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Sunday’s Performance Shows Britt Returning Closer to Form

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 10, 2012 – 12:11 pm

_2JR8270Kenny Britt looked more like he did before his season ending knee injury a year ago during Sunday’s 27-23 loss at Indianapolis.

The fourth-year wide receiver played with explosiveness, confidence and speed, notching the second-highest totals of his career in both receptions and receiving yards.

Britt totaled eight catches for 143 yards, recording his seventh career 100-yard receiving game and first of 2012.

The last time Britt reached 100 receiving yards came on Sept. 18, 2011, one week before tearing his ACL and MCL against the Denver Broncos at LP Field.

Britt recorded a pair of 46-yard receptions in the second quarter to set a new season long. Each of the catches led to field goals for the Titans.

Britt has worked hard to get back to the level he was starting to play at before his injury — and he’s the first to admit that he’s not back to where he wants to be. But based on Sunday’s performance, he appears to be getting closer to that point, and that bodes well for Britt and the Titans next season.

VIDEO: Britt’s One-Handed Catch

VIDEO: Britt’s Other 46-Yard Reception

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Douzable: This Team Won’t Quit, No Matter What our Record Shows

Posted by ldouzable on December 10, 2012 – 9:02 am

Leger DouzableAs we prepared to take on the surprising 8-4 Colts last Sunday, all of us were looking to avenge a loss to them earlier this season at LP Field.

The Colts have been one of the surprise teams of the 2012 season. With a rookie quarterback and a roster in transition, not many people expected them to be challenging for a playoff spot. But they’ve played better than expected and we knew we would have our hands full, especially after the battle we had with them the first go around in Nashville.

We started strong out of the gate with Jake Locker leading us on a 9-play, 80-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown strike to Jared Cook. Will Witherspoon’s 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and a pair of Rob Bironas field goals helped us jump out to a 20-7 halftime lead.

Locker was exceptionally sharp in the first half, completing 15 of 20 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown, good for a 125.6 passer rating. He also ripped off a 32-yard run for a first down.  Five of his passes in the first half went to Kenny Britt for 127 yards (25.4 avg.).

But we struggled to maintain that momentum in the second half. The Colts scored back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 21-20 lead. We countered with a Rob Bironas field goal early in the fourth quarter to go back on top 23-21. But Adam Vinatieri booted a 53-yarder with 6:23 remaining and we couldn’t convert down the stretch as the Colts completed the season sweep.

Once again, we were not able to overcome some costly turnovers and missed opportunities. We never really could get Chris Johnson going as he finished with 44 yards on 19 attempts (2.3 avg). While Britt had a strong first half, he had only three catches for 16 yards in the second half, while Locker cooled off with a pair of interceptions.

I felt overall that our defense had a solid day as we were able to hold the Colts to only 98 yards rushing and limit Andrew Luck to 196 yards passing. We kept the heat on Luck throughout the game, sacking him four times and pressuring him into two interceptions.

The only thing we can do at this point is continue to work. We have a prime-time matchup this week on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets at LP Field. I know everyone on this team will be up for a nationally-televised game and will prepare hard this week to win the game. It’s another chance to play better and turn things back into a positive direction.

The one thing I know for certain is that this team will not quit no matter what our record shows.

Titans defensive end Leger Douzable will offer his perspective on the previous game and upcoming opponent all season long in his exclusive blog on Titans Online!

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