QB Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans
|6-4, 222||Born: 10-30-1993||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (9 / 16 / 103 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota started out hot in his season debut, completing seven of his first eight pass attempts while moving the Titans down the field on two solid drives. He was making great decisions while hitting his targets routinely on these first couple of drives. On his second possession, Mariota did a great job picking up on an incoming blitz to get the ball out quickly to an uncovered Tajae Sharpe for a 17-yard gain. On that same drive, Mariota would hit Luke Stocker with a 33-yard bomb over the middle as he perfectly lofted the pass after a well-executed play action. Mariota and team would fail to convert that drive into any points though as they fizzled out on downs near the goal line. Near the start of the second half, Mariota would take a hard hit to his throwing arm elbow that sidelined him until the next offensive series. Things would then go downhill fast for Mariota. On his very next throw, Mariota would overthrow his intended target for his first interception of the game. After returning from a second lightning delay of nearly two hours, Mariota would throw yet another interception before being pulled for the remainder of the game. With his only two pass attempts after the hit to his elbow resulting in interceptions, it was clear something was not right with Mariota. His status will require monitoring throughout the week.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (12 / 18 / 100 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 51 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota started this game on the bench still dealing with his elbow injury, but he was forced into action when Blaine Gabbert was knocked out with a concussion in the first quarter. Mariota was very noticeably having trouble throwing and gripping the ball, as many of his passes were both wobbly and errant. Mariota rarely attempted many passes beyond 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, as his longest pass play came on a short comeback route on which Corey Davis willed his way to a 22-yard gain. These troubles in the passing game actually led to an uptick in rushing by Mariota, finishing with over 50 rushing yards. It started with a 13-yard scramble near the Titans' goal line at the end of first quarter. With only a couple minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Mariota's other rushing highlight came in a big situation on 3rd-and-1. It was a read option play where Mariota kept it, jetting through a hole in the middle to pick up the first down and 15 yards as he helped to grind down the clock on the way to a Titans win.
2018 Week 4 vs PHI (30 / 43 / 344 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 46 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had his best game of the short season this week despite battling through an elbow injury, passing for 344 yards and his first pair of passing touchdowns of the season. Mariota did not appear limited at all by his injury here as he was making all kinds of throws, consistently pushing the ball downfield with deep shots from start to finish here. Mariota missed an open Corey Davis early on their first drive on what would have been a touchdown play, but he followed it up with a few nice throws including another deep ball to Davis, who was his favorite target on the day. Mariota did have a momentary lapse in judgment as he airmailed an ugly interception near the end of the first half. He used his legs to score the Titans' first touchdown of the game late in the third quarter though as Mariota he ran it in himself from two yards out--his first rushing touchdown of the season. He rushed a season-high 10 times here, showing great mobility to extend plays and get meaningful gains with his legs. Midway through the fourth quarter, Mariota took a deep shot on the first play of the drive and connected with Corey Davis for 51 yards to spark the offense when they really needed it. This was a very well thrown ball that dropped right between two defenders, hitting Davis perfectly in stride for Mariota's biggest play of the day. Just a few plays later in this drive, Mariota would find Tajae Sharpe on the right side of the end zone for the 11-yard touchdown pass--his first touchdown pass of the day. As the game went into overtime, Mariota would have his best drive of the game, leading the Titans 75 yards downfield for the overtime victory. Mariota came up big in numerous clutch situations here, including a huge throw on 4th-and-15 to Taywan Taylor to keep the drive alive. Later on another long down, 3rd-and-19, Mariota scrambled for 17 yards to set up a manageable fourth down that he would convert on a short pass to Dion Lewis. To cap the game off with only five seconds left, Mariota found Corey Davis in the middle of the end zone on a high throw that he knew only Davis could elevate to haul in.
2018 Week 5 vs BUF (14 / 26 / 129 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Mariota was under heavy pressure on a play near the end of the first quarter and tried to throw the ball away as he was being tackled. He ended up lobbing the ball dangerously close to the sideline as it was only a few inches from being intercepted. had to throw it away near the red zone at the end of the first quarter and was nearly intercepted. On a long second down midway through the second quarter, Mariota threw his first interception of the day as his he found the arms of a defender after the intended receiver made some incidental contact and couldn't finish his route. Mariota threaded the needle on a 13-yard dart to Tajae Sharpe on third-and-eight to start the fourth quarter. On that same drive, Mariota scrambled up the middle and showed some hops to leap over a defender to convert another third down. A few plays later, Mariota nearly got sacked as the defender fully wrapped him up before letting off (likely for fear of penalty). This allowed Mariota to scramble out and take a deep shot to the end zone that fell incomplete. To cap off this drive, Mariota was flushed out of the pocket again and bought enough time to find a wide open Nick Williams on his way to the end zone, but Williams allowed the pass to go right through his hands, dropping a sure-thing touchdown that could have been the game-winner. Mariota would try to lead the Titans downfield on their last drive of the game, but a fumble as he was scrambling under pressure on third down would seal the field goal.
2018 Week 6 vs BAL (10 / 15 / 117 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota took more sacks (11) than passes completed (10) in a dreadful day for the Titans offense. He was playing through a known elbow injury, trying to find his grip both with and without a glove. Neither would have mattered though as the offensive line had an extremely tough time against the Ravens front seven. There were few highlights to speak of here for Mariota with his longest pass of the game going to Corey Davis near the end of the third quarter--a 24-yard strike over the middle of the field. Mariota found Tajae Sharpe on a couple lengthy passes as well, but other than those plays, he struggled on every single drive to find an open receiver against a combination of solid coverage in the secondary and nonstop pressure that overwhelmed his offensive line. Mariota did log a 21-yard scramble down the right sideline near the end of the third quarter, but the many other times he even tried to run, he was bottled up by the Ravens defense.
2018 Week 7 vs LAC (24 / 32 / 237 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 38 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota showed some improvement in this week's game as he completed 75 percent of his passes and surpassed 200 passing yards for the second time this season. Mariota leaned heavily on the short-to-intermediate passing game here though, completing only two passes of more than 20 yards with both of those coming off screens to his running backs. Mariota was on the same page with Tajae Sharpe as he leaned on Sharpe heavily for a number of long third-down conversions, but he struggled to find the likes of Corey Davis or Taywan Taylor, both of whom are known for stretching the field. The offensive line held up a bit better here as Mariota was sacked only twice. He was scrambling early and often though as Mariota rushed seven times for 38 yards--his fourth game of 25 or more rushing yards this season. Over half of his runs came on read options with Mariota making good calls to keep the ball and gain positive yards. On the final drive of the game, Mariota barely escaped a sack as he slid out of the pocket for an 11-yard gain--his longest run of the game. He nearly had a rushing touchdown to cap off that drive, but the touchdown was called back with Mariota being spotted down just before the goal line. Mariota would find tight end Luke Stocker on the next play though for the one-yard touchdown reception on 4th-and-Goal from a well-executed play action fake. Mariota would throw one interception to go along with his touchdown in this game. His interception came from a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage in the red zone just before halftime. This would be Mariota's first career interception in the red zone.
