Tennessee Titans Week 1 game balls: offense


This is a great week to be a Tennessee Titans fan, and really what more could you ask from the team offensively. The team was so efficient that they sat their starters in late in the third quarter and still managed to score 42 points.

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So without any more delay, let’s look at who deserves to get the most attention.

Bronze Ball: LT Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan is already a top-flight left tackle whether the NFL is taking notice or not. On outside runs he seals the edge, on screen passes he gets out and eats up defensive backs, on backside runs he gets to the second level, on pass plays he protects Marcus Mariota’s blind side, and he is a leader on and off the field. He literally checks every box.

So, with that it is a little bit of a disservice to give him the third place spot here but other performances from flashier positions stood out a little bit more.

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  • Silver Ball: WR Kendall Wright

    Wright needed to step up and help out his rookie quarterback (or so we thought) and step up he did. On 4 targets, Wright managed to catch all 4 for 101 yards and a touchdown.

    In case that number looks light to you remember this, the Tennessee Titans were trying to limit the offense to run out the clock and get the game over with because the Titans were winning by so much so early. So Marcus Mariota only threw 16 passes. Quick math shows you that means that Mariota targeted Wright on 25% of his passes and with great success.

    Mariota to Wright is going to be a great combination for the Tennessee Titans and this could be a very good tandem for a long time.

    Gold Ball: QB Marcus Mariota

    Come on, we all knew the deal with this. Let’s go over some quick stats:

    -Mariota was 13 of 16 which means he had an 82% completion percentage.

    -Mariota passed for 209 yards, which translates to a league leading 13.1 yards per attempt.

    -Mariota’s four touchdowns are tied with Tom Brady to lead the league, and that was despite only playing three quarters and again only throwing 16 passes.

    -He led the lead in total QBR.

    -He lead this Tennessee Titans team to their highest scoring (in regulation) game since a 47-7 win over St. Louis on December 13, 2009.

    How can it not be Marcus Mariota here?

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