The Tennessee Titans offense showed up on Sunday in the mood to score points- 42 in all- and to make big plays and entertain the fans. It was a solid day, particularly on offense as the team snapped an eleven game home losing streak enroute to just their third win of the season.
How did the team's winning effort grade out in our weekly report card?
RUSHING OFFENSE- A+
Marcus Mariota became the first Titan to rush for over 100 yards in a game since the final game of the 2013 season. He had some help from both Antonio Andrews and David Cobb as the Titans combined for 210 rushing yards.
Of course the team can't hope for Mariota to reach the century mark every week, but when it happens with the help of one 87 yard touchdown run, no one will complain.
PASSING OFFENSE- A
Mariota had another outstanding game throwing the football. He ended the day 20 of 29 for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns, There was one interception but that was off a deflection where the ball hit Dorial Green-Beckham in the hands, only to have the ball bounce away and into the hands of a Jaguars defender.
Mariota threw the football all over the yard and showed great feel as on multiple occassions he stepped up into the pocket to avoid defenders and delivered the football on time and target to his receivers.
RUSHING DEFENSE- A
The Titans defense had a solid effort against the Jaguars running game, limiting them to just 81 total yards rushing for the game. T.J. Yeldon led the Jaguars with 57 yards rushing and never got much going or had a run longer than 9 yards. .
PASSING DEFENSE- F
Blake Bortles tourched the Titans passing defense to the tune of 332 yards and 5 touchdowns. He looked more like Brady than Borltes on Sunday which was a surprise considering how well the Titans have played on defense.
SPECIAL TEAMS- B
Speical teams were once again solid as Tre McBride managed 80 yards on four kickoff returns and did a good job of decision making on when to come out and when to stay put after a questionable call on the first return. Brett Kern punted jsut 3 times on the day for a 44.3 yards average and Ryan Succop was perfect on extra points.
The offensive game plan was very good, allowing the Titans to keep a good balance of run and pass. Of course the games biggest play can off a broken play but still it was solid. The Titans were only flagged for four penalties on the day, and since Mike Mularkey took over the penalties have dropped dramatically and the offensive line has become a soild pass protecting unit.