Gunn on One: Mychal Kendricks on mental strength, 'wow plays'

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Gunn on One: Mychal Kendricks on mental strength, 'wow plays'

Last Sunday, Mychal Kendricks played 79 percent of the defensive snaps against San Francisco. It's the most he's played in a game all year. With Jordan Hicks out, Kendricks is determined to prove to his doubters that he's an every-down linebacker and capable of playing at a consistently high level. He is also a man playing with that proverbial chip on his shoulder. Here's part of my Gunn on One conversation with No. 95.

Gunner: You've been playing all over the field and being disruptive. Is that part of your mentality when you said last week, "When you get a chance to get on the field you ain't got nothing to lose, so play free?"

Kendricks: You hit it on the head. I mean, I only get so many opportunities, so really I'm trying to make the big play, and a lot of the times when you try to make that big play, it comes at a cost. Right now, I honestly feel I have nothing to lose just because there's so few opportunities for me to go out there and capitalize, so that's exactly what I have to do — capitalize.

Gunner: You talk a lot about "wow plays." Describe what that is for you.

Kendricks: Nothing crazy. A wow play is a third-down stop when needed. It's doing something out of the ordinary, and know that if you miss it, you're going to get yelled at (laughter), but you make the play instead. It's a fine line when you make those type of plays. It's a hit or miss thing.

Gunner: Your physical athleticism has never been in question, but tell me how much you've improved in the mental aspect of the game.

Kendricks: It's like clockwork now. Things are slowing down so much, and it feels good because it allows you to play even faster.

Kendricks also talked about another of other topics, including how he won't forgot how little he played in 2016. To hear the extended version of my conversation with him, tune into Eagles Pre Game Live Sunday at noon on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Vikings win 7th straight to stay on Eagles' heels

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Vikings win 7th straight to 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.

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.