2018 Week 9 vs DAL (21 / 29 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 32 / 1 rush)
This game couldn't have been much worst to begin for Marcus Mariota as he led off the first two drives with two costly fumbles--the first resulting from heavy pressure as Mariota was stripped as he brought the ball back to pass, while the second resulted from a botched handoff to Dion Lewis. Early in the second quarter, Mariota made a spectacular read to keep the ball instead of handing off to Derrick Henry, who would have been swallowed by multiple defenders. Instead, Mariota ran for a big gain of 12 yards to move the chains on third down. Later in the second quarter, Mariota missed what could have been a wide open touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith, but he followed that up with a well thrown 36-yard deep ball on third-and-10 to Darius Jennings. Mariota led Jennings perfectly as he placed this pass between three defenders. To cap off this drive, Mariota would find Dion Lewis from 18 yards on a simple screen pass that Lewis took to the house for Mariota's first receiving touchdown of the game. Mariota's second passing touchdown would come from a zone read option where Mariota basically pulled the ball from the gut of Dion Lewis only to immediately shovel it in traffic to Jonnu Smith who bowled his way into the end zone for the seven-yard touchdown. Mariota could have had a third passing touchdown had he not slightly overthrown a ball to Corey Davis near the start of the fourth quarter. On the Titans' final touchdown drive of the game, Mariota continued his success on the ground as he decided to take the ball into the end zone himself after realizing he had no options downfield. Mariota tucked it and ran straight up the middle, using his speed and power to make it into the end zone standing up for the nine-yard touchdown run.
2018 Week 10 vs NE (16 / 24 / 228 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Mariota would roll right from four yards out before finding Jonnu Smith pretty much wide open in the end zone for an easy touchdown--his first of the day. On the very next drive, Mariota launched a perfectly placed rainbow to the corner of the end zone as he found Corey Davis from 23 yards out for his second passing touchdown of the day. Mariota was finding Corey Davis downfield all day, getting the ball to him deep four times for 20 or more yards. Outside of his touchdown pass to Davis, the next best throw Mariota made came on his last drive before halftime as Mariota stepped up to avoid pressure in the pocket before showing off his strong arm to muscle the ball downfield to Davis for a 20-yard gain to convert a 3rd-and-14. Mariota would find Cameron Batson on another nicely thrown deep ball for 26 yards midway through the third quarter. On that same drive, Mariota found success again this week with the zone read keeper as he pulled the ball from his running back before accelerating downfield for a big 20-yard gain to get into the red zone. Mariota even got in on the receiving in this one, hauling in a reception from his receiver Darius Jennings for 21 yards just a few plays after seeing Tom Brady grab a reception from nearly the same play.
2018 Week 11 vs IND (10 / 13 / 85 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
It was a tough day for Marcus Mariota as he struggled in the first half before going down with an injury just before halftime that would keep him sidelined for the rest of the game. He was under constant pressure from blitzes dialed up by the Colts, getting sacked four times before the last one finally knocked him out. Mariota did not have many highlights before being forced from the game. He would find Corey Davis on a well-thrown ball put right on the money about 15 yards downfield as Davis steamed forward for a few extra yards to complete the 23-yard reception--Mariota's longest pass play of the game. On the next play though, Mariota would make his first big mistake of the game as he was looking for Jonnu Smith on the left side but did not see the defensive back behind Smith as Quincy Wilson stepped right in front of Smith for the easy interception.
2018 Week 12 vs HOU (22 / 23 / 303 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota put together one of the best performances of his career in the loss to Houston Monday night. He was perfect through the air without a single incompletion until 1:06 remaining in the game when a pass intended for Derrick Henry fell incomplete. Mariota relied heavily on short passes throughout this game, but he did take some deep shots sprinkled to Corey Davis throughout the game. One of those short passes for Mariota turned into his longest pass play of the game as Jonnu Smith hauled in a reception just three yards from the line of scrimmage but proceeded top rumble his way to a 61-yard touchdown on the second drive of the game. Mariota's second touchdown came just before the third quarter expired as he heaved the ball about 31-yards downfield to connect with Corey Davis, who took it the rest of the way for a 48-yard touchdown. The ball was very slightly underthrown, but Davis managed to make the play along with a great move after the catch to find the end zone. Mariota was spectacular at extending plays and using his legs, as shown by his 28 rushing yards, but he also was guilty of holding on to the ball a little too long at times. Because of this drive to make a play along with very poor blocking, Mariota ended up getting sacked six times for 43 negative yards, which marks great day through the air did not come without mistakes though, as he did take 6 sacks due in part to his indecisiveness in the pocket, combined with poor offensive line play against the stout Texans pass rush. This marks the fourth time in the last six games that Mariota has been sacked four or more times.
2018 Week 13 vs NYJ (20 / 35 / 282 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 43 / 0 rush)
Mariota's day started off terrible as his first five drives went nowhere, hampered largely by very poor offensive line play that helped cough up multiple sacks and a blocked punt. Mariota did not help himself early on as he held on to the ball far too long while also throwing an interception returned for a touchdown on this second possession of the game. He would get some momentum before halftime as Mariota led a 68-yard drive highlighted by a well-thrown ball about 20 yards downfield to Davis, a 14-yard rush up the middle helped by some solid blocking from Anthony Firkser, then rewarding his blocking tight end with a 12-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Firkser. The second half started slowly, but it was a much better half overall for Mariota. He would toss a couple nice deep balls to Tajae Sharpe to set up a touchdown in the third quarter, then a couple drives later, Mariota managed to lead a full speed Taywan Taylor to a 44-yard gain from an excellent deep ball that was right on target. Mariota would deliver another deep strike to Taylor on the next drive as he completed a 55-yard ball, also right on the money. Despite having 1st-and-goal on both drives, Mariota couldn't lead the Titans into the end zone as they had to settle for field goals on each drive. He had been under pressure all day long, even on the final drive of the game when Mariota almost took sacks on two consecutive plays but managed to use his legs for a magical gain that almost ended in heartbreak. Mariota tucked it and scrambled for 25 yards, making a nice sidestep on Jets defenders while breaking a couple tackles before taking a huge hit that knocked the ball loose. The Titans recovered the fumble, which allowed Mariota to continue this impressive game-winning drive with a couple more quick completions capped off by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis for the win.
2018 Week 14 vs JAX (18 / 24 / 162 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota did not do much in this game due to the success of Derrick Henry on the ground. In his limited attempts though, his accuracy was suspect. He started the game with an early misstep on the second drive, overthrowing Tajae Sharpe while on the run with the ball easily landing in the hands of a Jaguars defender. He took a deep shot to kick off their first drive after halftime, but the ball was slightly underthrown to Taywan Taylor while Taylor allowed the ball to bounce off his hands. On that same drive, we did see his running ability on display as Mariota would tuck it and run on a long third-down down to convert for 11 yards and keep the drive alive. On fourth down as the Titans were trying to get Henry his fifth touchdown, they instead tried to find Corey Davis coming off play action with Mariota's throw on target, but Davis allowed it to sail through his hands.
2018 Week 15 vs NYG (12 / 20 / 88 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota was limited to less than 100 passing yards for the second time this season as the Titans ran the ball on over two-thirds of their plays with the passing offense an afterthought in this game plan. With sloppy weather, it was befitting for the Titans to focus on their ground game in this one. Mariota's long pass of the game went for just 17 yards to Corey Davis on the second drive of the game. Outside of that, Mariota rarely even tried to push the ball downfield. He would tuck it and run from the read option to start off their second drive of the game, flashing his speed to pick up 11 yards for his longest run of the game. Mariota should have scored a rushing touchdown from the goal line on that same drive, but he fell victim to a poor spot and yielded to a Derrick Henry rushing touchdown. Outside of the first couple of possessions, highlights were few and far between for Mariota and this passing offense.
