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Eagles 33, 49ers 10: Studs, duds, turning point and more

Eagles 33, 49ers 10: Studs, duds, turning point and more

BOX SCORE

The Eagles didn't play necessarily great for a lot of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

They didn't need to either.

Through the on-and-off rain, things eventually made sense. The Eagles eventually looked like the Super Bowl contender and the 49ers looked like one of the worst teams in the league.

The Birds rolled to a 33-10 win (see Roob's observations).

With the win, the Eagles improved to 7-1 at the halfway point and remain well in control of the NFC East and still have the best record in the NFL.

Meanwhile, the 49ers dropped to 0-8 for the first time in franchise history and are playing for the top overall pick for the second half of the season.

Say what you will about beating a winless team and one with a quarterback named C.J. Beathard, but sometimes those games can be hard to get pumped up for. The Eagles were able to take care of business Sunday afternoon.

The other side of that is the 49ers' offense absolutely stinks. They couldn't get anything going Sunday against the Eagles.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense was far from dynamic, but they did enough to pull out a W (see report card). And the Eagles were up so much, Nick Foles got to finish the game.

This is the seventh time in franchise history the Eagles have seven wins in their first eight games and the first time since 2004.

The Eagles have scored 232 points this season. That's the fifth most in team history after eight games.

Turning point
The 49ers kept it close for a while, but when the Eagles scored two touchdowns late in the second quarter in a 17-second span, it put the game away.

Key stat
Wentz threw three 50-yard passes last season. He has six already this season. Five have gone for touchdowns.

Offensive stud
Zach Ertz caught a first-half touchdown pass and now has six on the season. His previous high for a season coming into this year was four. He's become a real threat in the red zone.

Offensive dud
Wendell Smallwood didn't get a whole lot of snaps Sunday. And the Eagles' offensive line had trouble protecting Wentz at times. Wentz, for his part, didn't have a very good game. He missed a few plays he should have had.

Defensive stud
The whole defense was pretty darn good, but Jalen Mills had the first pick-6 of his career. He pulled off a nifty 37-yard return to get into the end zone. The defensive line also punished Beathard all afternoon.

Defensive dud
Um.

Key plays
• LeGarrette Blount found some room and sprinted into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 33-7.

• Derek Barnett blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter and recovered it himself (see rookie report).

• Alshon Jeffery made a nice grab over a defender and barreled through defenders on his way to a 53-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 27-7.

• Wentz threw a terrible interception in the third quarter, and on the 49ers' second play Beathard threw a quick shovel pass to Matt Breida inside and Breida took it to the house for a 21-yard touchdown.

• Jake Elliott drilled a 51-yarder in the third quarter to put the Eagles up 20-0.

• Mills picked off a Beathard pass and returned it 37 yards, weaving in and out of players on his way to the end zone. It was the first touchdown of his career. The Eagles added a two-point conversion to make the score 17-0 at halftime.

• In the second quarter, on 3rd-and-15, Torrey Smith drew a defensive pass interference call to put the ball on the 1-yard line. Wentz hit Zach Ertz for a 1-yard touchdown but a missed extra point made the score 9-0.

• Rodney McLeod got his first interception of the season after Patrick Robinson hit Aldrick Robinson to pop the ball into the air.

• On the Eagles' first scoring drive, the big play came on a 15-yard pass from Wentz to Trey Burton. Elliott hit a 40-yarder to put them on the board first. 

Special teams watch
Elliott hit his fifth 50-plus-yard field goal, setting the Eagles' single-season record. He's done it in seven games. He did miss two extra points though.

Injuries
Ronald Darby (ankle) was inactive again. He has practiced in a limited fashion for the last two weeks but isn't ready to go.

Patrick Robinson left the game in the first half with a concussion. Linebackers coach Ken Flajole was injured on the sideline in the second quarter but was able to return.

Up next
The Eagles host the Broncos at the Linc next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. That's the last game before their bye week.

