Mariota Return Boosts Titans To Div Lead

Mariota Return Boosts Titans To Div LeadThe Titans were in dire need of a Marcus Mariota return against the Colts on Monday Night Football two weeks ago, and he showed up with 306 yards and two touchdowns (albeit one of them was to the other team). Still, a win’s a win, and after the Titans’ victory over the winless Cleveland Browns in Week 7, Tennessee sits at 4-3, tied with the Jaguars atop the AFC South.

However, with two weeks now in the books, the Mariota return still isn’t paying great dividends for the Titans’ confidence. The young quarterback should have been set for a career day against the Colts on MNF and again against the Browns a week later, but he didn’t play particularly effective football in either contest. The Titans barely beat the Colts, and against the Browns, Mariota came away with a meager stat line of 203 yards and no touchdowns. In fact, his team needed overtime to win, and they didn’t even cover the 5.5-point spread. Dude cost me $10.

Of course, the Titans are 2-0 since their field general came back from injury, and a solid half of their remaining schedule – with games against the Ravens, Bengals, Colts, and 49ers – is bona fide basement-dwelling. If Mariota can stay healthy and starts playing up to his ability, the Titans could win the AFC South with nine or 10 wins. (A super soft Jaguars schedule could see Jacksonville finish with 10 or 11 victories, so expect the Week 17 Jaguars vs. Titans matchup to have playoff implications.) Luckily, the Titans have a Week 8 bye, which means that Marcus Mariota will finally get in some solid practice time to bolster his return and bounce back to form.

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