Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans kicked off NFL's week eight games on Thursday night with a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He completed 18 of his 22 attempts for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
It was a great win as both the passing game and the running game for the Titans was on point, but this was only the seventh win for Mariota across 20 career games in the NFL since being drafted in 2015 by the AFC South side.
While that doesn't look entirely impressive, the Heisman Trophy winner is arguably the best young quarterback in the NFL today, and a very interesting statistic proves why he deserves the title.
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According to USA Today: "Mariota has thrown 33 career touchdown passes so far — more than Russell Wilson, Carson Palmer, Jameis Winston, Tom Brady, Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning and Cam Newton during their first 20 games."
The Titans quarterback has also thrown only 16 interceptions, which is less than anyone else mentioned on the list above except for Roethlisberger, Ryan, and Wilson who only threw 13 in the same period. His 92.9 passer rating through the 20 games is higher than all those names as well except for Wilson and Big Ben.
Those are impressive statistics to hold, and while many compare Mariota to his fellow quarterback from the same draft class and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston, it's the Tennessee gunslinger that should be ranked higher.
Technically, he has managed to do more with less, as last season he didn't have a good receiving group or a strong running game like Winston had - although the latter has changed this season thanks to the trade for DeMarco Murray - and improvements in those areas are starting to pay off.
Tennessee's offense is only really lacking a good wide receiver to help Mariota. Following this week's game, Kendall Wright looks like he could finally step up into that role after four disappointing seasons. If he doesn't, the Titans could easily draft a wide out next year to boost their offense into one that could dominate the AFC South.
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