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Game Preview | Eagles vs. Packers

The Eagles are on the road in Week 13 as they take on the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers. The Eagles are in search of their first win since the bye week, while the Packers (8-3) can inch closer to repeating as division champs. More importantly, the Packers look to keep pace with the Saints (9-2) and Seahawks (8-3) in the race for the top seed (and only first-round bye) in this year's playoffs.

Our live coverage begins Sunday with The Kickoff Show presented by Axalta at 3:40 PM. The game action begins at 4:25 on CBS.

Dig into these news and notes as part of our Game Preview, presented by Unibet.

News and Notes

• The Eagles went to Lambeau Field and handed the Packers their only home loss of the 2019 season in a thrilling Week 4 Thursday night showdown that wasn't decided until a final-minute interception by linebacker Nigel Bradham to seal the 34-27 victory. The Packers are 11-2 at home under second-year Head Coach Matt LaFleur.

• The Eagles elevated running back Jordan Howard from the practice squad for Sunday's game. In that 2019 win, Howard starred with 115 yards from scrimmage and three total touchdowns.

• Why is a fast start important for the Eagles on Sunday? The Packers lead the league with 19.1 first-half points per game this season. The Eagles, meanwhile, rank 29th with 8.5 points in the first 30 minutes this season. In the three games since the bye week, the Eagles have a total of nine points in the first half.

• The Packers have the top-ranked scoring offense in the league, averaging 31.7 points per game. They have scored 30+ points in eight of 11 games and are 7-1 in those contests. The Eagles have not scored 30 points in a game this season.

• Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having another MVP-worthy season as he leads the NFL in touchdown passes (33) and passer rating (117.6).

• The defense will need to be aware of the Packers' threat off play-action. Rodgers leads the NFL with 14 touchdown passes and a 133.8 passer rating off play-action this season, per NFL Next Gen Stats. It's a departure from previous seasons as Rodgers had just 10 touchdown passes off play-action in the previous three seasons combined.

• Rodgers leads the NFL with 10 games of a passer rating of 100 or better. He also leads the league with eight three-touchdown games in 2020. He's had seven games without a giveaway as well.

• The Eagles have allowed just one receiving touchdown to a wide receiver since Week 8, the fewest total in the NFL.

• The Packers placed center Corey Linsley on Injured Reserve on Saturday. His streak of 68 consecutive starts, third in the NFL among centers – Jason Kelce leads the way with 100, will come to an end. Rodgers has been sacked only 11 times in 2020. The Eagles are tied for second in the league with 36 sacks. Can the Eagles take advantage of the injury?

• Elgton Jenkins is expected to move from guard to center. Rookie Jon Runyan Jr., the son of former Eagles Pro Bowl right tackle Jon Runyan, is set to make his first career start at left guard.

• Another key for the Eagles' defense. The Packers' offense is the fourth best in the league on third down. The Eagles have the fifth-best third-down defensive unit.

• Even if the Eagles get stops on third down, watch out! The Packers are the most aggressive fourth-down team in the NFL this season by a wide margin.

• Cornerback Darius Slay is questionable with an ankle injury. He shadowed DK Metcalf on Monday night against Seattle. Will Slay follow Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, who had 10 catches for 180 yards against the Eagles last season. In 2016, Adams had five catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles.

• Adams leads the league in receptions per game (8.2) and receiving yards per game (100.9).

• If Slay shadows Adams, the wide receiver is Pro Football Focus' top-graded receiver in single coverage this season. He's gained 568 yards against single coverage, second in the NFL, according to PFF.

• Adams is first in the league among wide receivers in yards per route run with 2.96. Adams also lines up in the slot where he's second in the league in yards per route run from the slot at 3.42.

• Adams and tight end Robert Tonyan have 18 receiving touchdowns, more than any other duo in the NFL.

They Said It

"This is an important stretch for us coming up. Obviously we're still in the NFC East hunt, so to speak, and it just shows that our young players, right, and I still consider Carson in that young, only five years in, it's still relatively young in this league, but they're showing signs of maturity and growth and leadership ability and especially from your quarterback, right?" – Head Coach Doug Pederson on quarterback Carson Wentz being accountable for the offense's struggles

"I think he's really taken his game to another level this year. He's incredibly efficient. He was always good at making big plays and doing those kinds of things, but he's just so efficient. He doesn't miss a checkdown. He runs a boot and he's taking the positive yards. He still scrambles. He still makes those plays, but I think you're seeing it in his overall play. He still makes his big plays down the field, but I think he's taken his game to another level this year." – Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

"It's one of those games that I'm excited to get the opportunity to play in. It's a team that I always watched ever since I was like 3 years old and pretty much all the way up until last year. ... Now, I'm over here and I gotta handle my business and everybody knows where my allegiance stands." – Guard Jon Runyan Jr. on making his first career start Sunday again his father's former team (via Packers.com)

"We're going to have to execute. I say it every week and it kind of sounds cliché and we say it over and over, but we've got to execute better. We've got to come out and play faster early in games and try and strike early and change the momentum a little bit." – Quarterback Carson Wentz

"My goal is to help this team win games. Whatever that role is, whether it's starting, filling in for a guy that's hurt, my approach has been the same each day. On the sidelines when I'm not playing, I'm cheering those guys on, maybe I see something on the field, contributing, helping coach Stout (Jeff Stoutland, offensive line coach/run game coordinator) see things. It's great to play, it's fun, it's always great to be out there representing the City of Philadelphia and the great organization of the Philadelphia Eagles." – Rookie Jack Driscoll will make his second start of the season at right tackle on Sunday.

Final Injury Report

EAGLES

OUT

• S Rudy Ford (hamstring)

• WR Quez Watkins (illness)

QUESTIONABLE

• CB Darius Slay (ankle)

PACKERS

OUT

• C Corey Linsley (knee/placed on IR)

QUESTIONABLE

• LB Krys Barnes (calf)

• RB Tyler Ervin (ribs)

• LB Za'Darius Smith (ankle)

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