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Marcus Mariota is Really Good

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Two quarterbacks have thrown 4 touchdowns with 0 interceptions in two games this year.  One of them is Tom Brady.  The other?  Marcus. Mariota.  That's not bad company for Mr. Mariota.

Then there is this from yesterday's game via the Elias Sports Bureau:

Marcus Mariota passed for 371 yards and four touchdowns, including a 5-yard toss to Anthony Fasano in overtime, to give the Titans a 34-28 win at New Orleans. But the most impressive number on Mariota's record on Sunday was a zero in the interceptions column. It was the second game this season in which Mariota threw four TDs and no INTs, matching the total of all other rookie quarterbacks since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The only other rookie QBs with even one such game during that time were Trent Edwards of Buffalo (2007) and Robert Griffin III of Washington (2012).

Incidentally, both of Mariota's tours de force were accomplished on the road. His first game with four TDs and no interceptions was Tennessee's season opener at Tampa Bay. The only other rookies to do so in a road game were Ray Buivid of the Bears (1937), Mickey Slaughter of the Broncos (1963), and Greg Cook of the Bengals (1969).


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Oh yeah, and this:

The rest of this season is all about keeping Mariota healthy and helping him develop.  Mike Mularkey did a really nice job yesterday of protecting his rookie quarterback with the running game and help from the tight ends.  Everyone will face a much tougher test this week when the Carolina Panthers come to town.