August 26, 2019 / 3:21 AM / 2 months ago

Mariota struggles in cameo, Steleers handle Titans

Aug 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) walks to the locker room before the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota failed to complete any of his three pass attempts and took a safety, and the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to beat the Tennessee Titans 18-6 in preseason action in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday night.

Mariota saw only five snaps across two series, with his night ending when Stephon Tuitt sacked him in the end zone at the 9:12 mark of the first quarter. Ryan Tannehill entered next for the Titans and went 6 of 9 for 62 yards across five possessions, with four ending in punts and one in a field goal. He was sacked three times.

After the safety, the Steelers took a 15-0 lead behind Ben Roethlisberger’s 17-yard TD pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mason Rudolph’s 41-yard strike to James Washington, both late in the first quarter. Roethlisberger finished 8 of 13 for 63 yards and the touchdown in three series, while Rudolph went 6 of 9 for 75 yards, the TD and an interception in five possessions.

Washington has nine catches for 203 yards — third in the NFL — and two touchdowns in three preseason games.

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