Eagles v. Titans: Kenny Britt Takes Out Aggression on Eagles, Titans Roll
Kevin Kolb made an early case to remain the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback.
But he wasn't even the biggest star of the game.
That without question was Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt, who didn't play the first quarter, but still shredded the Philadelphia defense for three touchdowns in the Titans' 37-19 victory at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday.
Britt's 80-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter pulled the Titans to within two, 19-17, and his 16-yard touchdown with 5:03 remaining gave Tennessee and a 27-19 lead. It spiraled out of control for the Eagles from there.
Kolb, who started with Michael Vick -- the NFC's top-rated passer -- on the sidelines as the No. 3 quarterback, turned in a poor second half and managed 231 yards, one touchdown and two picks in total.
Meanwhile, backup-turned-starter Kerry Collins committed three turnovers for Tennessee, but got hot late as he and Britt helped the Titans rally. Collins started in place of quarterback Vince Young, who was the No. 3 quarterback after sustaining knee and ankle sprains last week against Jacksonville.
A few quick thoughts on Eagles-Titans:
• Britt made a quick impact after sitting out the first four series of the game following his involvement in a bar brawl early Friday morning. He caught a 26-yard touchdown pass on the Titans' fifth series, giving Tennessee a 7-3 lead. Titans coach Jeff Fisher decided to allow Britt to play late in the week, saying he hadn't had time to gather enough information on how best to discipline Britt for the incident.
• Britt had his best game as a professional, and his 80-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter pushed him past his career-high for yards receiving. His 42-yard reception later in the fourth quarter set up a 38-yard, go-ahead field goal by Rob Bironas.
• For Britt, it was the fifth consecutive game with a touchdown reception. He became the third player in Titans history with touchdown receptions in five consecutive games. Chris Sanders did it in 1995 and Bill Groman did it in 1961.
• Britt became the first Titans player with more than 200 yards receiving in a game since Drew Bennett in 2004.
• Eagles rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper entered the game with one reception. He had two for 42 yards on a second-quarter drive, and capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown reception from Kolb.
• Titans safety Michael Griffin had a second-quarter interception. It's the fourth consecutive game with an interception for Griffin, who has played well overall early in the season.
• With DeSean Jackson out, Kolb moved the Eagles efficiently in the first half. He was intercepted by Griffin, but finished the first half with 145 yards and the touchdown to Cooper.
* Collins played quarterback for the Titans Sunday with a torn tendon on the middle finger of his throwing hand, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported Sunday. Collins struggled early, completing 6 of 14 passes for 62 yards in the first half with a touchdown and an interception. He also lost a fumble.
• The Eagles converted seven of 10 third downs in the first half.
*Eagles kicker David Akers missed three field goals last week and one the week before. On Sunday, he converted four from 25, 46, 46 and 48 yards.
• The Eagles missed an opportunity to perhaps clinch a victory in the third quarter. When an interception by Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel gave Philadelphia possession at the Titans 41, the Eagles drove to the Titans 3. But Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner recovered a fumble by Kolb, giving Tennessee possession at the 3.
• Verner is going to be hard to get out of the lineup. He replaced Jason McCourty (forearm) after Week 3, and he has three takeways since. He had interceptions the last two weeks.
• The Eagles dominated much of the first three quarters, but when Bironas converted a 41-yard field goal with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter, Philadelphia led just 16-10. At the time, Philadelphia had 19 first downs to nine for Tennessee. The Eagles had 277 total yards to 144 for Tennessee at the time.
• Bironas has a field goal in 17 consecutive games, two short of his franchise record.