Philadelphia Eagles: Week 16 game balls, 7 disappointments

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These Philadelphia Eagles were the only bright spots of this matchup.

Stud: Darius Slay, Cornerback

Finally, the Pro-Bowl cornerback was able to secure a much-needed turnover. Darius Slay hauled in the first interception by an Eagles cornerback since the last season. That, however, isn’t the only reason Mr. Slay is getting a game ball.

Any receiver that Slay shadowed was all but completely shut down in Week 16. Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton actively ignored Slay’s side of the field for fear of throwing an interception and for good reason. The one time Dalton even put a ball in the veteran’s vicinity, Big Play snagged it away. Slay is the best cornerback the Birds have had in a long time.

Stud: Jalen Hurts, Quarterback

Even though the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles collapsed and disappeared on Sunday, Jalen Hurts continued to fight through terrible offensive line play and terrible play calling. The rookie was once again able to put up over 400 yards of offense. That isn’t too shabby.

Stud: Jordan Mailata, Left tackle

This was a bit of an up and down performance from Jordan Mailata, but he was able to keep mostly a clean pocket for his quarterback and consistently gave a great effort to do so. It was also nice to see him show his strength and manhandle multiple Dallas defenders, including Robert Quinn. Now, onto the long list of duds.