Rodgers, Green Bay take care of Birds

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Aaron Rodgers threw two touch­down passes to Da­vante Adams and the Green Bay Pack­ers beat the Philadelphia Ea­gles 27-13 Mon­day night to snap a four-game los­ing streak.

Rodgers had 313 yards pass­ing and Adams had 113 yards re­ceiv­ing to help send Philadelphia (5-6) to its first home loss this sea­son.

The Pack­ers (5-6) kept their sink­ing play­off hopes alive but they’re still two games be­hind the Li­ons (7-4) in the NFC North.

Car­son Wentz had 254 yards pass­ing, ran for a score and threw an in­ter­cep­tion. The last-place Ea­gles are 2-6 since a 3-0 start.

Rodgers came out fir­ing and led the Pack­ers on con­sec­u­tive touch­down drives to start the game. Rodgers ex­tended the open­ing drive by run­ning twice for 25 yards and tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Adams for a 7-0 lead.

Af­ter the Ea­gles an­swered on Wentz’s 1-yard TD run , Rodgers led an­other 75-yard scor­ing drive. He threw a perfect 20-yard TD pass to Adams to give the Pack­ers a 14-7 lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter. Nolan Car­roll had ex­cel­lent cov­er­age on the play, but Rodgers put the ball in a tight spot and hit Adams in stride in the back of the end zone.

Aaron Rip­kowski’s 1-yard TD run early in the fourth quar­ter ex­tended Green Bay’s lead to 24-13.

The Ea­gles had al­lowed only three touch­downs at home while outscor­ing op­po­nents 108-38 in their first four games at Lincoln Fi­nan­cial Field.

Green Bay gave up at least 30 points in each of its pre­vi­ous four games, in­clud­ing 89 in the last two. But the de­fense ha­rassed Wentz and shut down the Ea­gles’ in­con­sis­tent of­fense.

Philadelphia’s Caleb Stur­gis kicked field goals of 48 and 50 yards while Green Bay’s Ma­son Crosby con­nected from 33 and 32 yards.

*** Act­ing in the best in­ter­ests of all in­volved, the Ea­gles de­ac­ti­vated em­bat­tled start­ing re­ceiver Nel­son Agholor for their Mon­day night game against the Pack­ers.

Agholor didn’t dress for the game or par­tic­i­pate in the pregame warm-ups. He was shown on the side­lines in street clothes dur­ing the TV broad­cast.

Ad­di­tion­ally the Ea­gles scratched guard Bran­don Brooks, who was hos­pi­tal­ized with an undis­closed ill­ness.

Brooks was among three of­fen­sive line­men to start each of the

Ea­gles’ games this sea­son.

Rookie Bryce Treggs started at wide re­ceiver in place of Agholor, com­ing off a dif­fi­cult game in which his penalty cost the Ea­gles a touch­down, and a dropped pass robbed the of­fense of a 25yard gain.

The de­ci­sion to sit Agholor, who started each of the pre­vi­ous 10 games, fol­lows an un­usual week in which head coach Doug Ped­er­son praised the re­siliency of the sec­ond-year player while also say­ing he wanted to do what was best for Agholor, the per­son.

Agholor ba­si­cally had an emo­tional melt­down in the locker room af­ter the loss to the Sea­hawks, in­ti­mat­ing he was over­whelmed by his mis­takes.

On Fri­day Agholor felt he had been prac­tic­ing well and that he’d dug out of the emo­tional mess and would be ready to play, if needed.

Agholor also said he was OK with what­ever Ped­er­son did.

The Ea­gles dressed four wide re­ceivers for the Pack­ers, the oth­ers Jor­dan Matthews, who leads them in re­cep­tions Do­rial GreenBeck­ham and rookie Paul Turner. It was Turner’s first NFL ac­tion af­ter being pro­moted from the prac­tice squad. DGB had a pro­duc­tive first se­ries with four catches for 53 yards.

The loss of Brooks was sur­pris­ing

in that he wasn’t on the in­jury report.

The Ea­gles planned on us­ing vet­eran Ste­fen Wis­niewski and rookie third-round pick Isaac Seu­malo at left guard, as the in­cum­bent there, Allen Bar­bre, moved to right tackle in place of the in­jured Hal Vaitai, who was scratched.

In­stead, Seu­malo made his first NFL start at right guard.

The only other ac­tive of­fen­sive line­men for the were vet­er­ans Matt Tobin and Josh An­drews.

Dar­ren Spro­les, wear­ing a flak jacket to pro­tect a cracked rib, started at run­ning back in place of Ryan Mathews, who was de­ac­ti­vated with a sprained knee.

Ped­er­son ac­ti­vated just three run­ning backs, the oth­ers rookie Wen­dell Small­wood and Ken­jon Barner.

The Ea­gles also scratched de­fen­sive end Steven Means, guard Dil­lon Gor­don and de­fen­sive tackle Tay­lor Hart.

*** The Pack­ers en­tered the game short three starters.

Scratched were line­backer Jake Ryan, guard T.J. Lang and cen­ter JC Tret­ter, all starters, were scratched.

Clay Matthews moved to in­side line­backer, with Corey Lins­ley play­ing the pivot and Ja­son Spriggs fill­ing in for Lang, in­ac­tive the pre­vi­ous

two games.

The Pack­ers wel­comed back Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall, their best cover cor­ner, who had been out with a groin in­jury.

*** The Pack­ers lost Matthews on the open­ing se­ries with a left shoul­der in­jury when Bar­bre drilled him with a blind side “no­body comes into this house with­out pay­ing the price” block.

Matthews came back for a goal line play but the shoul­der clearly was both­er­ing him.

*** Ea­gles greats Harold Carmichael, Bill Bergey and Ron Ja­worski, along with Dick Ver­meil came out for the open­ing coin flip.

Their pres­ence caused the Pack­ers to lose.

The Ea­gles de­ferred un­til the sec­ond half.

*** Mer­rill Reese, the Voice of the Ea­gles, fired up the crowd with a quick emo­tional speech af­ter being in­ducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

“I’d like to thank Jeffrey Lurie and the Ea­gles for this great honor,” Reese said. “I’d like to thank everyone at WIP in­clud­ing all of my part­ners for their great sup­port over the years.

“But most of all I’d like to thank you, the most loyal, pas­sion­ate and

won­der­ful fans in the NFL.” The place erupted. Cow­boys an­nouncer Brad Sham, in his 38th sea­son of play-by-play, was in the video trib­ute for Reese.

“I mean, you can’t get any more an­ti­thet­i­cal than the fran­chise fan bases of the Ea­gles and the Cow­boys,” Sham said. “You just can’t. And so here we are, the two guys that have been do­ing this the long­est in the NFL and we might be bet­ter friends with each other than any­body else do­ing that job any­where else in the league. So maybe there’s hope.”

*** Line­backer Jeremiah Trot­ter also was in­ducted into the Ea­gles’ Hall of Fame, thanked the own­er­ship, his team­mates and gave a wave to the crowd.

Mike Quick, the ra­dio an­a­lyst and for­mer Ea­gle, thinks Trot­ter would have been a perfect fit for the de­fense played un­der the late Buddy Ryan.

“We got a lot of great Sun­days, a lot of great years watch­ing No. 54 blow up of­fenses and disrupt of­fenses and then give you that patented ax move at the end of it,” Quick said. “The guy that re­ally af­fected the mid­dle more than any­body since Bill Bergey was Trot­ter.”

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