Marcus Mariota Finished with a Perfect Passing Rating, 4 TD Passes in Debut

By Jason McIntyre

Marcus Mariota had an NFL start for the record books. In his 1st game as a pro, Mariota was an efficient 13-of-16 passing for 209 yards and four touchdowns. His passer rating was perfect: 158.3. He left the game early in the 4th quarter with the Titans leading 42-7.

As an aside, James Winston took an L in his debut and was horrible: 2 INTs (one pick-six on his 1st throw) and was sacked three times. In his defense, he didn’t have his #1 receiver in Mike Evans, and his offensive line is hot garbage.

Winston has now lost two games since graduating high school: once at FSU against Oregon and Marcus Mariota, and now this one against Tennessee … and Marcus Mariota.

Related: Jameis Winston’s 1st NFL Pass was a Pick-Six vs. Tennessee
Related: Jameis Winston is “Pro-Ready,” Marcus Mariota is Not, But Does It Matter?
Related: Marcus Mariota’s Wonderlic Score Equal to Tom Brady, Topped Peyton Manning, Jameis Winston