2018 Week 16 vs WAS (10 / 13 / 110 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota re-injured his throwing elbow just before halftime and was unable to return to the game. Before exiting, Mariota made a number of accurate throws to start the game as he led a 69-yard touchdown drive. He showed great mobility throughout the first half to extend plays and evade a strong pass-rush while making accurate throws to cap off those scrambles. His mobility was best put on display during the second drive as he spun away from pressure on a third-and-six before sprinting towards the sideline to convert it. From a passing perspective, Mariota would still lead the team in passing yards despite playing less than one full half.
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (25 / 41 / 256 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 26 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had a mediocre day on the stat sheet as he completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 256 passing yards and no touchdowns. Mariota's first drive of the game was definitely his best, as he led the team 75 yards to their only touchdown of the game. Mariota looked poised in the pocket on this drive as he converted three third downs of eight or more yards thanks to plenty of time from his offensive line along with very impressive throws to Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis. Mariota also looked very impressive rushing as he tucked it away for a 10-yard rushing touchdown to cap off that drive. Outside of this first drive, things did not look great as the Titans offense really fizzled with Mariota taking much heavier pressure from the Raiders pass rush. He made some solid throws in the second half, but also made some very bad reads throwing into double coverage on multiple occasions. Next week, Mariota will have to visit a Jaguars defense that looked rock solid against the Texans this week.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (15 / 27 / 215 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 24 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota turned in another mediocre performance this week as he passed for only 215 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Mariota led only one drive over 50 yards in the first half as the Titans as a whole started slow. He had a few bad reads and overthrows mixed in with some solid passes throughout this half, but overall, his play was relatively sloppy to start. Mariota's interception came midway through the second quarter as Telvin Smith got a great jump on Mariota's short pass intended for Jonnu Smith. In the second half, Mariota looked much better as the Titans capitalized on some Jaguars mistakes to jump out to a quick lead, which then turned their offensive strategy into a more run-heavy approach. He threw a beautiful deep ball to rookie Taywan Taylor mid-way through the third quarter, leading him perfectly in stride with Taylor making the diving reception. That would be Mariota's longest pass of the day. Mariota only had nine pass attempts in the second half but completed six of them for 135 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass came on a screen to Jonnu Smith, who ran it 32 yards after the catch for the score.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (20 / 32 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 27 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had a rough start to this game with a number of sluggish plays and overthrows while leading his team to four consecutive three-and-outs. Emotions were running high in this game as Mariota took a late hit from Richard Sherman mid-way through the second quarter. This seemed to really fire up the Titans offense after halftime, as they led off with three straight touchdown drives. Mariota was using his legs well today as he rushed seven times for 24 yards. Mariota had what would have been a very impressive 14-yard touchdown scramble to lead off the second quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. His first touchdown pass came on what was a simple wide receiver screen that Rishard Matthews turned made the absolute most of, zipping past multiple defenders for the 55-yard touchdown. Mariota's second touchdown came to wide open Jonnu Smith who lined up at fullback, completely fooling the Seahawks defense.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 10 / 96 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 39 / 2 rush)
Marcus Mariota was forced to leave Week 4's game against the Texans mid-way through the third quarter due to a hamstring injury he sustained on his second touchdown run. Before his injury, Mariota and the entire Titans offense struggled to get anything going against a Texans defense that was firing on all cylinders. Mariota threw an interception on the third play of the game to set the tone for what would be a very tough game all around. He had a couple of highlights with his legs here as he logged two rushing touchdowns from a total of 36 rushing yard. His first rushing touchdown came as Mariota read the defense well enough to know he should keep it and scamper out to the left side of the line. Mariota found an open hole and showed very nice burst as he accelerated past the entire Texans secondary on his way to a 34-yard touchdown. His second rushing touchdown was only for two yards, but Mariota again showed great acceleration as he beat the defender to the pylon. We later found out that Mariota suffered his hamstring injury on that play. He tried to play through it, but threw his second interception near the end of the second quarter while also playing poorly into the second half before being pulled for Matt Cassel.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (23 / 32 / 306 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota was not his usual mobile self on Monday night, but he managed to lead the Titans to a big win over the Colts. This was Mariota's first 300+ yard game of the season as he passed for 306 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Titans moved the ball well throughout the game as they only had to punt one time, scoring on all but two of their possessions. The Titans' first drive stalled as Mariota overthrew Eric Decker followed by passing to triple-covered Delanie Walker, which was thankfully another overthrow. Mariota's second drive was much improved as he made a great 40-yard throw to Eric Decker, followed by an 18-yard pass to Demarco Murray while facing tough pressure in his face from the blitz. Mariota could not make the throws he needed to early in this game when the Titans were in Colts territory, leading to five straight field goals before the Titans put together three touchdowns in a row to close out the game. His interception came on his first pass of the second half as John Simon snatched the pass at the line of scrimmage and ran it back for a touchdown. Mariota's only touchdown pass was a beautiful deep ball to Taywan Taylor, hitting him for a 53-yard touchdown pass to take the lead in the fourth quarter when the game was tied.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (21 / 34 / 203 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The Titans passing attack struggled mightily in what should have been a soft matchup against a Browns defense missing a couple of key pieces of their secondary. Marcus Mariota had another lackluster performance this season, failing to post any real fantasy-relevant numbers with neither a touchdown nor an interception, just over 200 passing yards, and only nine rushing yards as he continues to be limited with a hamstring injury. This was his first game of the season without either a rushing or passing touchdown. Mariota made some good throws throughout this game, but he rarely tried to throw downfield, taking mainly short / medium length opportunities. Mariota will look forward to the bye week as an opportunity to get healthy and prepare for the Ravens.
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (19 / 28 / 218 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota looked as healthy as he has been since his Week 4 hamstring injury as he put up a decent fantasy outing with his second multi-touchdown game of the season. Mariota started the game with a nice deep ball for 29 yards to Rishard Matthews, his only completion of the Titans' first drive. This would not be his only nice deep ball on the day as Mariota ended up completing four of seven passes of 20 or more yards accounting for 93 of his passing yards. One of those completions was an incredible back shoulder strike to Corey Davis late in the first quarter for 23 yards. Mariota's first touchdown came on the very next play, a 16-yard strike to a wide open Rishard Matthews set up by the Ravens linebackers biting hard on Mariota's play action fake. Mariota's lone interception came early in the fourth quarter as he overthrew Matthews on a deep ball that went right into the hands of Ladarius Webb. One of Mariota's best throws aside from the back-shoulder strike to Davis came midway through the fourth quarter as he found Delanie Walker over the middle, throwing it just over the head of a sprinting defender for Walker to turn and make the catch falling backwards - good for 25 yards. That play helped set up Mariota's second touchdown of the game to Eric Decker. Mariota finessed well-led ball to Decker from 11 yards out on a nicely designed misdirection play for what would be the touchdown needed to help lead the Titans to victory.
