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Eagles Rookie Report: Derek Barnett, Mack Hollins, Corey Clement continue to impress

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Eagles Rookie Report: Derek Barnett, Mack Hollins, Corey Clement continue to impress

It wasn't pretty, but the Eagles took care of business with a 33-10 win Sunday over the winless 49ers at the Linc (see breakdown).

First-round pick Derek Barnett and wide receiver Mack Hollins continue to make their presence felt in this week's rookie report, as did the undrafted Corey Clement.

Let's take a look at a few of the highlights.

2nd quarter, 6:50, 1st-and-10 at SF 25 - Eagles 3, 49ers 0
San Francisco's left tackle Joe Staley has been rumored in trade talks (Eagles?). He's on the downside of his career at 33, but he's a five-time Pro Bowler and can still play a little bit. On this play, Barnett owns him. Barnett bull rushes Staley off the snap and blows the vet backward. Barnett then easily wraps up running back Carlos Hyde for a loss.

2nd quarter, 3:41, 1st-and-10 at SF 44 - Eagles 3, 49ers 0
The Eagles' offense got off to a dreadful start. The line couldn't keep Carson Wentz upright or get any push in the run game (see report card). For the second time in the game, Doug Pederson made the decision to go uptempo. After a couple of short passes to Hollins and tight end Trey Burton, things loosened up. Hollins is the lone receiver lined up to the left. He runs a post and Wentz hits him for a 24-yard gain. Hollins uses a tremendous head fake to the outside to open up the middle of the field. That's two weeks in a row Hollins has run a tremendous route and made a big play to get the offense going.

2nd quarter, 1:51 - Eagles 9, 49ers 0
After Wentz hits Ertz for a touchdown, kicker Jake Elliott misses the extra point. On the replay, you can see punter/holder Donnie Jones juggles the snap and Elliott shanks the kick left. Jones has been incredibly reliable in this department during his time with the Eagles. It was pretty clear the rainy conditions were a factor.

3rd quarter, 8:06, 4th-and-5 at SF 32 - Eagles 17, 49ers 0
Redemption for Elliott and Jones on this one. Good snap from Rick Lovato, good hold from Jones, and Elliott blasts a 51-yarder right down the middle. For Elliott, it was already his fifth field of 50-plus yards. That's now the Eagles' single-season franchise record.

3rd quarter, 4:51, 3rd-and-14 at PHI 22 - Eagles 20, 49ers 0
It's not always rainbows and sunshine on the rookie report. On this play, Hollins in lined up to the right next Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery runs a go route, intended to clear out the way for Hollins, who's running a 10-yard in. It looks like Hollins stops running at the top of his route but 49ers corner Akhello Witherspoon doesn't. Witherspoon picks off Wentz. This pick looks like it's on Hollins (see Roob's observations).

3rd quarter, 4:24, 2nd and 10 at PHI 25 - Eagles 20, 49ers 7
This another example of why Clement made this roster. He's not the most physically gifted back on the roster, but he may have the best patience and vision. He gets a great block from left guard Stefen Wisniewski, who was pulling on the play. Clement waits for Wisniewski to get through and create a cutback lane. Clement then makes a great cut and takes the run up the field for 24 yards. On the next play, Wentz hits Jeffery for a 53-yard TD. Another big play by a rookie that sparks the offense.

4th quarter, 14:10, 4th-and-goal at PHI 9 - Eagles 27, 49ers 7
This kid is becoming downright disruptive. Barnett anticipates the snap perfectly, leaps and blocks Robbie Gould's kick. For good measure, he even runs down the football and returns it for eight yards. This is a big reason why I loved Barnett coming out of Tennessee. His effort level will never be questioned.

4th quarter, 7:14, 1st and 10 at SF 49 - Eagles 33, 49ers 7
Cornerback Rasul Douglas wasn't tested too much as the Eagles' front had rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard under constant duress. But on this play, the rookie corner was ready. The speedy Aldrick Robinson tries to beat Douglas with a straight go route. Douglas is with him stride for stride and makes the play on the deep ball.

Analysis
I'm more impressed with Barnett every week. He's learning and gaining more and more confidence. He's only going to get better as this season goes on. This defensive front is crazy deep and Barnett is a big part of that. 

Hollins continues to make plays and get more snaps. That interception is probably on him. It's a rookie mistake and I'm sure he'll be coached up on it.

Clement continues to maximize his touches. He also appears to be gaining more confidence in the run game, showing more burst through the hole. He finished with career highs of 10 carries and 54 yards.

Elliott missed two extra points but nailed that 50-yarder. This missed XP's shouldn't be a cause for concern. They appeared to be a result of the poor weather. Elliott has been extremely consistent since nailing that 61-yard game winner.

Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

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Best of NFL: Cowboys offense sputters again in loss to Chargers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thursday.

Desmond King returned an interception 90 yards for the punctuating touchdown as the Chargers (5-6) moved within 1 1/2 games of AFC West-leading Kansas City after starting 0-4 while the Chiefs won their first five.

The defending NFC East champion Cowboys (5-6) lost their third straight by at least 20 points, all without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, in a damaging defeat for their fading playoff hopes.

Dallas, playing its 50th Thanksgiving game, finally ended a touchdown drought at a team-record 10 quarters on Rod Smith's 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Keenan Allen had a career-high 172 yards on 11 catches with a touchdown, giving him 23 grabs for 331 yards and three scores in the past two games.

Vikings beat Lions, stay on Eagles' heels
DETROIT — Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score all in the first half to give the Minnesota Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Lions 30-23 Thursday.

The Vikings (9-2) took a huge step toward winning the NFC North, taking a three-game lead over the second-place Lions.

Detroit (6-5) made mistakes in every phase of the game and Minnesota took advantage.

Keenum was 21 of 30 for 282 yards with both TD passes to Kyle Rudolph that gave the Vikings a 20-3 lead late in the second quarter.

The Lions rallied to pull within four points early in the fourth quarter on Matthew Stafford's second TD pass to Marvin Jones.

Xavier Rhodes ended Detroit's comeback hopes with an interception at the Detroit 37 late in the game (see full recap). 

Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

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Eagles injury report: Jake Elliott still in concussion protocol

Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol but it looks likely that he’ll be able to play on Sunday.

Elliott was a full participant in Thursday’s practice after being a limited participant on Wednesday. In Phase 4 of the concussion protocol, players are allowed to participate in non-contact drills.

Elliott suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday’s game in Dallas and the team played the second half without a kicker. If Elliott can’t play against the Bears the Eagles will either bring back Caleb Sturgis from IR or sign an outside kicker.

While Elliott was able to practice  on Thursday, Beau Allen (knee) and Trey Burton (back) did not practice. Allen has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday.

Rodney McLeod (oblique) was a full participant on Thursday.