Saturday, July 21, 2018
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Rodgers on target as Packers end skid

PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns to Davante Adams and the Packers beat the 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 to its first home loss this season.

The Packers kept their sinking playoff hopes alive but are still two games behind the Lions 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 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 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 past two. But the defense harassed Wentz and shut down the Eagles' inconsistent offense.

COMING-OUT PARTY: Tyreek Hill got his name mentioned in the same sentence with Gale Sayers.

The Chiefs' speedy receiver/returner scored on a run, a pass reception and a kick return Sunday night to become the first rookie to pull off that hat trick in a game since the former Bears great in 1965, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"I just go out there and play," Hill said after his electric performance helped Kansas City to a 30-27 overtime win over the Broncos. "Whatever the coaches want me to do, I am here. If the ball comes to me, I am going to make the play. I am full of speed."

TNF SAFE, LEAGUE SAYS: The NFL denied reports that it is considering cutting back on, or even eliminating, Thursday Night Football in the wake of poor ratings. "Someone is working overtime at the rumor mill," league spokesman Brian McCarthy told thewrap.com. "We are fully committed to Thursday Night Football and any reports to the contrary are unfounded."

EMMITT'S MOM DIES: Former Cowboys running back and Florida Gators standout Emmitt Smith said his mother, Mary Smithy, has died. A spokeswoman for Smith said Mary Smith died Saturday in Dallas, where she was visiting her son and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The spokeswoman didn't say how she died or how old she was.

BEARS: Linebacker Danny Trevathan will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right patellar tendon.

BROWNS: Guard/center John Greco went on injured reserve after hurting his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

FALCONS: Defensive end Adrian Clayborn, a 2011 first-round pick of the Bucs, tore his MCL and partially tore his meniscus and is expected to miss at least a month.

JETS: Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback for Monday night's game against the Colts, coach Todd Bowles said.

RAIDERS: A day after briefly leaving a game with an injury to his right pinky, quarterback Derek Carr said he is sore but otherwise doing fine and expects to play Sunday.

VIKINGS: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice after being held out of Thursday's game because of a knee injury.

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