While Mariota certainly is very fast and the offense occasionally caters to his athleticism with a designed run or option play, it is not their offense. But Mariota just ran for two TDs for the first time in his career, the franchise’s first quarterback with two TDs rushing since Steve McNair against New England on October 5, 2003.
ABOUT THE TITANS (2-2): Should Mariota be sidelined on Sunday, Matt Cassel is expected to get the nod with new acquisition Brandon Weeden to serve as the backup. Mariota could be good to go as early as Week 6 if he’s ultimately ruled inactive later today. Cassel, filling in for injured Tom Brady most of that season, completed 30 of 43 passes for 415 yards in a 48-28 Patriots romp over host Miami on November 23, 2008.
The Dolphins’ offense has been the worst, while the Titans’ defense has merely been bad.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he didn’t want Mariota doing much in practice, preferring the quarterback to heal.
Marcus Mariota suffered a hamstring injury last weekend in a blowout loss to the Houston Texans, and the Tennessee Titans consider him day-to-day. Adam Gase’s club finished the game with exactly 100 yards on the ground in the six-point win. Last season, the Titans won 30-17 in Miami.
Tennessee is 16-38-3 ATS in their last 57 games overall and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
Last week, the Miami Dolphins traveled all the way to London and were faced with the unenviable task of trying to slow down Drew Brees and the potent New Orleans Saints offense.
For the Bills, quarterback Tyrod Taylor has completed 65 of 99 attempts for 744 yards and 5 touchdowns so far this season. “To that point, I’m going to do my best to get healthy, and hopefully, I’ll be ready to go”.
Only the need isn’t enough to win a game, clearly.
Not to mention the Titans chose to go with Mariota after bringing in an all-star lineup off National Football League junk parts in Matt Barkley, Matt McGloin and T.J. Yates.
Dolphins: at Atlanta next Sunday.
It’s unlikely he’ll ever see the field for the Titans, but if he does and he performs badly, many fans will be wondering if the team should have signed Kaepernick instead.