Despite Green Bay's struggles, Rodgers scares Eagles
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Don't tell the Philadelphia Eagles that Aaron Rodgers has lost his winning touch.
Rodgers has a losing record for the first time since his first season as Green Bay's starting quarterback in 2008. But the two-time NFL MVP is hardly to blame for the Packers' four-game losing streak.
''He's still playing at a high level,'' Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. ''I don't think their record reflects what they're doing offensively.''
The Eagles host (5-5) Green Bay (4-6) on Monday night. Jenkins and the rest of the defense know they have a tough task.
''He's very accurate when he's standing still in the pocket or when he's mobile,'' Jenkins said. ''He throws the ball 70 yards in the air. He still has the arm strength and the accuracy. ''He's one of those guys who can do it all.''
Rodgers has thrown 25 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. His passer rating (96.0) is up from last year, but not where it was from 2009-14 when he was over 101.2 each season.
''I don't look at their struggles,'' Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. ''They're a really good football team and it shows on tape. (Rodgers) is still making plays. He makes plays with his feet, he makes those throws that open your eyes and make you say, `wow.' He makes throws on the run.''
The Eagles had trouble containing Russell Wilson in a 26-15 loss at Seattle last week. Wilson's scrambling ability and improvisational skills gave the defense fits. He put it all on display on one play when he escaped a rush, ran left toward sideline and threw across his body to Jimmy Graham for a TD.
Rodgers also is known for extending plays, scrambling when he needs to avoid a rush and doing damage with his feet.
''It'll be a tougher challenge than last week, honestly,'' Cox said. ''His mobility to move around the pocket and throw the ball on the run, it's a bigger challenge. We have to make sure to contain the football and not turn it into a 7 on 7.''
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz faced Rodgers twice a season when he was Detroit's coach.
''He puts a lot of stress on your defense from an ability to extend the plays,'' Schwartz said. ''He's made a lot of plays this year with his feet, including scoring touchdowns, getting first downs, also creating time to make plays down the field. He's a guy that can throw the ball in really, really tight spots. He's one of the best play-action quarterbacks in the NFL.''
NOTES: RB Ryan Mathews (knee), DE Steven Means (illness), RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) didn't practice Friday. DE Connor Barwin (knee) returned to practice after missing Thursday.
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