Keeping Up With Marcus Mariota: Week 3 http://www.titansaut...is-kelly-jersey , 2018 Welcome to “Keeping Up With Marcus Mariota,” where I take a look at Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s weekly tape and determine what I saw.Yeah, yeah, I know I predicted the Titans to lose to the Jaguars on Sunday and that didn’t happen.What I didn’t expect was Marcus Mariota filling in for a concussed Blaine Gabbert. Mariota, sitting due to a nerve injury in his elbow, suddenly came in and had to quarterback the Titans offense to victory. Mariota’s pedestrian numbers (12 of 18 for 100 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions while putting 51 yards on the ground) suggest he didn’t contribute all that much to the Titans’ 9-6 victory on the road. But truth be told, this is one of those performances where Mariota’s raw stats don’t do him justice, as he was a big reason why Tennessee was able to move to 2-1.For starters, Mariota’s first three passes (His actual third pass, a throwaway in the area of Jonnu Smith, doesn’t count) all came on third downs, and all three of them were dropped.gamepass.nfl.comThis is an accurate third down throw to Rishard Matthews Jayon Brown Jersey , who has this ball stripped from him before he can get two feet down. So while Matthews is able to avoid a fumble, he provides his quarterback with a costly drop.gamepass.nfl.comTajae Sharpe drops Mariota’s second pass, also on third down. This one is inexcusable, considering Sharpe is uncontested and should have an easy first down falling to the ground. The Titans are forced punt as a result.gamepass.nfl.comIt can be argued that Mariota’s third pass, again on third down, was not an accurate throw, but this is still a play Corey Davis needs to make, as the ball is placed in a spot where only he can get it.Eventually, Mariota decided to just do everything himself, and managed to convert some key third downs later in the game, such as this run on 3rd and 2. gamepass.nfl.comEventually, Mariota’s receivers managed to haul in some throws in the second half.gamepass.nfl.comThis is a vintage pocket play from Mariota. He recognizes the blind side pressure, moves up the pocket while keeping his eyes up, resets himself and beats the stunt with a crucial pass to Corey Davis to convert the first down. At the time of this play the game was tied a 6-6, and the drive eventually ended with a Ryan Succop field goal that ultimately decided the game for Tennessee.gamepass.nfl.comOn the last drive Authentic Josh Kline Jersey , Matt LaFleur gets the ball into Mariota’s hands once more with a read option play. While Mariota isn’t quite as good of a runner as Cam Newton, he’s still really good, and I commend LaFleur for using this play at the right time, as #8 goes through a small gap for another third down conversion. This wasn’t a spectacular performance by any means, but Marcus Mariota was huge in this one thanks to his contributions on third down. While he continues to recover from injury, starting 2-1 on the season is massive for the Titans. They get a big test at home with the Eagles coming to visit, which is why their start to the season is critical.To conclude, Mariota had a good performance that was much better than what the box score said of him.The Titans have allowed the fewest quarterback hits through Week 3 While looking over last week’s games, I decided to do a little research and charting on quarterback hits. As far as I know, ESPN is one of the few sites that looks after quarterback hits, so I decided to give it a swing and see what I could come up with.The result? The Titans have allowed only seven quarterback hits, the fewest of 2018 as of this writing.Titans: 7Lions: 10Rams: 10Raiders: 10Bengals: 11Dolphins: 11Saints: 12Jets: 12Panthers: 13Bears: 13Jaguars: 13Chargers: 15Patriots: 16Vikings: 17Steelers: 17Ravens: 18Redskins: 18Broncos: 19Cardinals: 20Packers: 20Colts: 20Chiefs: 20Giants: 20Bills: 2249ers: 22Falcons: 23Cowboys: 23Buccaneers: 23Eagles: 24Seahawks: 26Browns: 29Texans: 34Here’s several things to keep in mind: First, Matt LaFleur and offensive line coach Keith Carter deserve a lot of credit for developing a quick passing scheme and allowing the offensive line to hold the fort with the injuries sustained at the tackle positions and at quarterback as well. Second, yes that’s the Texans at the very bottom, which is no surprise considering their offensive line is horrendous.Third Youth Logan Ryan Jersey , that is indeed the Eagles—coming to Nashville this week—in the bottom four, which is bizarre considering they had the best offensive line in 2018. Perhaps this will be beneficial to the Titans’ pass rush on Sunday.Fourth, and finally, how quarterback hits happen and can be avoided depend on many variables. Getting sacked is obvious, but coverage sacks, how mobile you are as a quarterback, how poised you are, if your receivers can get open, if your scheme can provide for you, or if your offensive line gives you no time to react to pressure as you get swallowed by a pass rusher.With that said, take this however you will, and we’ll see you on Sunday.