I don't think anyone on the planet saw this coming. The Tennessee Titans just blew out the Green Bay Packers. The game was never close, really. I know the Packers are out of sorts, but this was a big step for the franchise today. This is a game they would never win in years previous.
Onto the game. The Titans flipped the script on the Packers early on. They got the ball rolling with a 75 yard touchdown run from DeMarco Murray. Murray -- who struggled last week with a toe injury -- looked perfectly fine on his way to the endzone.
The defense stood tall to start, getting the ball back to Mariota quickly. Marcus didn't disappoint. He managed three (!!!) first half touchdown throws, spreading the ball to Wright, Matthews and Fasano.
Delanie Walker went for 100 yards in the first half alone, catching a touchdown pass from DeMarco Murray.
After starting hot, the defense got a little too comfortable. Aaron Rodgers got it going and managed to score 16 points before the halftime break.
He then opened the third quarter with another TD drive. All of the sudden, the Packers were back in this. It was 35-22 with 23 minutes of football to play.
Mariota -- right on cue -- threw his 4th touchdown of the day. The Packers lost Tajae Sharpe in coverage and Mariota put it on him for the score. It was the rookie's first career touchdown and put the Titans up 41-22.
The offenses finally cooled off. The teams traded drives back and forth, each managing just a field goal over the next several minutes. The Packers were down 19, but the defense finally stepped up to the plate. The pass rush got going in a big way as Morgan and Orakpo each got home.
With nine minutes left, Rodgers threw a pick. That would pretty much seal it.
Mariota was a flat out star today. He played just like he played last week against the Chargers, minus the turnovers. He was efficient, yet aggressive -- exactly what the Titans need out of him. He finished 19-26, 295 yards and 4 touchdowns.
DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards, getting 75 of those on his first rush attempt. Delanie Walker was the leading receiver, hauling in 9 balls for 124 yards and a score. Tajae Sharpe scored his first touchdown, tallying 9 catches for 68 yards.
Looking ahead to next week, the Titans have to bring this effort to Indy. The season pattern says the Titans will likely lay an egg next week, but they've got to figure out a way to string a couple of wins together. The Texans moved to 6-3, so every game is massive from here on out.
But for now, enjoy this. This is a game that the same old Titans would never win.