The Packers’ offense has finally broken out under new coach Matt LaFleur. The only problem? Even though Aaron Rodgers was nearly perfect in the first half and Davante Adams racked up 158 yards before halftime, they couldn’t finish their drives, settled for field goals, and fumbled late in the second quarter. As a result, they entered halftime trailing by a point — despite leaping out to a 10-0 lead in the opening 16 minutes.
It’s perhaps fitting that two former Bears have given the Packers issues. Both Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard scored touchdowns for the Eagles.
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It’s only Week 4, but “Thursday Night Football” between two teams that entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations has the feel of a playoff type of game — at least for one side, anyway.
For a second straight week, the Philadelphia Eagles will be tasked with taking down an undefeated foe from the NFC North. They’ll be hoping their second foray against the NFC North goes better than their first. A week ago, a very shorthanded Eagles team welcomed the Lions into Philadelphia and proceeded to drop a very winnable game. As a result, the Eagles have fallen to 1-2, which wouldn’t be that big of a deal given just how early it still is in the season, but with the Cowboys racing out to a 3-0 start, suddenly Thursday night has the feel of a must-win game. If they lose, the Eagles could be three games back of the Cowboys by the end of the week.
As for the Packers, they’ve also raced out to a 3-0 start with their defense — not Aaron Rodgers — carrying the load, but they can’t afford to drop off. Trailing behind them are the 2-1 Vikings, 2-1 Bears, and oh yeah, the 2-0-1 Lions. The Packers might be the best team in the NFC North, but only just barely. Their rivals are in pursuit.