GB-TEN grades: Mariota, Walker lethal in Titans win

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from Tennessee’s victory over the Green Bay Packers.

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GB-TEN grades: Mariota, Walker lethal in Titans win


Tennessee Titans 47, Green Bay Packers 25

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Tennessee Titans’ 47-25 victory over the Green Bay Packers:

Tennessee Titans

Quarterback grade: Marcus Mariota, 84.9

Mariota nearly perfect

Titans QB Marcus Mariota closed out the victory completing 16-of-18 attempts of 19 yards or less, 13-of-18 when blitzed with four touchdowns and six-of-nine when under pressure. Representing the highest grade of the season for Mariota, he and TE Delanie Walker proved lethal to the defensive efforts of Green Bay.

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Top offensive grades:

TE Delanie Walker (89.4)
C Ben Jones (76.7)
TE Anthony Fasano (74.7)
RT Jack Conklin (73.3)
RB Demarco Murray (73.0)

Delanie Walker = Unstoppable

After RB Demarco Murray took the first carry on the first play of the game off the left end to the house for 75 yards, the early vote for game MVP tilted in his favor. Murray did nothing to diminish his effort throughout the remainder of the game, but TE Delanie Walker stole the show after collecting each of his nine targeted passes determined to be catchable for 124 receiving yards, one touchdown, eluded six tackle attempts and posted the game high run blocking grade (80.3).

Top defensive grades:

FS Kevin Byard (87.8)
DI Jurrell Casey (80.5)
LB Sean Spence (79.9)
SS De’Norris Searcy (78.9)
DI DaQuan Jones (78.6)

Defense unfazed by aggressive comeback attempt

The Titans’ secondary was challenged to stall the comeback attempts of future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Rookie FS Kevin Byard out of Middle Tennessee State answered the call. Targeted on seven passes, Byard would permit four to be completed, but allowed only six combined yards after the catch and 0.40 yards per coverage snap. Byard added a sack, six tackles and five run stops to a tremendous showing.

Green Bay Packers

Quarterback grade: Aaron Rodgers, 76.5

Comeback mode distress

During the Packers post-game press conference, QB Aaron Rodgers admitted that he’s “got to play better.” While his play during the game did not represent his most efficient effort of the season, it was far from a disaster and he was playing catchup from the mid-first quarter onward. Rodgers ended the day with a season-high 371 yards passing, but would only complete 10-of-23 passes on throws 10 yards or greater with a pair of interceptions.

Top offensive grades:

C Corey Linsley (82.7)
RT Brian Bulaga (78.1)
WR Jordy Nelson (76.9)
RT David Bakhtiari (73.3)
WR Devante Adams (70.3)

Mixed bag of performances

One takeaway from the loss that should be a big boost to the Packers offense – RB James Starks appears to be fully recovered from knee surgery in mid-October. However, this game will likely take some time to forget despite some strong performances. Rookie LT Jason Spriggs and RG Don Barclay were forced into action following injuries to David Bakhtiari and T.J. Lang. The pair ended up allowing two sacks and six total pressures but the remainder of the line play well enough to keep the offense moving. Wideouts Jordy Nelson and Devante Adams showcased their skill on several occasions, but Randall Cobb (46.4) and TE Richard Rodgers (38.9) failed to match their momentum.

Top defensive grades:

LB Blake Martinez (88.7)
ED Nick Perry (88.0)
CB Ladarius Gunter (86.1)
DI Mike Daniels (82.4)
SS Morgan Burnett (74.8)

Defensive miscues too much for offense to overcome

When your secondary allows the opposing quarterback to complete 80 percent of his passing attempts and four touchdown passes – victory is unlikely to be an option. While several culprits could be mentioned, CB Micah Hyde (36.9) was the least effective after allowing each of his coverage responsibilities targets to be completed and a pair of touchdown passes. Rookie LB Blake Martinez out of Stanford put forth a strong effort with a quarterback hit, seven tackles and six run stops.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Delanie Walker

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  • GBPFan12

    Can we stop with forcing those deep bombs every game… go 3 & out forever til someone on offense is like “Oh yeah, let’s try checking it down a few times and get in a rhythm or something.”

    And can someone teach Julius Peppers how to set the edge… dude has way too much experience to have allowed that 75 yarder. Ugh. Congrats to the lions I guess, the Packers & Vikings really don’t want to win this division.

  • Rolo Tomassi

    Who pays thsee writers to say “Future HOF QB Aron Rodgers “. Hes not a leader,he throws teammates and coaches under the bus every chance he gets. He is so mentally soft he will need 24 hour therapy until Wednesday to be able to function.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Indirectly, anyone who posts a comment here helps to keep the staff writers employed….and I’m sure they appreciate your contribution.

      P.S. Get a refund on that watch you just bought cuz I’m pretty sure there are more than 24 hours between now and Wednesday.

  • Adam LeClair

    A defense allows 47 (!) points and still has 4 player grades in the 80’s? Nah.

    Rodgers throws 2 INTS, and a handful of balls at the WR’s feet that led to 3-and-outs, and still gets a 76.5? Nah.

    Recalibrate.