Eagles' Dannell Ellerbe, Will Beatty playing catch-up with new team

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Eagles' Dannell Ellerbe, Will Beatty playing catch-up with new team

After signing with the Eagles about a week and a half ago, Will Beatty has been working hard to catch up. 

He's learning a new offense, new terminology, new teammates. 

And a new building. 

"I'm still trying to figure out where everything is here," Beatty said. "A lot of the doors here are not labeled, so it's like 'where does this door lead?'"

Eventually, the 32-year-old offensive tackle finds where he's going. For the most part, he just tries to follow his teammates. When he's the only player around, he begins to worry and checks the schedule to make sure he's not missing something. 

Beatty isn't alone. He was brought in last week a day after the Eagles signed veteran linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Both players are veterans over 30. Both players have won a Super Bowl. And both are playing catch-up. 

How has it been going? 

"Really good," head coach Doug Pederson said. "In both cases, picking up the offense with Will and the defense with Dannell. Dannell has probably gotten a couple of reps with our defense in the past couple of weeks. Both of them are doing really, really well."

While Ellerbe has gotten some practice reps, don't expect him to have a role with the defense just yet. Pederson on Friday morning said Ellerbe's role is still to get comfortable with the defense. 

While Jim Schwartz said Ellerbe was going to learn all three linebacker positions, Ellerbe has been focusing more on MIKE and SAM. The former Saint said he likes to learn the entire concept of the defense. The biggest hurdle is learning the new terminology. 

"I've been sitting out since OTAs, so it's been a while," Ellerbe said. "It's like riding a bike. Just repetition."

Both players were inactive against the Cowboys, less than a week after their arrivals. It is yet to be seen if either will have roles down the stretch. 

When Beatty eventually finds his way to the practice field, he has been working with the Eagles' second-team offense, which means he's going against the Eagles' first-team defense every day. That's a good way to shake off some rust. 

For now, second-year player Joe Walker has been playing the MIKE position in the Eagles' base defense. If Ellerbe were to ever get on the field, it would likely be in that spot. But Walker has been playing OK since Jordan Hicks went down. 

During meetings, Beatty pretty much stays quiet when he has questions. He writes down what he doesn't understand and then brings it to offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland afterward so he doesn't slow down the entire group. It's basically like seeing a teacher after class for extra help. 

One of the tough parts about joining a team in the middle of the season is everyone is already settled into a routine. Beatty and Ellerbe are working just to catch up. 

"It's a little different, but would much rather be doing this than anything else," Beatty said. "This is a great organization. Everyone welcomed me with open arms."

Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott (concussion) cleared to play vs. Bears

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Eagles Injury Update: Jake Elliott (concussion) cleared to play vs. Bears

After a week of worrying, everyone can finally relax. 

Jake Elliott is going to play on Sunday. 

The Eagles' kicker officially cleared the NFL's concussion protocol on Friday morning, when he was cleared by an independent neurologist. Throughout the week it looked likely that Elliott would be able to play, but it didn't become official until Friday. 

Elliott suffered a concussion against the Cowboys during the first half of Sunday's game at AT&T Stadium. The Eagles needed to finish the game going for two-point conversions and with linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill kicking off. 

"When the hit happened on the opening kickoff, I was a little bit rattled," Elliott said on Friday afternoon. "I had never had a concussion before. That was my first one. I didn't feel too loopy right at the time but as the first quarter went on, it just started to get worse and worse. That final play I was in there, was kind of a little bit of a haze. I decided to go seek someone out after that."

It wasn't until Elliott missed a 34-yarder that he went and got checked out. He said he didn't want to make excuses for the missed kick but "was a little bit out of it" on that play.  

Meanwhile, Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) will both be game-time decisions, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Both are listed as questionable. 

Burton's back spasms came from the game on Sunday and he has been dealing with the issue all week. He missed practice on Thursday. If Burton can't play, the Eagles would go into Sunday's game with two tight ends — Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. If Burton is inactive, Celek will likely have an increased role, Pederson said. 

If Allen can't play, it's likely rookie Elijah Qualls will be active for the first time since the Arizona game. Qualls has played just 50 defensive snaps all season.