2017 Week 10 vs CIN (25 / 44 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 51 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota got off to a hot start leading the Titans offense as he completed all four of his passes for 55 yards on the first drive that would end in a touchdown. Mariota had a nice 28-yard run on an option play that included Adoree Jackson as the decoy. He showed no signs of a hamstring injury this week as Mariota ran a few designed runs throughout the game, including one that nearly went for a touchdown as he dove for the pylon but was just short. Near the end of the first half, Mariota did give up an interception to a leaping Bengals defender that Mariota didn't notice in his passing lane. Mariota was not sharp after halftime though as he took back to back sacks on one drive while missing on some good opportunities to make easy plays on their first few drives of the second half. Later in the fourth quarter, he did a great job running five yards for an important first down near the goal line, but Mariota was shaken up on the play as his head slammed against the ground. He came immediately back into the game and overthrew his receiver in the end zone on back to back plays before finding Demarco Murray on a short dump-off for his only passing touchdown of the day to win the game.
2017 Week 11 vs PIT (22 / 33 / 306 / 1 / 4 pass, 5 / 5 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota passed for over 300 yards for the second time this season, but he coughed up four interceptions to really put his team behind the eight ball in this loss. Two of Mariota's interceptions came in the first half, with the first pick clearly being an overthrow on the part of Mariota. His second interception looked to be a miscommunication with his intended receiver, not as much of a bad throw on Mariota's part. Mariota was held in check on the ground as he only had five rushing yards while getting sacked five times for a loss of 42 yards, but he did find the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run before halftime. Mariota threw a great deep ball to Rishard Matthews on the first play of the second half for a 75-yard touchdown-his first and only passing touchdown of the day. On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Mariota one-hopped a ball to Delanie Walker on 3rd and 11 to end their series. On the next drive, Mariota was intercepted for the third time. His pass was actually on the money, but the Joseph Hayden just made a great play to pop the ball into the air to let his safety grab the pick. Mariota would then throw his fourth interception on the Titans last possession as Mariota put the ball behind his target, right into the hands of Sean Davis of the Steelers.
2017 Week 12 vs IND (17 / 25 / 184 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota has a very rough game for the second week in a row. He got off to a decent start with a well-thrown pass to Eric Decker on the team's first drive of the game. Midway through the first quarter, Mariota found Delanie Walker for 37 yards on a deep ball thrown into triple coverage. The decision was poor, but the throw was absolutely on the money. His first interception was an underthrown ball on which the defender made a great catch that was upheld after review. Mariota did not step into that pass at all despite having time to make the throw. His second interception on the very next drive. On this one, his intended receiver actually fell down on the route in addition to Mariota overthrowing it, resulting in a costly interception late in the half. Mariota had a nice touchdown pass off play action to Delanie Walker to close out the third quarter, floating the into the back-left corner of the end zone from the goal line. Mariota also did a great job making a big-time throw across the middle of the field to Corey Davis for a chunk gain on the Titans' game-winning drive. While his throw was slightly high, it was a good read to find Davis open on that route. Outside of those few big plays though, Mariota overall looked rough as he was inaccurate for most of the day.
2017 Week 13 vs HOU (15 / 23 / 150 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another mediocre day that was saved by his rushing productivity. He was held to less than 200 passing yards for the second straight week. Mariota's rushing touchdown came from nine yards out as he made a great read to keep the ball and roll left instead of handing it off to Derrick Henry. Mariota even fooled the cameraman with how good of a fake this was as he accelerated to the left side and easily made it into the end zone for the Titans' first touchdown of the day. Mariota had another nice run near the end of the half as found nothing he liked downfield and proceeded to outrun three Texans' defenders to the edge for a 12-yard gain and a first down to get the Titans into field goal range. His day through the air was not as spectacular as Mariota struggled with accuracy on a number of throws. He missed a wide open Jonnu Smith in the end zone early in this game as Mariota tried to run for the first down but was stopped. Mariota did perform well when not under pressure though, as his offensive line did a solid job throughout the game in pass protection with all 150 of Mariota's passing yards coming from a clean pocket. Mariota's lone touchdown pass was a beauty though as he found Delanie Walker across the middle of the field with a very accurate throw for the 24-yard score.
2017 Week 14 vs ARI (16 / 31 / 159 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had one of the worst games of his career this last week as he completed just 51.6% of his passes for 159 yards and two interceptions. Mariota continued to struggle with throwing downfield here as he completed just five of 16 attempts of 10 or more yards downfield for 88 yards and two interceptions. Mariota made a nice throw on the run do Decker late in the third quarter that went for 29 yards, his longest play of the game. Shortly after this nice throw by Mariota, he made a horrible decision throwing downfield near the goal line with no Titans receiver in sight as the Cardinals picked him off for the first time in the game. Mariota then helped seal the deal for the Cardinals late in the fourth quarter as he completely overlooked linebacker Josh Bynes on a low throw across the middle of the field, letting Bynes jump up to snatch Mariota's second interception of the game. Mariota had been making up for his inefficiency through the air with some fantasy points on the ground, but he only rushed for 11 yards without a touchdown in this game.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (23 / 33 / 241 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense had a slow start with just a field goal to show until the last few seconds of the first half when Mariota found Delanie Walker for a four-yard touchdown reception. From that drive forward, Mariota looked very refreshed as he led the Titans to three straight scores to help them get a lead in the fourth quarter that would ultimately be blown by their defense to lose the game. Mariota made some impressive throws throughout the day, including hooking up with Rishard Matthews on four passes for over 20 yards as Matthews. Mariota's second touchdown pass of the day was also to Matthews, coming on a short stop-and-go route near the goal line that left Mariota with a very easy throw to make for the score. Mariota did not do much at all with his legs here as he had only two scrambles for four yards, but he was well protected as he took just one sack. This game did mark the first time in five weeks that he has thrown for multiple touchdowns and just his second game in the last seven he has finished without throwing an interception.
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (22 / 39 / 275 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another tough outing as he got off to the worst start possible with an interception on his first pass of the game. He also had another pass that was nearly picked off in the end zone after a tip late in the first quarter. He was under pressure for most of the day despite only taking one sack, as the pressure showed with Mariota's overall inaccuracy along with multiple passes getting batted down at the line of scrimmage. He made a great play with his legs late in the first half as Mariota danced down the left sideline for 14 yards, surprisingly not stepping out of bounds earlier than when he was called out. Mariota threw a few great balls later in the game as he did a better job moving the offense, including a pass that was on target to a sprinting Taywan Taylor deep downfield, but Taylor simply could not haul it in under heavy coverage. Corey Davis was a big target here for Mariota as he placed the ball very well on a few deep throws in the direction of Davis, including a perfect out route around 20 yards downfield in the fourth quarter. The last play of the game for the Titans and Mariota was an ugly one though, as Mariota scrambled to the right but could not find an open receiver before misjudging Conner Barwin and inevitably falling backward while recklessly chucking the ball in the air for an incomplete pass and turnover on downs.
2017 Week 17 vs JAX (12 / 21 / 134 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 60 / 0 rush)
Despite struggling against the league's top defense, Marcus Mariota managed to make just enough plays to keep the chains moving and push the Titans to a win last week. Mariota's biggest highlights were with his legs, as he showed impressive speed throughout the game by making something out of otherwise busted plays. In large part due to the excellent coverage by this Jaguars secondary, Mariota rushed a season-high 10 times for 60 yards. He took a designed run late in the first half for around seven yards but stumbled before the first down marker. If not for his stumble, this would have been at least a 15-yard gain. He had another great run midway through the fourth quarter that helped put the Titans into scoring position. As a passer, however, Mariota predictably struggled. He spent a lot of time in the pocket as his receivers were well-covered, and the Titans offensive line struggled to contend with the Jaguars pass-rush which forced a number of balls to be thrown away while sacking Mariota three times. Nearly half of Mariota's 134 passing yards came on a 66-yard screen pass that Derrick Henry took to the house for a touchdown. Outside of that play, he really had no noteworthy throws against this extremely tough opponent.
