Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Carson Palmer threw a pair of touchdown
passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 27-24 win over the Houston Texans on
Palmer completed 20-of-32 passes for 241 yards and an interception.
Andre Roberts caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown and Robbie
Housler finished with 49 yards and a touchdown on four catches for the
Cardinals (5-4), winners in four of their last six games.
"We made good adjustments," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said. "The running game
was kind of gone. We felt if we could get them in a one-dimension game we
could get after the quarterback, and we were able to do that."
Case Keenum completed 22-of-43 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, two
of which went to Andre Johnson for the Texans (2-7), who have dropped seven
Houston was without head coach Gary Kubiak, who suffered a mini-stroke during
halftime of the team's Week 9 loss to Indianapolis. Defensive coordinator Wade
Phillips took over the head coaching duties as Kubiak recovers.
The 66-year-old Phillips has been a head coach with Dallas, Buffalo and Denver
and also has experience as an interim head coach, performing those duties
previously with Atlanta (2003) and New Orleans (1985).
"All in all it seems like the same theme," Phillips said. "Team is playing
tremendously hard but not enough plays. One play here, one play there, and
they really dominated us in the second half on their defensive side of the
Houston led 17-14 following Randy Bullock's 48-yard field goal near the midway
point of the second quarter. The Texans had a chance to add on to its lead
before the break, but Bullock's 40-yard try was blocked by Justin Bethel as
Jay Feely nailed a pair of field goals, from 35 and 21 yards, respectively, to
give Arizona a 20-17 lead after three.
The Cardinals added to their lead in the fourth as Palmer connected with
Roberts with a 19-yard touchdown pass, capping a nine-play, 67-yard drive.
Arizona forced a punt with just under five minutes left and had a chance to
put the Texans away, but Rashard Mendenhall fumbled on the Cardinals' 5-yard
Three plays later Keenum tossed one up for Johnson, who made an incredible
catch to pull Houston within three. Keenum threw it up for grabs and the ball
was tipped by an Arizona defender, but Johnson was able to reach for the ball
and kept both his feet in bounds for the score.
Houston forced an Arizona punt on the ensuing drive, but couldn't pick up a
first down and the Cardinals kneeled it out to seal the win.
Arizona scored just 14 seconds in after John Abraham's strip sack of Keenum.
Matt Shaughnessy scooped up the loose ball and ran it in from six yards out.
After the teams traded punts, Keenum guided the Texans on an 8-play, 49-yard
touchdown drive, capped off with Johnson's incredible catch in the back right
corner of the end zone.
On 3rd-and-3 from the Arizona 13, Keenum was flushed out of the pocket to his
right and delivered a strike to Johnson. The six-time Pro Bowler managed to
snatch the ball and just got his right toe down inbounds to tie the game with
5:55 left in the first period.
The Cards answered with a touchdown as Palmer hooked up with Housler for a
12-yard TD reception just over a minute into the second quarter.
Keenum found Ryan Griffin all alone in the back of the end zone to knot things
up at 14-14 on the ensuing drive.
Cards wideout Michael Floyd suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter
and did not return ... J.J. Watt had one sack, two forced fumbles and
recovered two fumbles in the loss ... The Cardinals will visit the
Jacksonville Jaguars next week and Houston will host the Oakland Raiders.
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