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Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee

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Titans could not have started much uglier.They sure showed they can finish.Mariota threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds left Authentic Dion Lewis Jersey , and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 16-point deficit and beat the New York Jets 26-22 on Sunday.The Titans (6-6) snapped a two-game skid to keep themselves on the fringes of the AFC playoff chase. Mariota, who had an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, notched the 12th game-winning drive of his career and eighth since the start of the 2017 season."Marcus isn't going to be the guy giving pep talks," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of his quarterback. "He's very calm, cool, collected. He takes control of the huddle, and you can see him in the most critical situations he's at his best. And so that's great to see."The Jets (3-9) had one last chance to snap their own losing streak, but Malcolm Butler intercepted Josh McCown's pass with 21 seconds left to seal Tennessee's victory and the Jets' collapse. New York now has lost six straight with this latest loss leaving Jets coach Todd Bowles "fuming.""Dumb mistakes at dumb times cost us ballgames, and that's why we're in the position we're in," Bowles said.Mariota looked nothing like the quarterback who turned in the second-best single-game performance in NFL history last week completing 95.7 percent of his passes in a loss at Houston. Home fans booed early and often as Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson got only his second interception this season and ran it back 31 yards for an early TD and a 10-0 lead.It was the Jets' first takeaway after the franchise tied a league record for futility for not forcing a turnover in five straight games. The Jets also sacked Mariota three times.Mariota threw for 220 of his 282 yards in the second half. He also led the Titans with 43 yards rushing, including a 25-yard scramble on the game-winning drive where he recovered his own fumble at the end."Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and I got lucky," Mariota said.A facemask penalty on Johnson during the play added to the end, and Mariota hit Anthony Firkser for 25 yards. Three plays later, he found Davis who ran in for the TD and the Titans' first lead of the game.McCown started his third straight with Sam Darnold still limited with an injured foot, and the 39-year-old veteran threw for only 128 yards as the Titans outgained the Jets 403-280 in total offense.New York led 22-13 on Jason Myers' fifth and final field goal, a 39-yarder with 26 seconds left in the third quarter."You can't do that," McCown said. "You've got to get seven points when you're down there Womens Ben Jones Jersey , and we didn't do that. And yeah, if you do that too much in the NFL, it will come back to get you, and it certainly did us today."The Titans had their chances to avoid the dramatic ending with first-and-goal on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter only to settle for a pair of field goals by Ryan Succop. The Titans forced the Jets to punt with 1:46 left and found themselves starting at their own 14 to set up the game-winning drive.SPECIAL INDEEDThe Jets got production from across the board on special teams. Kevin Pierre-Louis blocked a punt in the second quarter to set up Myers' third field goal, and Henry Anderson blocked Succop's extra-point attempt inside the final minute of the first half. Andre Roberts opened the third quarter with a 61-yard kickoff return.FLAG FESTThe Jets were flagged 11 times for 96 yards, including three times on the Titans' final drive with one offsetting. The Titans, who came in as the NFL's least penalized team, had eight for 75 yards.INJURIESJets O-lineman Spencer Long had an illness, so Dakota Dozier started at LG in his place. ... Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne hurt a shoulder, but returned.UP NEXTJets: Visit Buffalo next Sunday.Titans: Host Jacksonville on Thursday night.