2017 Week 18 vs KC (19 / 31 / 205 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 46 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota got off to a very slow start in his first ever playoff appearance. He looked to have a lack of focus as he was off-target on a number of his passes, including a very poorly thrown ball into double-coverage intended for Delanie Walker that resulted in his first and only interception of the game. Mariota also took a massive hit just before the two-minute warning, after which it was surprising to see he could even walk based on how hard he went down. It wasn't until late in the first half that the Titans offense actually did something, with Mariota making a few nice passes to set up a long field goal going into halftime. The second half was a big turnaround for Mariota, as he led three consecutive touchdown drives of at least 60 yards each to put up 19 unanswered points on the Chiefs. Mariota used his legs to convert a huge third-and-nine on their first drive of the second half as he tucked it to run 11 yards up the middle before smartly sliding to avoid contact. Later on that same drive, Mariota had another nice run on a designed keeper he took up the middle for 10 yards to get the Titans to the four-yard line. One of the wildest plays of the season then capped off this spectacular drive as Mariota scrambled around in the pocket, first going right, then switching directions to the left side of the field before launching a pass just as he appeared to be crossing the line of scrimmage. Mariota's pass was batted by a leaping Darrelle Revis, but the ball deflected right back into the hands of Mariota before he dove towards the pylon for what would inevitably be ruled as a touchdown. Mariota's first career post-season touchdown pass ended up actually being to himself! One of his best runs of the day, though, came in the fourth quarter as Mariota was facing third-and-nine with no open receivers. With no options, he decided to take it down the sideline himself, cutting back towards the middle of the field to barely stay in bounds for a 17-yard run and the first down. Later in the drive, Mariota overthrew a wide-open Corey Davis down the sideline, but he followed that play up with an impressive throw to Eric Decker for a 22-yard touchdown to take the lead for the Titans. As the Titans tried to wind down the game inside of the two-minute warning, while not a typical play for a quarterback, it is worth noting that Mariota got his hands dirty here by throwing an impressive block for Derrick Henry to set up the 22-yard run that would inevitably put the win on ice for the Titans.
2017 Week 19 vs NE (22 / 37 / 254 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 37 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota and the Titans started out hot in this game with a 95-yard touchdown drive to take an early first quarter lead over the Patriots. This drive was certainly the highlight of the game for the Titans as Mariota made some great passes while also making impressive plays with his legs, including an 11-yard scramble on third-and-seven to keep the drive alive. Mariota would convert another critical third down with a bullet to Rishard Matthews over the middle for eight yards. Soon after that play, Mariota kept it on an option to the right as he accelerated for his second 11-yard run of the drive. Two plays later, Mariota a very impressive pass to Corey Davis in the corner of the end zone on which Davis hauled in the one-handed circus catch for the first touchdown of the game. Mariota's second and only other touchdown would come in garbage time as he found Corey Davis again on a well-thrown ball that Davis plucked out of the air while falling out of the end zone, barely tapping his toes for the score. Outside of that long drive in the first quarter and his couple of touchdown passes, there really were not a ton of highlights for Mariota as he was under severe pressure for most of this game. Losing his All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin early in the game certainly did not help as Mariota would end up getting sacked eight times - the most he has been sacked in a game all season long. It was reported after the game that Mariota actually sprained his quadriceps in the first quarter of the game and played through the rest of the game with that injury, which helps explain why 31 of his team-leading 37 rushing yards all came before halftime.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (25 / 41 / 271 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
If only NFL games were only 30 minutes long... Marcus Mariota played very well in the first half, leading the Titans down the field for a couple of scoring drives while making great decisions both passing and running the ball. The Titans passed the ball much more than expected here with only 22 rushes to 41 pass attempts. Mariota's continued connection with Tajae Sharpe was also very encouraging to see, as they obviously have some solid chemistry. Mariota's usage of his legs came in key spots as well, much more impactful than his 19 rushing yards would seem. However, once the second half rolled around, Marcus Mariota seemed to turn into an entirely different quarterback. It started with Mariota throwing a very ill-advised pass under pressure that resulted in an interception returned to the house for a touchdown. Two possessions later, Mariota had an ugly miscommunication with Demarco Murray on the zone read that resulted in a fumbled handoff that was also scooped up and returned for a touchdown. It was really these 2 mistakes that changed the entire landscape of the game for the Titans. Mariota did get lucky on a penalty in the 4th quarter that called back what would have been ins 2nd interception of the game. We would expect a bounce back next week against a weaker Lions defense.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (25 / 33 / 238 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota finished this game with a very similar statline as last week, but a very different result as he made far less costly mistakes to ultimately leave his team to victory. Mariota had a slow start to this game, held to only 81 passing yards in the first half largely due to very poor offensive line play combined with great coverage by the Lions. Mariota had a number of failed 3rd down conversions where he was forced to attempt a play with his legs due to his offensive line getting dominated off the ball. Before starting to heat up in the 4th quarter, Mariota under-threw a deep ball to Rishard Matthews that resulted in a costly interception. Mariota's first passing touchdown came at the start of the 4th quarter as he found Delanie walker on a long ball from 30 yards out. This was an extremely well-executed throw as Mariota stepped up in the pocket to throw a strike just over Walker's head into his hands to hit him full stride into the end zone. Mariota's 2nd touchdown was even more impressive as it capped off a 93-yard drive that would ultimately win the game for the Titans. This touchdown went to Andre Johnson from 9 yards out with a ball lofted perfectly between 3 defenders in the back of the endzone. It was encouraging to see Mariota bounce back from the rough first half and lead his team to victory with some excellent plays and decision-making in late game situations that matter most, but he will need to do more with his legs to become more relevant from a fantasy perspective.
