Few things are as satisfying to Ducks fans than seeing the greatest player in program history succeed at the NFL level.
Monday night was no exception, as the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner led the Tennessee Titans to a 28-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry’s World, getting some redemption in the venue that saw Oregon fall to Ohio State in the national championship game.
Mariota went 21-for-29 passing for 240 yards and two scores, and added another score on the ground for a 3 total TD night. The Titans improved to 4-4 on the season while Dallas falls to 3-5.
“It was a good team effort,” Mariota said unsurprisingly to ESPN after the win.
His rushing TD in the 4th quarter put Tennessee up by two scores, sealing the road win.
MARCUS MARIOTA WILL DO IT HIMSELF!!
— NFL (@NFL) November 6, 2018
His most impressive play of the night, though, was a second quarter dime down the middle.
— Titans Film Room (@titansfilmroom) November 6, 2018
Mariota has been dealing with injuries most of the season, including one that affects his ability to have feeling in his fingers. That reportedly seemed to improve before Monday’s game, and Mariota showed his ability to perform when healthy.
And ESPN graphics got very creative telling the story of Mariota’s many coaches and coordinators in his collegiate and professional career, a rotating relationship that has not helped the quarterback’s development.
ESPN boss: We need to drive home the point across that Marcus Mariota has had a lot of coaches in his short NFL career.
ESPN graphics guy: Ok, hear me out… pic.twitter.com/5GmF6ggqAi
— Austin Huff (@AustinHuff) November 6, 2018
When I think of Mariota’s first few years as a pro dealing with the vagaries of NFL life, I think of a metaphor of throwing sharks from a bucket at a surfer.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 6, 2018
Mariota’s Week Nine performance leads this week’s Local Lowdown. His 4-4 Titans will host Tom Brady and the 7-2 New England Patriots this Sunday in Nashville.