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker The Titans are riding a three-game winning streak, and they’re doing so at the right time. With Marcus Mariota gradually getting healthier and feeling more comfortable in Matt LaFleur’s offense, starting off 3-1 in the first quarter of the season is huge for the current leaders of the AFC South.On Sunday, Mariota came through for the Titans with one of his best career performances, completing a nice 69.8 percent of his passes for 344 yards, two touchdowns, a pick, and a rushing touchdown. His efforts pushed Tennessee over the top in overtime against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 26-23.For this week’s edition of Keeping Up With Marcus Mariota, let’s take a look at what exactly made the fourth-year quarterback silence his critics.gamepass.nfl.comMany of you are familiar with the work I’ve done on Mariota’s pocket movement in the past: His reputation is as a running quarterback when in actuality he’s at his best moving around the pocket. This was certainly highlighted on Sunday.On this 3rd and 7 Authentic Jayon Brown Jersey , Mariota is flushed out of the pocket due to blindside pressure, but manages to keep his balance and his eyes downfield. He cuts back inside the pocket, keeping his composure under pressure, and fires what should be a first down to second-year tight end Jonnu Smith. Instead, the ball is dropped—which was a common theme on Sunday—but Mariota’s pocket discipline and ability to keep the play alive are duly noted and appreciated.gamepass.nfl.comIn the past I’ve also compared Mariota’s style of passing to that of Tom Brady and Philip Rivers: Both quarterbacks process the field extremely quickly and have the ball out of their hands in the blink of an eye. Mariota plays similarly.Here, Mariota showcases his ability to quickly cycle through his progressions. His first read isn’t open, so he gets through the rest of his progressions in a flash before finding an open Corey Davis—who had a massive game—on the left sideline. That Mariota is able to keep his composure despite the presence of the edge rusher on the near side shows that he doesn’t anticipate pressure and plays calmly in spite of it.gamepass.nfl.comOn a 3rd and short, Mariota once again keeps his composure in order to convert a first down, this time doing it against interior pressure. He recognizes the rush in time as he glides past it while resetting his feet and putting this ball in a perfect position to Corey Davis. So not only is the pocket movement beautiful, but the ball placement is excellent, allowing Davis an opportunity to get yards after the catch after converting the first down.That’s another thing: The connection between Marcus Mariota and Corey Davis was something that was never realized until Sunday, when Davis rolled for nine catches for 161 yards and the game winning touchdown.gamepass.nfl.comThere’s not too much to say about this rainbow to Davis, but it shows how accurate Mariota has become as a downfield passer (he was one of the more accurate deep passers in the 2017-18 Deep Ball Project). The trajectory of this ball is sublime and it’s dropped right into Davis’ breadbasket. gamepass.nfl.comIncredibly, the Titans were able to pull this win off despite five drops from the receivers. None proved more near costly than this drop from Darius Jennings on another rainbow from Mariota. Fortunately, Tennessee was able to eventually score on this anxiety inducing drive, which included three fourth down conversions—one of which was aided by a defensive pass interference penalty.gamepass.nfl.comThis initially looks like awful coverage from safety Corey Graham, and it is as it allows Taiwan Taylor a nice, wide open spot to convert a 4th and 15 in overtime.From another angle www.titansfootballauthentics.com , however, it would seem that Graham became the latest victim of Mariota’s eye manipulation.gamepass.nfl.comIf you look a little closely, you’ll see that where Mariota is looking as he sets to fire the ball isn’t where he’s actually firing the ball. His eyes keep Graham in check, exploiting him and fitting this one in on the sideline to Taylor for a massive fourth down conversion. This is another reason I say that Mariota is at his best as a pocket passer: He’s one of the best quarterbacks at manipulating the secondary with his eyes, and under Matt LaFleur it seems it’s becoming more and more realized.gamepass.nfl.comEventually, Mariota was able to throw the game winning touchdown to—who else—Davis to give the Titans a 3-1 start to the season.Beyond Mike Vrabel’s aggressive mindset on fourth downs in overtime to play for the win and Matt LaFleur’s ability to give his quarterback a scheme that actually makes sense, Marcus Mariota was the most comfortable he’s been all season, maybe in the last two years. His interception was a bad throw, but he was otherwise fantastic on the day, constantly making precise passes and pocket adjustments under pressure.The receiving corps is still a concern, but Davis’ big day was a nice sign, so hopefully he’ll be able to continue being reliable for Mariota. Still, with LaFleur at the helm and Vrabel doing nice work in his first four games as head coach, Mariota easily has the best surrounding cast he’s ever had. And as he’s getting healthier and going into Week 5 coming off a phenomenal performance, Titans fans definitely have to be pleased at the start to the season.


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