Mariota, Titans rout Jags, 36-22
Marcus Mariota threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns to end his home struggles and the Titans had their highest point total of the season in a 36-22 victory over the visiting Jaguars on Thursday night.
Since the start of the 2014 season, Tennessee’s home record is 3-0 against Jacksonville and1-17 against everybody else. The Titans are 3-8 in home games started by Mariota, a second-year pro out of Oregon.
Mariota was18-for-22 for 270 yards and had a 148.1 passer rating, the secondhighest of his career. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee (4-4) gained a season-high 494 total yards and won for the third time in four games. It scored on six straight possessions during a stretch that began in the first quarter and stretched into the third.
The Titans led 3-0 before Mariota threw a 36yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright on the first play of the second quarter. Rookie Derrick Henry capped Tennessee’s next drive by scoring his first career touchdown on a 6-yard run.
Murray added a 14-yard touchdown run 31⁄ minutes later.
The Jaguars (2-5) trailed 24-0 by the time they got their second first down of the game midway through the second quarter.
The Titans made it 27-0 at the intermission with a 90-yard drive that resulted in Ryan Succop’s 22-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Blake Bortles threw three touchdown passes for Jacksonville and went 33-of-54 for 337 yards, but much of his production came with the game out of reach. Anderson to have surgery: C.J. Anderson was bracing for a prolonged recovery as he prepared to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee late Thursday.
Before heading into the operating room in Northern California, the Broncos’ leading rusher tweeted thanks to his fans for their prayers and said, “We will not know til after the procedure if i am done for the season or if I can come back to help my team to #51.”
Anderson was Denver’s offensive star in Super Bowl 50, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos’ 24-10 win over Carolina. That helped him get a four-year, $18 million offer from the Dolphins in restricted free agency that the Broncos matched. The front-loaded contract paid him $6 million this year.
Anderson is the Broncos’ leading rusher with 437 yards on 110 carries and four touchdowns, including a season-best 107 yards and a TD on 16 carries Monday night against Houston in his best performance of the season.
Anderson’s right knee buckled slightly Sunday as he made a cut on the final play of the first quarter, an 11-yard run. Extra points: Bills RB LeSean McCoy missed his second straight practice with a left hamstring injury. His status for Sunday’s game against the Patriots was uncertain. ... Jets C Nick Mangold is battling a significant right- ankle sprain and is expected to sit out Sunday’s game against the Browns. He’s missed just four games in 11 seasons.