Blaine Gabbert outduels Blake Bortles as Cardinals beat Jaguars

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When the starting quarterbacks are Blaine Gabbert and Blake Bortles, what else would you expect besides an exciting game that goes down to the wire?

That’s what happened in Arizona today, as Gabbert’s Cardinals defeated Bortles’ Jaguars 27-24, thanks to a 57-yard game-winning field goal from Arizona kicker Phil Dawson. It was a far more entertaining game than most would have expected.

Gabbert in Arizona is playing far better than his reputation. Today against his old team he completed 22 of 38 passes for 241 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. He’s not a great quarterback, maybe not even a good one, but he’s more competent than most people thought before he landed in Arizona.

Bortles had his moments, including two rushing touchdowns, but he had a terrible interception right into the hands of Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu late in the game. The 7-4 Jaguars may still make the playoffs, but it’s hard to see them going far with Bortles at the helm.

The 5-6 Cardinals probably won’t make a run at the NFC playoff race, but they’re playing better than expected under Gabbert, which is a testament to coach Bruce Arians keeping the team together. They remain a competitive team, even down to their third-string quarterback.

27 responses to “Blaine Gabbert outduels Blake Bortles as Cardinals beat Jaguars

  1. Marrone should be fired, just like Bielema, as he is walking off the field for that playcall that handed the game to the Arizona

  2. That was fun…!!! All those JAX Blowhards predicting an easy win for the Jags with the best defense in the league….

    Ahem! 😂

  3. I’ve been saying it all season. Blake is going to Blake when they really need him. Saw the box score of this game at 24-24 around the seven minute mark and told a friend that this would be the game that Blake pulls a Blake (apparently Blaine Gabbert pulled a Blaine Gabbert too but with time left). And he throws with 3 and a half minutes left, vintage Bortles. Might of forced a 3 and out but Defense & Fournette can only save for so long.

  4. These comments are hilarious. If I was a solid head coach candidate I’d die to go to the jaguars. That defense is still pretty good. Bortles just isn’t the guy though, I’d go after Kirk cousins if they can

  5. Bortles will always be Bortles … Late in the game the Defense gives you the ball to win the game with great field position … What happens ? Blake Bortles with an Interception to screw it up … Jaguars will be a Legit SuperBowl Contender once they get rid of Borltes in the Offseason !

  6. Bortles gets too much flak for it. He’s out two offensive linemen, both of his top WRs, and his #1 option is a rookie that’s only played one game.

    No, Kaepernick would not “do better”.

  7. Aww how cute, the little jaguars we’re all distracted and looking forward to their annual Superbowl game against the Colts next week. The only game they and their lamewad fanbase cares about. Even though the Colts are terrible, they will still celebrate like they won the Superbowl if they win. Probably already have a downtown parade planned for next Monday to celebrate

  8. wib22 says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm
    Jags can beat brady still.

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    Too bad Brady and the Pats trounced your team today Chippy

  9. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    These comments are hilarious. If I was a solid head coach candidate I’d die to go to the jaguars. That defense is still pretty good. Bortles just isn’t the guy though, I’d go after Kirk cousins if they can

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    if you do that, you are immediately in cap hell and need to cut key players on that defense. plus, certain players will come due for new deals.

    slippery slope

    if they hadn’t messed up so many 1st rd picks the last 6 or 7 years, the bortles problem would not be an issue right now

  10. absolutevisuals says:
    November 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve been saying it all season. Blake is going to Blake when they really need him. Saw the box score of this game at 24-24 around the seven minute mark and told a friend that this would be the game that Blake pulls a Blake (apparently Blaine Gabbert pulled a Blaine Gabbert too but with time left). And he throws with 3 and a half minutes left, vintage Bortles. Might of forced a 3 and out but Defense & Fournette can only save for so long.
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    Saw the boxscore? The Cardinals were clearly beating them. Jaguars were lucky to be in the game, but to their credit they kept fighting. Chandler Jones was going off.

  11. Gabbert on an awful team like he had with the Jags and Niners the last 6 years is bad to mediocre.

    Gabbert on a mediocre team like he has now is mediocre to good.

    Put Gabbert on the Jags now, after years and years of drafting and FA building a great D and running game, and you have a solid playoff team. He’s better than Bortles.

  12. “Blaine Gabbert outduels Blake Bortles as Cardinals beat Jaguars”

    Isn’t exactly Bradshaw vs. Staubach…but is was entertaining enough..

  13. if you do that, you are immediately in cap hell and need to cut key players on that defense. plus, certain players will come due for new deals.

    slippery slope

    if they hadn’t messed up so many 1st rd picks the last 6 or 7 years, the bortles problem would not be an issue right now

    ****

    eagles and vikings > pats

  14. I didn’t see Gabbert outduel anybody, but I did see Blake Bortles shoot himself in the foot. I think the Jags finally made a big decision on that last interception. They’ll be drafting a QB.

  15. Bruce Arians has really worked wonders with Gabbert, as Blaine is playing at the highest level of his career under Bruce Arians. The Jaguars had the #1 defense in the NFL coming in todays game and it is loaded with elite talent with arguably the best secondary in the NFL & Gabbert carved them up like hot butter for most of that game, including throwing a 50YD BOMB/DIME for a TD, throwing for 250YDs with 2TDs to INT with a passer rating of 84.0, which is a passer rating 20+ points higher than QB’s are AVG’n against the Jag’s this season. Gabbert is playing really well, in two games as a starter he has 5TDs/2INTs AVG’n a passer rating of 89.1 over those two games & on AVG completing well over 60+% of his passes.
    Next season once Arizona gets healthy both defensively and offensively, getting both the best RB/WR in the NFL in Elite All-Pro David Johnson and rookie RB/WR TJ Logan who is going to be a monster, Arizona will bounce back in a big way especially with 12 draft picks to add talent with this off-season and over $65+ Million in cap space to add talent with. I think either way AZ will trade up a few spots and draft a QB, but in the meantime I think they can use QB Blaine Gabbert as a bridge and contend while doing so with an Elite defense and one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL. They likely will bring Palmer back and develop a young QB behind Palmer, but they should just save the money and roll with Blaine Gabbert, and then keep Gabbert as a back-up long term once said young QB takes over, which is hopefully Josh Rosen or Baker Mayfield.

  16. This season is this Jaguars team’s first time being good. They’re building something there and are going to be solid for a few years if they don’t mess with it too much. I have been thinking that one of these weeks the switch is going to flip for Bortles and he’s going to become a good quarterback but it hasn’t happened and doesn’t appear that it ever will. Westbrook looks like the real deal, though, and that defense is still very good.

  17. I watched this game because the Niners posed no threat to the Seahawks whatsoever. Gabbert played really good and Honeybadger is back to his playmaking ways again. Good win for the Cardinals.

  18. Not only are there too many highs and lows with the Jaguars, there are too many highs and lows with the fans too. Last week the talk was Super Bowl, and now after yesterday it’s a 7-9 with not another game won. The truth is they are a much improved team and if they get more than 10 wins this year it’s a monumental improvement over what they were expected to do.

  19. The Jags will make the Playoffs I feel, but will be knock out in the 1st round. They need to address the QB situation Bortles is not the guy sorry he is not in critical moments he doesn’t show up its too big for him. oO after Cousins or Rivers or someone with experience, can’t waste Defensive talent for the next 2-3 years the window will only be open for 1-3 years anyway ask the Broncos.

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