NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Here's a look at six things that stood out from Sunday's 47-25 win over the Packers:
Quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to play at an extraordinary high level. With four touchdown passes in Sunday's game, Mariota now has at least two touchdown passes in six games in a row. He completed 73.1 percent of his passes (19 of 26) against Green Bay, and threw touchdown passes to four different targets. He now has 17 touchdown passes vs. just three interceptions in the last six games. Mariota also has more 4-TD games (pass and/or run) in his first 22 NFL games than any player in NFL history, with six. Yes, he's on a roll. And that's a great sign for the Titans moving forward.
I continue to be torn by left tackle Taylor Lewan's behavior. Lewan was ejected early on Sunday, and he heard about it from Titans coach Mike Mularkey. He should know better than to put himself in such a bad spot, and he's picked up some other costly penalties along the way. But I still appreciate his fiery approach, and his willingness to come to his QB's defense. I still remember seeing Vince Young get body-slammed to the Nissan Stadium turf by Steelers linebacker James Harrison in 2010, and seeing no one do anything about it. You won't see that happening on Lewan's watch.
Props to veteran lineman Dennis Kelly for stepping in and playing so well. He bailed out Lewan, and the Titans. Kelly is a big man (6-8, 321 to be exact), and his presence was big for the team on Sunday. He also became the latest offensive lineman to step in and play well when a starter was out for one reason or another. Josh Kline has been solid since replacing Chance Warmack in Week 3, and Brian Schwenke has done a nice job filling in for Quinton Spain at the other guard spot. The solid depth has been key this season.
The Packers entered the game with the NFL's No.1 ranked run defense, but running back DeMarco Murray busted through the middle and raced 75 yards for a touchdown on the team's first offensive play. It was part of a 123-yard day for Murray, who now has 930 yards on the season. Murray has five 100-yard games for the Titans. Murray also threw a touchdown pass, and became the first Titans non-quarterback since Earl Campbell in 1980 (Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh) to rush for a touchdown and pass for a touchdown in the same game. Not too shabby.
Did tight end Delanie Walker come to play on Sunday or what? Walker caught nine passes for 124 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. What got my attention is how he punished defenders who tried to tackle him, with stiff-arms and bruising runs. Turns out Walker was playing angry, he said. Walker read on Twitter (from a Packers beat writer, he said) before the game "about me, Kendall (Wright) and Rishard (Matthews) being bums and how their DBs would shut us down,'' Walker said. "When I play angry, I tend to turn into somebody else."
Call it "Exotic Smashmouth," or anything you want to call it or that matter. What the Titans are doing on offense is impressive. With 47 points against the Packers, the Titans have scored at least 35 points in three straight games. It's the first time in franchise history that's happened. The Titans have scored at least 26 points in the last six games, and 20 or more in seven straight. The Titans are now ranked 7th in the NFL in total offense, and 8th in scoring offense. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 10 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)