The Tennessee Titans got everything the wished for and more from rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota in Sunday's 42-14 thrashing of Tampa Bay. It was a record setting and now award winning performance for Mariota in his first career start.
Against Tampa Bay, Mariota completed 13 of 16 passes for 209 yards and 4 touchdowns and finished with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. On Wednesday, Mariota was named the NFL AFC Offensive Player of the Week. It was his first such honor in the NFL, and not bad for someone who has only been eligible for the honor once.
In winning the award, Mariota becomes the first Titans player to earn the honor since former runningback Chris Johnson in 2012.
"It's an honor for sure," said Mariota. "There's a lot of deserving players, but again it's an honor and it wouldn't have been possible without my teammates."
Mariota will likely face a tougher defensive test in week two against the Cleveland Browns defense, though the Browns surrendered 31 points in Sunday's 31-10 loss to the New York Jets.
Cleveland will be playing their home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium when the Titans visit for the 1 p.m. EST kickoff Sunday.