Monday’s roundup: Rodgers leads Packers past Eagles
Philadelphia — Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes to Davante Adams and the Green Bay Packers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13 Monday night to stop 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.
“Winning is very difficult in this league, and we haven’t had the feeling in 5 weeks,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “We missed it. It felt good. It’s a product of December football. We’re getting ready to go into the toughest days of the season, and you need these wins.”
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.
Colts in Luck
Coach Chuck Pagano says the Colts are optimistic Andrew Luck will play next Monday night against the Jets after missing last Thursday’s game with a concussion.
The Colts quarterback was injured in a Nov. 20 victory over the Titans and was not cleared from the concussion protocol in time to play against the Steelers.
Luck said Monday he feels healthy and believes the next step is to complete a regular practice Wednesday and be cleared by an independent doctor.
“You have to be prudent with your brain, cautious is maybe the wrong word,” Luck said.
He missed nine games last season with multiple injuries including a lacerated kidney and had played in every game this season until last Thursday despite being sacked an NFL-high 35 times.
Luck said this is the first time he’s been diagnosed with a concussion.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Michigan ) says his injured knee feels better than it did after last game.
It’s not known when or how Brady injured the knee. He missed two practices last week because of it but returned to the field Friday.
... Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right patellar tendon.
... Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says his injured right pinkie is sore but otherwise doing fine.
... Browns guard John Greco was placed on injured reserve after hurting his right foot in last weekend’s loss to the Giants.
... Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Jets starting quarterback next Monday night against the Colts.
... The Titans released starting cornerback Perrish Cox and will replace him on the roster by promoting cornerback Kalan Reed from the practice squad.
... Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs returned to practice, after being held out of the previous game because of a knee injury.
Quarterback Sam Bradfrord was limited in practice but is expected to play against Dallas.
Cowboys great Emmitt Smith says his mother has died.
A spokeswoman for Smith says Mary Smith died last Saturday in Dallas, where she was visiting her son and his family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
... Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III and his girlfriend had cash stolen from the car they took to last Sunday’s game. The car was valet parked in the players’ lot at FirstEnergy Stadium while the winless Browns were hosting the Giants.
Girlfriend Grete Sadeiko posted on Twitter about the theft. She didn’t say how much was taken. Sadeiko is a heptathlete from Estonia.