Mike Vrabel A.J. Brown Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel congratulates wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) on his touchdown during the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind. Titans Colts 063

The Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles tangle this Sunday in a pivotal inter-conference matchup. One big storyline for the game is the presence of star receiver A.J. Brown.

Up until this past offseason, Brown played for the Titans for his entire career. In four seasons with the team, he went to the Pro Bowl in 2020 and gained 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He also scored 24 receiving touchdowns over that three-year stretch. He was an essential piece on offense and one reason why the Titans won as many games as they did.

The Titans traded Brown to Philadelphia in the offseason. Brown has produced greatly for the Eagles since his first day on the job. He’s racked up 831 yards on just 53 receptions with seven receiving touchdowns. He’s well on pace to break his 2021 numbers and is a huge benefactor in the Eagles’ successes this year.

Head coach Mike Vrabel commented Wednesday on playing his former star receiver. Longtime Titans reporter Jim Wyatt quoted Vrabel saying, “I wish nothing but the best for A.J. Brown, except for when we compete against him.”

That’s about as fair as you can call it. The Titans are in the middle of a big playoff race right now. They lead the AFC South by three games and seek their third consecutive division title. So there’s no time to dwell, only to exchange pleasantries and play the game.

[Jim Wyatt]

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