Mariota admitted on Monday that he spent time with his parents in Nashville, went to his girlfriend’s soccer game and watched a lot of college football.
While he is just three games into his NFL career, the rookie and his teammates have been at it since July and the rest came in handy.
Now, Mariota and the Titans are ready to embark on the grueling stretch run of their final 13 games of the season. Despite the team’s 1-2 start to the season, Mariota and the Titans belive that there are many possitives heading into the long stretch starting with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.
“Those first three games is a good confidence booster for the entire team. We have been in every game, and we just have to learn how to finish,’’ said Mariota. “I think this bye week was an opportunity to learn, and get better.
“It all starts with one game at a time. If you focus too far ahead, you lose what is going on in the moment. For this team it is getting ready for Buffalo.”
Mariota’s rookie season is off to a great start, including tying two long standing NFL records. He’s currently ranked fifth in the NFL with a 109.2 in passer rating. Only Andy Dalton, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger rank higher through three games. He’s thrown eight touchdowns vs. only two interceptions while passing for 833 passing yards in three games.
Facing Buffalo's defense will be a challenge for Mariota and the Titans, as the Bills front seven are perhaps the strength of the team. Head coach Rex Ryan likes to pressure opponents, and he will likely follow the lead of the Browns in blitzing the rookie. How the Titans offensive line handles pressure the second time around will be a big indicator of the Titans chances to win on Sunday.