Last year we saw Marcus Mariota on the field for nine thrilling snaps and I expect more of the same tonight with the starting offense getting limited reps.
There is no reason to leave Mariota out against that pass rush unless you have had some consistency in camp with the offensive line and I just don’t see that at all.
In fact, I would imagine that the plan would be to come out with a run or play action on first down and then to get some quick passes out to minimize the pass rush.
With no Derrick Henry I think the idea will be to use the running back as a receiver first and to go in a lot 3 WR packages, this will give Mariota another outlet in case the pass rush is getting in the backfield too quickly.
The main things to watch from Mariota tonight is how much of the offense does it look like he knows? Has that consistency in offense led to quicker reads and more efficient drop backs?
For Tennessee Titans fans, the dream is to see Mariota get to the line quickly for an entire drive and then see him audible a play at the line of scrimmage and score a touchdown. If he can do that with only a handful of plays is a big if though.