Eagles Notebook: Ex-Rutgers star Britt burns Hobbs, Hanson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Whenever the Tennessee Titans needed a big play Sunday, quarterback Kerry Collins looked for wide receiver Kenny Britt in the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary.

The Eagles had no defense for Britt. The former Rutgers star caught seven passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans' 37-19 victory at LP Field.

Most of the success came at the expense of Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs and free safety Nate Allen. He passed those defensive backs at some point during all three of his TDs.

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"There are no excuses," Allen said. "A lot of it is on me and I have to be accountable to the other guys on this team. The bottom line is that I have to make those plays."

Britt's yardage was the most ever allowed by the Eagles, topping the 213-yard performance by Dallas' Tony Hill in 1979. It ranked fifth on the Titans' list of most receiving yards and was the best effort since Drew Bennett had 233 against Kansas City in 2004.

Collins found Britt for a 26-yard TD in the second quarter. He then hit him for an 80-yarder and 26-yarder in the decisive fourth quarter, when the Titans scored 27 straight points.

"They just kept running the same route and every different way I played it, they did the opposite of what I was thinking," Hobbs said. "Our coverage just wasn't tight enough. (Britt) made the plays and we didn't. It was one of those days where every time we rolled the dice, we crapped out."

Halftime streak ends

When the Eagles go into the locker room at halftime with a lead, they usually hang onto it in the second half.

That didn't happen against the Titans. The Eagles led 13-7 at intermission and eventually built it to 19-10 early in the fourth quarter. But the Titans reeled off 27 unanswered points in the last 14 minutes to score a stunning win.

The Eagles had won 22 straight when leading at halftime, which was the longest active streak in the NFL.

"This (stinks)," safety Quintin Mikell said. "This is probably one of the worst losses of my (eight-year) career. We have to bow up in those situations and make plays and we never did."

Botched handoff

The Eagles began to lose the momentum early in the third quarter, when a botched handoff prevented what might have turned out to be a game-changing touchdown.

Quarterback Kevin Kolb was about to hand off to running back LeSean McCoy from the Titans' 3-yard line when Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones burst into the backfield and hit Kolb.

"When I got hit, I didn't even know the ball was out," Kolb said. "It was a bang-bang play, and it didn't turn out in our favor."

McCoy grabbed at it but couldn't gain control. The ball hit the turf and players from both teams went after it. Finally, as the officials peeled players off the pile, Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner emerged with it.

"I semi got it cleanly," Verner said. "I don't think I'm winning too many fights out there if I have to fight for the ball, to be honest. I just fell on it and I know they were trying to rip it away from me, so I was holding on for dear life."

Trick and treat

Eagles rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper missed the previous two games after suffering a concussion on Oct. 7 against the Redskins.

He had quite a comeback against the Titans, scoring his first career touchdown on a 5-yard pass from Kolb and setting it up with an acrobatic, 37-yard catch on a trick play.

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin took a direct snap and handed off to McCoy. McCoy then pitched it to Kolb, who had lined up at wide receiver. Kolb's deep pass appeared to get held up in the wind, but Cooper darted across the field and snatched it in front of Titans safety Chris Hope.

"I just saw the ball and went for it," Cooper said. "Obviously, it feels good to make plays like that and to score a touchdown."

Inside the numbers

Mikell had a sack, interception and forced fumble. The last Eagles defensive back to have all three in the same game was Brian Dawkins on Sept. 12, 2005 at Atlanta. ... Defensive end Trent Cole notched his sixth sack of the season and 53rd of his career. He is two sacks away from passing Hugh Douglas for third place on the team's alltime list. ... Place-kicker David Akers kicked four field goals. He has a league-best 270 field goals since 2000.

Out of action

New running back Jerome Harrison was inactive for the second straight game. Harrison, who was acquired from Cleveland in a trade two weeks ago, admitted earlier this week that he is struggling to learn the offense.

In addition to Harrison and wide receiver DeSean Jackson (concussion), the Eagles' other inactives included defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (sprained elbow), tackle Jason Peters (torn knee meniscus), linebacker Keenan Clayton, tight end Clay Harbor and cornerback Trevard Lindley.

Bumps and bruises

Eagles tackles King Dunlap and Winston Justice both suffered hyperextended knees. Dunlap had to leave the game for a few snaps. Linebacker Ernie Sims (lower back strain) did not miss any plays.

Up ahead

The Eagles are off next week. They resume the season on Sunday, Nov. 7 against Indianapolis at Lincoln Financial Field. The Colts lead the series 10-7 and have won the last four straight. They will be making their first visit to Philadelphia since 2002.

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