PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J Brown pulled out a towel and wagged his finger on the aim put up earlier than he swatted the construction 3 times. The laborious emotions didn’t final. Brown hugged the aim put up and let bygones by bygones.
Oh, in case the allegory was missed throughout Brown’s celebration for the Philadelphia Eagles in opposition to his former crew, the aim put up on this occasion stood in for the Tennessee Titans.
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“At this time, I’m going to have to provide you this whooping,“ Brown stated with fun. ”However I nonetheless love you, although.”
The Titans may not reciprocate the love after their former receiver torched them with eight catches 119 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Wanting Brown’s method early and infrequently, Jalen Hurts strengthened his MVP bid by throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns and operating for one more rating as Philadelphia beat Tennessee 35-10.
Hurts has led the Eagles to an 11-1 begin, their first time with that report since 2004 and the fourth time in franchise historical past. The 1949 Eagles gained the NFL championship. The 1980 and 2004 groups misplaced within the Tremendous Bowl.
The Eagles look each bit like a crew that may win the Tremendous Bowl.
Hurts was all they actually wanted to inch nearer to a playoff spot.
“We’ll depart all of the MVP stuff to who votes for all that,” Brown stated. “However he’s doing an awesome job main this crew. He’s an awesome chief. He’s nonetheless climbing. He desires the crew to be nice.”
The speedy, sure-armed QB set a profession excessive with 29 whole touchdowns and had his third profession recreation with 4 whole TDs. His first half alone was a fairly good recreation for many quarterbacks: 268 yards passing and two touchdowns with one dashing rating.
The Eagles’ protection was first-rate, too, bottling up Derrick Henry — who had 11 carries for 30 yards — and limiting Ryan Tannehill to 141 yards passing and a landing. He was sacked six occasions. The Titans (7-5) misplaced their second straight however nonetheless have a cushty lead within the AFC South.
After a subject aim obtained Tennessee inside 14-10 late within the second quarter, the Titans punted on 5 straight possessions earlier than turning it over on downs.
“If we need to be a playoff crew, we have now to determine what we’re going to do,” Titans security Kevin Byard stated. “What are we going to be? Leaders, coaches, everyone on this group, we have now to get this factor straight proper now. We don’t have any time to lose. What are we going to do proper now?“
It was inevitable that Hurts would search for Brown. Tennessee drafted Brown within the second spherical of the 2019 draft and he immediately turned one of many high receivers within the recreation. He topped 1,000 yards receiving every of his first two seasons and had 869 in simply 13 video games in his third. However the Titans balked when Brown wished a elevate that might make him among the many highest-paid receivers within the league and despatched him to Philadelphia in a draft-night deal.
That commerce was Philly’s first actual win of the season.
Brown stated he had wished to retire a Titan and admitted he had the sport circled on his calendar.
“It’s been private because the commerce,” he stated. “I used to be simply making an attempt to maintain it down. That’s the place I wished to be. Issues simply didn’t work out. It was like right here, we don’t need you anymore.”
Brown has been higher than marketed — and sure, the Eagles paid him a assured $57 million. Fellow wideout DeVonta Smith had 5 catches for 102 yards.
With the sport tied 7-all, Hurts and Brown related on an obvious 40-yard TD move that overturned due to a penalty. Brown had already hugged the aim put up as a part of his scoring celebration. No worries. Hurts got here proper again and hit Brown — who shocked cornerback Kristian Fulton — for, yup, a 40-yard landing and a 14-7 lead.
Hurts threw a 34-yard TD move to Smith on the sport’s first drive and closed the primary half with a 2-yard run for a 21-10 lead.
The subsequent Hurts-to-Brown TD was a doozy. Hurts aired it out to the nook of the tip zone and the ball skimmed cornerback Tre Avery’s facemask earlier than Brown cradled it for the 29-yard rating and a 28-10 lead within the third.
“That’s a giant boy catch,“ Hurts stated. “That’s a grown man catch.”
Miles Sanders’ 3-yard TD run within the fourth made it 35-10 and the one suspense left was if Hurts would return for one more drive. He didn’t. The sport was out of attain. One of the best season in crew historical past stays very a lot in sight.
The lone Titans landing got here with at vital price. Receiver Treylon Burks was evaluated for a concussion following a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit as he jumped to make the 25-yard TD catch from Tannehill within the first quarter that tied the sport 7-all.
Eagles security Marcus Epps was flagged for pointless roughness. Burks was on his again and gamers from each groups took a knee. The 22-year-old receiver finally walked off on his personal energy and went to the locker room for remedy.
Titans: Burks, Fulton (groin) and LB David Lengthy all suffered accidents.
Eagles: WR Quez Watkins (shoulder) and LB Shaun Bradley (hamstring) had been damage.
The Eagles had been penalized 12 occasions for 80 yards and the Titans had been penalized seven occasions for 82 yards.
Titans: Host Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Eagles play the primary of three straight highway video games Sunday on the New York Giants. They comply with by visiting Chicago and Dallas.