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Marcus Mariota is cooking early vs. Chargers

Marcus Mariota has looked impressive in his first appearance of the 2020 season.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota of the Las Vegas Raiders runs on the field during warmups before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Allegiant Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Colts defeated the Raiders 44-27. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Update — Mariota fought valiantly and finished 17-of-28 passing for 226 yards with a touchdown pass and a pick. He also rushed for 88 yards and a score on nine carries in Las Vegas’ 30-27 loss. Carr finished with 53 passing yards on 3-of-5 passing.

Marcus Mariota is alive and well. The Las Vegas Raiders backup is off to a hot start in his team’s Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and led an impressive second-quarter scoring drive after Derek Carr exited the matchup with a groin injury.

Mariota was perfect throwing the football on a seven-play, 86-yard drive that was capped off by this bomb to Darren Waller.

Mariota is 3-of-3 passing for 70 yards and has managed to tally 11 rushing yards as well. He certainly doesn't look like a quarterback who hasn't played since last season and it appears like he has enough to help the Raiders stay competitive with their starter out.