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Packers vs. Eagles: Performances to watch

Both teams have big stars looking to break out

WR Davante Adams
WR Davante Adams

GREEN BAY – The Packers are playing their second Thursday night game of September with a chance to be 4-0 at the season's quarter pole.

Here are five things to watch vs. the Eagles.

1. Time to score: Packers WR Davante Adams, all through the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, never went three straight games without a touchdown catch, let alone four. The two-time Pro Bowler has been kept out of the end zone thus far in 2019, but it's hard to imagine that continuing much longer.

2. Keep him quiet: The best player on a stout Eagles' defensive front is tackle Fletcher Cox, whose 10½ sacks last season were a standout number for an interior rusher and earned him first-team All-Pro honors. He's off to a very quiet start in 2019 with no sacks and just three tackles. Interior offensive linemen Corey Linsley, Billy Turner and rookie Elgton Jenkins want to keep it that way.

3. Chance to break one: Recently acquired Tremon Smith is the Packers' new kickoff returner, but in his Green Bay debut last week he never got a chance to run one back, as Denver kicked four touchbacks. Philadelphia allowed a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week to Detroit's Jamal Agnew, and it proved to be a huge play in a 27-24 Lions victory.

4. Taking turns: In the Packers' secondary, S Adrian Amos had an interception in Week 1, CB Kevin King had one in Week 2, and rookie S Darnell Savage had one in Week 3. Whose turn is next? CB Jaire Alexander, CB Tramon Williams, CB Tony Brown, or S Will Redmond?

5. Momentum swings: The Packers have outscored their opponents 45-23 in the first half, while the Eagles have been outscored 50-23. The Eagles have scored 53 points in the second half, but the Packers have allowed just 12.