2016 Week 3 vs OAK (17 / 33 / 214 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
This was quite the forgettable outing for Marcus Mariota. In one of his worst fantasy performances ever, Mariota failed to find the end zone while turning the ball over three times. The 1st interception was actually a good throw where the defender simply wrestled the ball away. The 2nd interception was a poor throw placed behind target Rishard Matthews. Mariota nearly threw a third interception when he lobbed the ball up to tight end Jace Amaro, but Amaro was so wide open that he was able to catch the ball as it fell to him as if it were a punt. Had Mariota put more behind that ball, Amaro would have been in the end zone for an easy touchdown. Near the end of the game, Mariota actually threw a good pass to Andre Johnson for what would have been an 18-yard touchdown, but it was called back due to Johnson pushing off. Overall, it was a very rough outing that disappointed both his team and fantasy owners.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (13 / 29 / 202 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
Bright spots for Mariota in this game were few and far between as he turned in yet another forgettable performance. Mariota has now thrown at least one interception in every game this season while failing to find the end zone for two weeks in a row. His offensive line actually played well in this game, aided by the absence of J.J. Watt for the Texans, yet Mariota continues to make poor decisions with the ball. Mariota's mistakes came more often on later downs as he was dealing with pressure, with his biggest mistake being a very sloppy interception on a throw towards Delanie Walker with Walker not even looking. Mariota did throw a very impressive deep ball to Rishard Matthews for 60-yards early in the first half, but aside from that, he will have plenty to think on going into next week at Miami. Mariota is untouchable right now for fantasy purposes.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (20 / 29 / 163 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 60 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had his best game of the season and finished as the top scoring fantasy quarterback among Thurs / Sun afternoon games as he had a hand in all four of the Titans touchdowns. The Titans really moved the ball at will throughout this game as things were clicking both on the ground and through the air. Mariota's first touchdown (rushing) came on a designed quarterback run to the right from five yards out. Mariota's next and first passing touchdown was to Andre Johnson on a ball that Mariota floated perfectly over the defense from five yards out. His second passing touchdown came on the heels of a 2-minute drill to close out the first half. Mariota had a nice 22-yard run to set up field position, but made a rather costly mistake of sliding instead of going out of bounds. The 20-yard touchdown pass was very well-thrown to Delanie Walker who executed his route to perfection. Mariota's third and final touchdown pass came mid-way through the 4th quarter as Mariota threw a floater off his back foot to the corner of the end zone for Rishard Matthews to make the catch diving backwards.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (17 / 24 / 284 / 3 / 1 pass, 7 / 64 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota got off to a fast start in this game and never slowed down as he led his team to another victory on the heels of a great fantasy performance. All season long, it seems that the success of the Titans has been directly linked to the play of Mariota, and Mariota usually does well when he gets his legs involved in the game. The Titans coaching staff is finally beginning to realize this, as the very first play of the game was a designed quarterback run that Mariota exploded for 41 yards down the left sideline. Mariota capped the 75-yard opening drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews. Mariota's next big play came early in the 2nd quarter when he threw an impressive deep ball to Kendall Wright for a diving catch resulting in a 48-yard touchdown. Mariota was not hesitant with the deep ball here as he hit Rishard Matthews on another long pass 43 yards to set up the Titans third touchdown. Mariota's third passing touchdown came in the 4th quarter on the heels of the Titans' longest drive of the game as he floated a great pass to Anthony Fasano who was crossing the middle of the field and muscled it in for the 15-yard touchdown.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (22 / 37 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota's performance this week was very rough around the edges as his mistakes yet again played a critical part in the Titans's loss. While his stat line looks acceptable with a couple of touchdowns to zero interceptions, a critical fumble returned by the Colts for a touchdown late in the game prevented the Titans from a comeback opportunity. Mariota started the game strong as he led a 70-yard opening drive that resulted with his first touchdown pass to offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on a designed play for Lewan 10 yards away from the goal line. Mariota ended the first half strong also as he dinked and dunked down the field with short passes for an 80-yard touchdown drive. Mariota's next touchdown pass came on the second drive of the 3rd quarter as he found Delanie Walker wide open in the middle of the end zone for the 7-yard touchdown pass. This touchdown did not come easily though as Mariota struggled to hold on to the ball that drive--he threw a bad interception in Tennessee territory that was called back on a penalty. A few plays later, Mariota then fumbled after receiving the snap but managed to jump on it for the recovery.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (18 / 22 / 270 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had one of the best games of his career Thursday night as he completed 81.8% of his passes in a contest that got out of hand quickly. Mariota led on five straight 50+ yard scoring drives in the first half, including a 90-yard three minute drill resulting in a field goal to close the first half. Mariota threw for two touchdowns on the day, the first of which came on a perfectly thrown deep ball to Kendall Wright from 36 yards out to open the 2nd quarter. Mariota would have had a 44-yard touchdown to Phillip Supernaw later in the 2nd quarter, but after replay, the officials ruled Supernaw out of bounds 14 yards short of the end zone. Mariota's second touchdown was from four yards out to Rishard Matthews on a simple crossing route on which Mariota had great timing on the throw in between defenders. Mariota's overall stat line could have been much better had he not been so efficient in the first half with the Titans jumping out to the 27-0 lead. Mariota also was not nearly as involved rushing the ball as he only had 11 yards, but again, he really did not have to considering how great he was from the pocket in this game.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (27 / 43 / 313 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had a very impressive day on the fantasy score sheet as he accounted for four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing), exceeding 300 passing yards for the first time this season. Mariota's first passing touchdown came from 16 yards out on a throw across the middle to Rishard Matthews. His second passing touchdown came on the heels of a well executed 75-yard drive with 2 minutes remaining in the half as Mariota found Rishard Matthews for a second time in the corner of the end zone on an easy throw as Matthews beat the coverage. Mariota's rushing touchdown may have been his most impressive of the season as put his body on the line after a 14-yard scramble by diving for the pylon, barely clipping it for the touchdown. Mariota's final touchdown came near the end of the game while the Chargers were playing prevent defense as they allowed the Titans to cap an 80-yard drive with Mariota finding Delanie Walker from 8 yards out on a very well-executed throw in between defenders. The window in which he found Walker was extremely tight, but Mariota put some strength behind the throw to zoom it in between defenders with perfect timing. With all of Mariota's success, he still could not overcome the big mistakes that have plagued his season. Mariota showed poor ball security for the 7th time this season as he fumbled on a scramble that resulted in the Raiders returning the recovery for a 36-yard touchdown. Then, on the Titans drive to try and tie the game late in the 4th, Mariota sailed a ball that should have been thrown much harder, resulting in an interception returned for the go-ahead touchdown that would ultimately seal the Titans fate.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (19 / 26 / 295 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another very solid outing as he led the Titans to a rout of the Green Bay Packers. This game marked the fourth time in the past seven games that Mariota has thrown for three or more touchdowns. Mariota nearly made it through the entire first half without throwing an incompletion, starting the game 10/10 for 196 yards and two touchdowns until his first miss with around two minutes left in the half. Mariota's first passing touchdown came at the end of the first quarter as he found a wide open Anthony Fasano on a nice labb in the corner of the end zone from nine yards out. His next touchdown was mid-way through the second quarter on a 32-yard deep ball that found Rishard Matthews in stride in the end zone. Mariota's third touchdown was to Kendall Wright from six yards out as the two hooked up on a bootleg to the right with Wright following Mariota's roll. Mariota's fourth and final passing touchdown came as a result of blown coverage as the cornerback was expecting receiver Tajae Sharpe to stop, but Sharpe kept going full speed finding himself wide open for Mariota's longest touchdown pass of the day for 33 yards. Had the Titans not jumped out to the early 21-0 lead, Mariota's day could have been even more massive than it was.