Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throws just one incompletion in loss to Texans

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A day after Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers set a completion percentage record by completing 28 of 29 passes for a 96.6 percent percentage against the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota almost took the record from him.

Mariota was a perfect 19 for 19 headed into the game’s final two minutes before his first, and only, pass of the night bounced off the turf. Mariota misfired wide of running back Derrick Henry on a swing pass to his right with 1:09 left to play. He finished the night with 22 completions on 23 attempts for 304 yards with two touchdowns.

Mariota’s 95.7 percent effort against the Texans is the second best performance in league history behind only Rivers’ effort on Sunday. Rivers and Mariota surpassed the 18 for 19 efforts of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2015 against the Texans and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith against the Cardinals in 2012.

Mariota and Rivers are the only two of the top completion percentage games to appear with at least 20 passes attempted. Mariota is the only one in the top 10 to get there in a losing effort.

9 responses to “Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota throws just one incompletion in loss to Texans

  1. So in 58 minutes he threw 19 passes. In the last 2 minutes he’d have had to throw 11…and complete 10 of them…to surpass Rivers.

    That doesn’t really feel like he “almost took the record from him” to me.

  2. Man that was a boring game to watch. I actually learned how to knit during halftime to give myself something to do during the second half.

  3. This is meaningless. If the playcalling was less conservative they might have had more incompletions but they wouldve had a chance to actually win. The passing yards either came from the YAC off of the Jonnu TD or short throws.

  4. I think these stats speak more about how the NFL has changed the rules to water down defensive play than anything else. They managed to slow the bleeding by taking attention away from the kneelers, but these live action Madden games are starting to get old. The NFL is in a slow decline, deny it if you want, but ratings have been a mixed bag this year and in every game you see quite a bit more empty seats than you did in the past.

  5. He needs help. Davis is awesome. But he has no other receivers. The offensive line has not been good this season. And there is no running game to speak of.

  6. This is meaningless. If the playcalling was less conservative they might have had more incompletions but they wouldve had a chance to actually win. The passing yards either came from the YAC off of the Jonnu TD or short throws.

    22 completions 303 yards 13.7 yds per completion.

    without 61 yd jonnu play (which, why? but i will oblige)

    21 completions 242 yards 11 yds per completion

    that’s not exactly dink & dunk. maybe yac, but yac is as much a product of good throws as it is a wrs ability. if a qb hits a wr in stride that gives him way more opportunity for good yac.

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