NASHVILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans are turning “Exotic Smashmouth” into one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.
On Sunday, the Titans put 47 points on the Green Bay Packers, the third straight game they have scored at least 35 points, and they are averaging over 33 points a game over the last six weeks.
Against the Packers, the Titans turned in a big play after big play starting with a 75-yard touchdown run from DeMarco Murray on their first offensive play of the game.
That play set the tone and Murray said chunk plays like that are vital for this team.
“Whenever you’re able to run the ball in general and pop a big one and score, I think it kind of sets the tone offensively as a team and for our guys on the sideline. As a whole, we need those kind of plays to spark up the offense and the fan base as well,” Murrah said.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota turned in big play after big play with 295 yards passing and four touchdowns. He’s not ready to call the Titans a big play team yet.
“That’s up to you guys. We’re going to continue to do our best to make those plays, make those explosive plays, because they change field position and create momentum,” the quarterback said.
Receiver Rishard Matthews has become perhaps Mariota’s favorite target. Sunday against Green Bay, he hauled in a 32 yard touchdown strike for his sixth touchdown in six games. His hot streak started shortly after he got benched for Andre Johnson.
He has responded in a big way, saying, “You know, I’m just trying to make plays for Marcus and continue to gain his trust, and I think I’ve done that, and as long as he puts the ball in the air, I just want him to know I’m coming down with it.”