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Even with two injury-riddled QBs, Titans lighting up scoreboard

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Starting quarterback Vince Young has missed most of the last two games with a sprained left knee and ankle, yet the Titans keep scoring.

Backup quarterback Kerry Collins has a torn tendon in a finger on his throwing hand. And the Titans keep scoring.

Tennessee, which now ranks second in the NFL with 28.4 points per game, improved to 5-2 with its third consecutive win by scoring a franchise-record 27 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19 on Sunday. Even the defense is getting into the act as cornerback Cortland Finnegan polished off the win by running back an interception for a touchdown.

The latest win has the Titans alone atop the AFC South for now, with the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, both 4-2, coming off bye weeks.

And they're sounding greedy. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he's almost disappointed in the production because he wants more.

"I think we can play better in all three areas," Fisher said Monday.

The Titans have won four of their games by scoring at least 30 points and put up 29 in another win over the New York Giants. Mix that with the defense limiting opponents to 16.7 points per game -- third-stingiest in the NFL -- and it keeps adding up to big wins for a Tennessee team that believes it still has plenty of room for improvement.

"We're just coming into our own now," fullback Ahmard Hall said after the latest win. "Hopefully, we can keep it going week in and week out."

Whether or not the Titans will have Young back Sunday when they visit the San Diego Chargers (2-5) remains to be seen. Fisher said he's optimistic Young could play even as the quarterback remains day to day. Tennessee has its bye Nov. 7, so Young would have three full weeks to recover before preparing to visit the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 14.

"Vince is most effective when he has his legs underneath him, not just as a runner, but as a passer," Fisher said. "To be able to throw with accuracy, it's all about your feet. That was a concern of ours going into the ballgame, and it will be a concern on a daily basis."

Not that the Titans missed a beat with Young watching from the sideline. Collins wrapped up a 30-3 win Oct. 18 at Jacksonville, and Fisher confirmed Monday that the 16-year veteran needed the middle finger on his throwing hand drained because of a torn flexor tendon. Collins will need treatment but not surgery.

"He was just not going to miss any time," Fisher said of Collins. "That's just the way he's always been, but you can imagine it's difficult to handle that ball."

That might be why Collins was intercepted twice and lost the ball when hit by the Eagles. Collins was 6-of-14 passing for 62 yards in the first half and finished 17 of 31 for 276 yards, with 225 of those going to Kenny Britt.

The second-year receiver tied his career high with seven catches and also scored a career-best three touchdowns on a day when he came off the bench in the second quarter as punishment for his role in a Friday morning bar fight. More punishment might be coming because Fisher said he continues to collect information, and the NFL also is looking into the incident.

An attorney representing the man who says Britt struck him several times didn't return a telephone message left by The Associated Press on Monday but told The Tennessean that police might have enough for an arrest warrant after interviewing Harold Pointer, 26, again over the weekend.

Fisher said he hopes the situation is resolved soon.

"There is always the potential for the league to impose disciplinary action, but I think we have a responsibility as an organization too, in the event that these things happen," Fisher said.

For now, Britt ranks second among the AFC's top scorers with seven touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Titans running back Chris Johnson, the focus of so many defenses, is tied for third with seven TDs of his own. Kicker Rob Bironas is tied for the NFL lead in scoring among kickers with 63 points off 21 extra points and 14 field goals.

"Basically, we want to go out here and make plays," Johnson said. "We want to end the game. We always don't want to put it on our defense. The kind of defense we've got, if we're able to keep putting up the points like this, we'll be pretty hard to beat."

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