There are a slew of interesting stats for Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota after four weeks.
After four weeks of the regular season, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has compiled some interesting stats.
Mariota has completed 62 percent of his passes thus far, en route to 933 yards and seven touchdowns to no picks. On Sunday, Mariota was 18-of-27 for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Four of those incompletions were throwaways, while another was a drop by Corey Davis.
Not only has Mariota not thrown any picks in 2019, he also hasn’t turned the ball over once. The Oregon product is one of three starting quarterbacks to not throw a pick this season, and he’s the only quarterback to start all four games and not turn the ball over once, per NFL research.
That’s a far cry from Mariota’s susceptibility to turning the ball over in years past.
Mariota owns a passer rating of 106.2, which is the seventh-best in the NFL.
Passer rating isn’t the best indicator of a quarterback’s success, but that’s still a great group to be apart of for the Titans QB.
In Week 4, Mariota didn’t take a single sack against the Atlanta Falcons, making it the first time since Week 1 of 2018 that he didn’t get taken to the ground for a sack.
Part of the reason why Mariota was able to avoid sacks was his ability to throw the ball away when necessary. Mariota did that four times on Sunday after throwing the ball away just three times in the first three games.
In what isn’t much of a surprise, there was a big discrepancy in Mariota’s numbers in Week 4 when he was facing pressure versus when he wasn’t.
Here is where Mariota ranks in some major quarterback categories, the most interesting of which is his number of pass plays of 40 yards or more.
Speaking of pass plays of 40 yards or more, Mariota has five of them in four games, which is the same amount he had all of last season, and he trails only Kansas City Chiefs signal-caller Patrick Mahomes in that category.
Mariota has had some help in that regard, though.
Only two of those passes have been true deep balls, as wide receiver A.J. Brown has taken two relatively short passes from Mariota for big yards after the catch, while running back Derrick Henry took a screen pass for 75 yards to the house.
The two passes that were true deep balls that gained 40 yards or more were dialed up to Brown for his first career catch in Week 1, and the other was targeted to fellow wideout Tajae Sharpe in Week 3.
It’s still good news regardless. It means that Mariota has receivers who can create big plays off of short passes, which is something he has not enjoyed during his time in Tennessee.
When you average Marcus Mariota’s current stats out over a 16-game slate, he’s on pace to have career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns, as well as a career-low in interceptions. If he can find some consistency, Mariota might be in for his best year yet by a mile.