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Windy City? Marcus Mariota prepared for Windy Conditions



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **Marcus Mariota is set to play in the "Windy City" for the first time on Sunday when the Titans face the Chicago Bears.

It turns out Mariota's days as a quarterback at St. Louis High in Honolulu helped prepare him, even if he didn't know it at the time.

"Back home, my high school field is right in the middle of a valley," Mariota said on Wednesday. "We would get wind every single practice. That's something I kind of grew up with. Our coaches would always make us throw into the wind. I'm pretty used to it."

As of today, the forecast for Chicago on Sunday doesn't look too bad – a high around 50 degrees, with a wind of roughly 12 miles per hour. The Chicago weather can change quickly, of course.

The Titans hope Mariota's play remains consistent.

Mariota has thrown for 1,847 yards over the past seven games (263.9 per game), with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions for a 116.8-yard rating, along with 192 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Mariota is currently ranked third among AFC quarterbacks in passer rating (100.3), behind only New England's Tom Brady (123.3) and Oakland's Derek Carr (100.6). He's seventh in the NFL.

With the two touchdown passes on Sunday at Indianapolis, Mariota broke Warren Moon's franchise record, set in 1987, with seven consecutive games with at least two passing touchdowns.

He'll try and keep it going on Sunday at Soldier Field against the Bears.

With five games to play, Mariota said the Titans are focusing on themselves, and not worried about other teams in the AFC South.

"You know what, we can't think about those things. Those are out of our control,'' Mariota said. "We have to focus on what we have to do and take care of our business. Hopefully, those things will fall into place. Really, we've just got to focus on getting this win in Chicago and hopefully we can string a few of these together. Hopefully, we'll pick our heads up and like where we're at.

"The goal is to win every one of them. It always starts with the first one. You can't look past that. You have to focus on what you've got to do this week and get this one under our belt."

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