim of playing on some bad teams. "Trust is a amusing thing sometimes". You deserve to lose, especially when you make the decision I made and the play I called. You can write it.

After the Cardinals cut Johnson, Arians said he regrets not being able to speak to Johnson in person before he was cut. 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. "That's a moot point".

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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. "As long as we're getting open, we've got to catch it". He took to Twitter and criticized the Cardinals' game plan. Adrian Peterson ripped off runs of six and seven yards on his first two carries, but ultimately gained only 26 yards on 14 carries.

Arians wouldn't say definitively why Arizona's run game struggled for the second straight week, but he said it's up to the blockers up front to stay in front of their men. "I hated the way it happened before I had a chance to talk to him", he said.

Clowney had a sack, a hit and a hurry on 37 pass-rushing snaps in the game, but was also an absolute monster in the running game.

"We all knew he was capable of it, it was just a matter of time", he said.

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