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (25 / 38 / 290 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota increased his streak of multi-touchdown games to seven in the losing effort against the Colts. Mariota put up decent fantasy numbers in this outing despite a slow start in which the Titans punted on their first four possessions. Penalties and excellent pressure by the Colts put Mariota in some tough long-yardage situations throughout the first half until he could finally find a groove on the final drive of the half. This last drive of the first half went for 68 yards, fueled by a number of big throws by Mariota, including three 15+ yard strikes to three different receivers. The drive was capped off by Mariota making a very impressive move to avoid the sack and make a well timed throw across the middle for three yards to Demarco Murray for his first touchdown of the game. Mariota's second touchdown pass game early in the second half when he executed a near-perfect play action fake that fooled the secondary just enough for Tajae Sharpe to get behind them for Mariota to his him in stride in the back of the end zone for the 34-yard touchdown. Mariota mixed in some nice plays with his legs to rush for 29 yards, but was also dropped in the backfield five times as his offensive line did not pass protect as well as usual here. Despite the loss, Mariota remains hot and should be a solid option next week against the Bears.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (15 / 23 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 46 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota continues to put up consistent fantasy numbers as he threw for at least two touchdowns yet again this week, despite passing for only 226 yards (lowest since Week 5). Mariota looked very good early in this game as he completed his first seven pass attempts with both passing touchdowns coming in the first half. Mariota's first touchdown was a four yard strike to Delanie Walker, set up by excellent pass blocking so Mariota had more than enough time for Walker's route to evolve. Mariota's second score came late in the first half as he placed a deep ball from 29-yards out right in the back of the end zone for Rishard Matthews to make a diving touchdown catch. Mariota added some flare with his legs in this game also, with one of his better rushing performances fueled by an explosive 29-yard run midway through the third quarter. Mariota made a great read on the run fake option and showed solid acceleration and top speed to get that far downfield before being stopped only a few yards short of the end zone.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 20 / 88 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)
As was to be expected against an elite Broncos secondary, Marcus Mariota had a very rough fantasy day. This outing was the worst of his career as he only managed to complete 30% of his passes for below 100 yards and no touchdowns--breaking his streak of multi-touchdown outings. While Mariota played well with what he could, the overall game script here warranted a much more run-heavy approach since that is where to attack the Broncos defense. Mariota did have one passing touchdown that was called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty, but even that would not have salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. He looked very good using his legs throughout this game, particularly on a few read options in the first quarter where he ran for 10+ yards to convert for key first downs. Mariota has another tough matchup next week heading into Kansas City.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (19 / 33 / 241 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another quiet fantasy day as this game did not feature much offense by either team. Mariota did make some big plays, starting with a nice 35-yard pass to Rishard Matthews that would have been close to a touchdown had Matthews not fumbled at the goal line. Mariota led a very solid drive near the end of the 4th quarter to set the Titans up for their second touchdown to bring the game within one point. This drive was kept alive by a few solid passes across the middle to Delanie Walker to convert third downs, followed by a big fourth down conversion coming on a perfect back shoulder throw into one-on-one coverage to Demarco Murray. Mariota did lose a fumble and throw an interception in this contest--his first turnovers since Week 9. Mariota's interception midway through the third quarter actually came on a good throw, but was forced by a very impressive play by Ron Parker to make a one-handed grab in front of intended target Delanie Walker.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (8 / 20 / 99 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had to be carted off the field at the end of the third quarter with what we now know was a fractured right fibula / ankle. This injury will end the year for Mariota, as he will have surgery this week and be on a 4-5 month recovery timeline--planning to return in time for next season's OTA's. Prior to the injury, Mariota was having a very quiet day completing less than 50% of his passes for 99 yards and one passing touchdown to Rishard Matthews near the goal line. Mariota will go into the 2017 season as a clear top-12 fantasy quarterback option based on his huge step forward taken this year.
2015 Week 1 vs TB (13 / 16 / 209 / 4 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
It was a record-setting start to the career of Marcus Mariota. The Titans adjusted their playbook perfectly to his skill set without oversimplifying his responsibilities. This allowed Mariota to prosper as he repeatedly found the open receiver and made accurate throws from the pocket. His running ability was still evident, but Mariota's crisp footwork and precision passing ability was the basis of the offense. His first throw of the game was his most impressive, not because of its difficulty but rather the timing and placement on a pass to Kendall Wright. Too often these passes from Titans quarterbacks haven't hit their intended receiver in stride. With Mariota, every pass was arriving where it should and when it should. It allowed the whole offense to function better than it has in a very, very long time.
2015 Week 2 vs CLE (21 / 37 / 257 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
It was an inconsistent individual display for Marcus Mariota. The quarterback showed off great strengths that many said he didn't have, making progression reads from the pocket and throwing downfield under pressure, but also reaffirmed concerns about his ball security with multiple fumbles, one was negated by a late delay of game penalty. The story of this game was largely about what was happening around the rookie quarterback rather than what he was doing. For most of the game, Mariota's offensive line was overwhelmed. Even before they lost Chance Warmack, their best offensive lineman, in the first half, the unit was blowing assignments in pass protection and losing individual matchups on a regular basis.
2015 Week 3 vs IND (27 / 44 / 367 / 2 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota was getting no help during the first half of this game. Multiple drives were ended prematurely on dropped passes past the first down marker before the quarterback threw a perfect pass to Delanie Walker that was also dropped. This drop resulted in an interception though, as the ball popped up into the air for an incoming safety. While Mariota's numbers were suffering from a lot of drops and poor pass protection during the first half, the quarterback also missed too many downfield throws. Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker in particular had got open for big plays that Mariota couldn't hit. Save for his long accuracy issues, Mariota was playing very well. He was consistently reading through progressions and finding open receivers while handling pressure in the pocket. He led a long touchdown drive just before halftime that culminated in a quick throw underneath to Kendall Wright that went for a short touchdown. Mariota only really made one glaring mistake in the whole game, but it was a significant one. He led the safety to the ball on a deep pass late in the fourth quarter that was intercepted. The play set the Colts up in the redzone for a touchdown. Mariota rebounded impressively from that turnover. He made plays from the pocket to score what could have been a game-tying touchdown, but the Titans took the ball out of his hands on the two point conversion, failing to run the ball in.
2015 Week 5 vs BUF (21 / 32 / 187 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 47 / 0 rush)
It wasn't a spectacular day for Marcus Mariota. For your typical rookie quarterback, it would have been a strong outing against a vaunted opponent. For Mariota, it was a game of inconsistency. He ended the game with an interception, but the throw and decision wasn't necessarily bad. Justin Hunter had beaten Stephon Gilmore so badly that the cornerback was in position to catch a pass intended for Kendall Wright. The more concerning play for Mariota came early in the game. He was once again targetting Kendall Wright, but this time the receiver himself had beaten Gilmore on a double move down the left sideline. Mariota should have led him downfield for a long touchdown reception, but the quarterback severely underthrew his teammate. Mariota's deep passing remains his biggest concern. Although his numbers weren't spectacular, Mariota mostly made good decisions and threw accurately from the pocket against a tough defense.
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (21 / 33 / 219 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had a quiet first quarter as the Dolphins were able to sustain multiple drives. The quarterback's performance became less relevant when he took a low hit in the pocket at the start of the second quarter. Mariota appeared to hurt his knee and was limping during the remainder of the drive. His lack of comfort in the pocket led to Cameron Wake forcing a fumble from him to end that drive. Mariota came back in for the following drive, but lost another fumble when Wake got a hand to the ball once more. Mariota made a number of impressive throws from the pocket after those fumbles, but his next most significant play came in the third quarter when Reshad Jones jumped in front of a slant route for a pick six. Mariota and the Titans had run that specific play a lot this year to great success, it was inevitable that someone would read it and jump the route. Mariota led a touchdown drive before the end of the third quarter, but opened the fourth quarter with an interception. He forced the ball down the seam, underthrowing it so Brent Grimes could undercut the ball. It was clearly Mariota's worst game of the season as the Miami Dolphins defense was able to consistently get pressure on him.
