When Marcus Mariota changed an injured Derek Carr in 2020, the outcomes for the Chargers weren’t nice.
Oh, they gained the sport that Thursday night time, however solely after chasing Mariota, then the backup for Las Vegas, throughout Allegiant Stadium. After Carr departed within the second quarter, Mariota threw for 226 yards and a landing and ran for 88 yards and one other landing. The Chargers ultimately prevailed in additional time, however, if Mariota will get free once more Sunday, the pictures would possibly look too acquainted for some followers.
Requested what makes Mariota harmful, Chargers defensive coordinator Renaldo Hill mentioned: “His ability to get out and escape … that’s something that we have to be aware of, and we have to try to contain him because if he gets out of the pocket and extend plays, it can be a long day.”
Not like the Chargers, who’ve acquired little behind operating again Austin Ekeler, the Falcons characteristic three backs — Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson and Caleb Huntley — who’ve carried at the least 57 instances apiece. Mariota has 55 carries and has run for 3 touchdowns. This needs to be regarding for a Chargers protection that’s twenty seventh towards the run and has been vulnerable to huge performs.