Titans bench Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2019

In this episode of the First-and-Orange podcast, Denver Post beat writers Kyle Newman and Ryan O'Halloran discuss the Broncos' 16-0 win over the Titans in Week 6 at Empower Field. Mariota was 7 of 18 for 63 yards and two interceptions.

The Titans acquired Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins via trade in the offseason to back up Mariota, but it now appears he will challenge him for playing time moving forward.

"We were very pumped", Harris said of Jackson's interception with 1:30 remaining, which allowed Joe Flacco to kneel out the clock.

Mike Vrabel's choice will obviously have long-term implications, as it could either extend Mariota's window to earn a long-term position here or open the door for Tannehill to do the same.

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Turnovers: After throwing a career high 15 interceptions in 2017, Mariota had gotten better at avoiding picks - he had eight in 2018 and none through the first four weeks of 2019, when he had seven touchdowns. "Guys just being out of character and not being us". He finished 13 of 16 for 144 yards and one interception. "And for me, I just, again, just try to be the best team player that I can be, support my guy (Tannehill), support somebody that's supported me throughout the entire year". "If we don't score, the game has to at least be a tie". "We failed to put points on the board".

"I don't know what the situation is going to be, but soon enough we'll all find out", Walker said. In the second half, it was much of the same; Tennessee punted three more times, Justin Simmons picked off a pass and Demarcus Walker ended a key drive with a sack on fourth down.

"It's great", Miller said. "The one thing that you see around a lot of the teams around the league, when a quarterback can create when the play is not going well, whether it be due to protection or due to the routes getting jammed up or covered, being able to create, pull it down and run a little bit is huge".

Both Denver and Tennessee were 2 of 14 on third downs, leading to 17 punts.

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