2015 Week 9 vs NO (28 / 39 / 371 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota was on point with his passes in his first game back from injury as evidenced by his 71.8% completion percentage, but it didn't hurt that he had a little lady luck on his side as well. With a little over a minute remaining in the first quarter, Mariota and the Titans were facing 3rd and 6 from their own 39-yard lane. Mariota heaved a pass toward the left sideline that deflected off of two Saints defenders around the 40-yard line into the waiting arms of Delanie Walker, who raced down the sideline for the first of his two scores on the day. The rookie signal caller would lead three more touchdown drives on the day, the first two in regulation. He led a 5-play, 77-yard drive capped off with a 2-yard pass to Walker in the second quarter and an 8-play, 57-yard drive that resulted in an 8-yard Justin Hunter touchdown in the fourth quarter. Mariota would go on to lead an impressive 9-play, 80-yard drive in overtime, hitting Anthony Fasano in the end zone for the game-winning score. It was a great win for the first-year starter and a strong building block for interim head coach Mike Mularkey.
2015 Week 10 vs CAR (16 / 24 / 185 / 0 / 1 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
The Carolina Panthers defense proved to be a much sterner test than the New Orleans Saints defense did a week previous. Mariota played relatively well, but the Titans offense as a whole struggled. Mariota couldn't find his receivers as Mike Mularkey's gameplan was extremely cautious in its efforts to protect the quarterback. When he was throwing downfield, he mostly looked for Delanie Walker over the middle. Walker benefited a lot from Mariota's anticipatory throws that were allowing him to catch the ball in pockets of space over the middle of the field. His interception came on a play when he heaved the ball to a spot downfield hoping that Dorial Green-Beckham would make a play on it in the air. Green-Beckham was lazy coming out of his break so he never had a chance to make a play on the ball. The defender covering the rookie receiver took a proactive approach to dive beneath it.
2015 Week 11 vs JAX (22 / 35 / 231 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota wasn't getting much help from anyone in this game, but he also wasn't helping himself as much as he could have. His downfield passing remains an issue, especially when targeting anyone not named Delanie Walker. Despite his inability to locate his receivers consistently downfield, Mariota was still making plays from the pocket. Much of his yardage was soaked away in the holding and pass interference penalties that were called on Harry Douglas. Mariota eventually found his way into the endzone during the third quarter when he kept the ball on a read-option play. It's not something Mariota has done often this year, but with a clean running lane he was able to extend the play into the endzone from 23 yards away. Mariota ran twice more on the following drive, presumably frustrated by the futility of the passing game. The quarterback tried to drag his team to a late game-winning touchdown drive, but finished the game with a strip sack. Considering the state of the Titans offense as a whole, this was another positive game for Mariota. His offensive line has no cohesion and his receivers aren't getting separation, so his numbers are going to be low more often than not this season.
2015 Week 12 vs OAK (17 / 37 / 218 / 3 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
It was an uneventful first series for Mariota and the Titans passing game. He attempted two passes, the first was tipped at the line of scrimmage and the other fell incomplete downfield as his intended receiver appeared to run a different route to the one he was expecting. That was how much of the first quarter went for Mariota. The offense was disjointed and lacked rhythm with only Delanie Walker offering a consistent outlet for the quarterback. He did throw one touchdown pass to Craig Stevens with an impressive throw down the seam against tight coverage. Mariota's deep passing has been a major problem this year for the Titans passing game. It was a concern of his coming out of college. Another example was offered up in the third quarter when Kendall Wright was open behind the defense for a huge gain but Mariota's pass hung in the air too long. Mariota threw a second pass that hung too high when he looked for Harry Douglas in the endzone soon after. This time Douglas was able to make an unlikely reception with a defender draped over him for the score. A fumble on the following kickoff return set the Titans offense up again in scoring range immediately. Mariota made a bad coverage read on Third-and-20, throwing the ball straight to David Amerson for the interception. He rebounded well from that turnover, leading his offense down the field for a fourth quarter touchdown. Mariota capped the drive off with a short throw to fullback Jalston Fowler in the endzone after play action. The Raiders scored a late touchdown to retake the lead, but the Titans couldn't respond as Mariota ended the game with another interception. It looked like he was expecting Dorial Green-Beckham to turn his route infield but he stayed wide on the sideline.
2015 Week 13 vs JAX (20 / 29 / 268 / 3 / 1 pass, 9 / 112 / 1 rush)
The Titans offense made a sluggish start to this game. Mariota didn't complete a pass on a quick three-and-out, before he was almost intercepted on a short out route on their second drive. It was a slow start, but the quarterback sparked a touchdown drive with a very impressive throw to Dorial Green-Beckham on Third-and-11. Mariota's ability to throw the ball back across the field after leaving the pocket has stood out all season, it allowed Green-Beckham to gain 17 yards at the start of that drive but it also allowed Mariota to find Craig Stevens in the endzone for his first touchdown. The quarterback stayed hot on the following drive, moving the offense downfield with smart, accurate throws to short and intermediate routes before hitting Delanie Walker for a touchdown in the endzone on a seam route. Mariota hit another couple of passes on the following drive, but was intercepted by cornerback Davon House. After being fortunate to avoid an interception earlier in the game, Mariota was ironically picked off by House after he threw an accurate pass that bounced off of Dorial Green-Beckham's hands. Mariota played very well in the first half. After the interception setback, he ran a hurry-up offense for another touchdown, this time a one-yard run from Antonio Andrews. Mariota converted multiple third downs and hit Delanie Walker for a big play that set the offense up on the one-yard line. In the third quarter, Mariota connected on a long ball with Dorial Green-Beckham for a huge touchdown reception. In the fourth quarter, Mariota lost a fumble when he took a blindside sack from his right side. His eyes were looking to the other side of the field as Byron Bell let his defender go clean after the quarterback. That allowed the Jaguars to retake the lead on a touchdown, but Mariota responded on the following third down with an 80+ yard run for a touchdown. That play was all about Mariota's speed on a scramble, but it should be noted that the Titans ran Mariota twice in the first half on designed runs and had him keep the ball twice on reads in the second.
2015 Week 14 vs NYJ (21 / 39 / 274 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
It was a rough start for the Titans passing game, as Delanie Walker dropped a first down pass on the first snap before Mariota missed him on third down with a high throw. Mariota did find Dorial Green-Beckham deep downfield with a perfect touch pass down the seam, but it preceded a turnover. After holding the ball in the pocket on third-and-long, the quarterback overthrew Dexter McCluster underneath with a hand in his face for the interception. The Titans were being blown out in the first half. At 27-0, Mariota began to force the ball downfield in a two-minute drill. He should have been intercepted when he overthrew his intended target downfield but two Jets defensive backs got in each other's way. After halftime, Mariota came out and made a couple of impressive throws to move the offense past midfield. He then made an unexpected touchdown reception on a wildcat throw from Antonio Andrews. Mariota ran an impressive route to make the defender fall down before running clear down the sideline. In the fourth quarter, Mariota had a fumble that highlighted how loosely he had carried the ball at times during the game as a whole.
2015 Week 15 vs NE (3 / 6 / 32 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mariota and the Titans passing game had a quiet first quarter. He found Dorial Green-Beckham for a big play downfield, but penalties forced the offense into bad down-and-distance situations. At the beginning of the second quarter, Mariota looked to find Harry Douglas deep down the field but had the ball knocked out during his windup for a fumble. The ball was returned to the Titans endzone for a touchdown. After the Titans recovered a punt deep in Patriots territory, Mariota was hit in the pocket by a blitz and left the game with a leg injury.