AFTER EXCITING KICKOFF WEEKEND, HERE COMES WEEK 2
The NFL got “Back to Football” with a thrilling Kickoff Weekend. There were close games, standout performances and stars rising to the occasion.
“It’s a good start for us, but it’s only the first game,” says Tennessee rookie quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA, who threw four touchdown passes in the Titans’ 42-14 win over Tampa Bay. “It means we’re 1-0. For me, it’s taking it one day at a time and just executing to the best of my abilities. We have to continue to get better. We have an opportunity to continue to put our best foot forward and for me, that’s exciting.”
Making his NFL debut, Mariota dazzled as he completed 13 of 16 passes (81.3 percent) for 209 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating, the highest attainable mark. He is the first rookie in NFL history to post a 158.3 passer rating on Kickoff Weekend. All four of Mariota’s touchdown passes came in the first half and he is the only rookie in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in one half. Tennessee’s 28-point victory is the largest in a season opener by a team starting a rookie quarterback since 1948, when the Chicago Bears and JOHNNY LUJACK won by 38 points. Mariota (2014, Oregon) and Lujack (1947, Notre Dame) are both former Heisman Trophy winners.
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