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Broulis Beat Report: My NFC East Prediction

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CANTON,Ohio- The good ol’ NFC East! Home to a division that features four markets that are in the top 10 in terms of market size. #1 New York, #3 Philadelphia, #4 Dallas and #7 Washington D.C.. Also You have the Eagles, Redskins and Giants so close, then you have the Cowboys way down in Texas. Never quite understood that. But it is what it is.

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The Philadelphia Eagles

OFFENSE- Sam Bradford? Chase Daniel? Carson Wentz? Who is the starting quarterback in Philadelphia? Almost sounds like i’m writing about the Cleveland Browns quarterback situation. Until that is cleared up, this team is going nowhere. The have a decent running back tandem with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Brent Celek, Nelson Agholor, Dorial Green-Beckham and Rueben Randle are the outside targets.

DEFENSE- A lot of holes on this side of the ball, so if they plan on stopping anyone, Fletcher Cox and Connor Barwin need to have big seasons on the defensive line plus Leodis Mckelvin and Malcolm Jenkins will have to have all pro years to give the Eagles any chance on defense.

FINAL SUMMARY- The Eagles are in a complete rebuild mode, much like Cleveland in the AFC North. On top of playing within the NFC East, they play the AFC North and some out on division teams like Minnesota, Seattle and Green Bay.

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The Washington Redskins- Honestly, I was going to put the Giants in third place but i’ll explain why I have Washington here now first.

OFFENSE- I’m a firm believer that defenses adjust well after a player provides them with a solid amount of tape. I don’t know if Kirk Cousins can have a good year this year, then they might finish in second. His main targets are definitely players with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon. After that Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are at tight end.

DEFENSE- Washington could have a good defense this year. They’re hoping the secondary, which features Deangelo Hall and Josh Norman, can be one of the better secondary units in the NFL. Ryan Kerrigan is a pretty good linebacker. 

FINAL SUMMARY- I think The Redskins will struggle to score points against good defenses and stop good offenses from scoring. Again they play in the NFC East, add the AFC North plus the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panther are on the schedule this year.

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The New York Giants-

OFFENSE- Eli Manning can be a good quarterback but he doesn’t have to be great with receivers like Odell Beckham Jr, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. Rashad Jennings should have holes to run through because the defense will have to respect the passing attack.

DEFENSE- Quite a few play makers on defense from the front seven to the secondary. Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins. I think they’ll be fine on both sides of the ball.

FINAL SUMMARY- It wouldn’t shock me if New York challenges and even wins the NFC East if they stay relatively healthy. I don’t consider them a legit title contender because I don’t think Manning can lead them that far, even though he’s already done that. 



The Dallas Cowboys-

OFFENSE- If Romo is healthy, this offense can be scary good. Dez Bryant on the outside, the drafting of Elliott and a good offensive line. I think they can really rack up the points. 

DEFENSE- The defense should be solid this year. I like the linebackers in Dallas. Sean Lee, Brandon Carr are my standouts. 

FINAL SUMMARY- Again, if Romo stays healthy, Dallas will be tough to stop on offense and the defense will have plenty of time to rest on the sidelines. They have talent on the field to get the job done.

THE NFC EAST FINAL SUMMARY- Other than the Eagles, this division should be a fight to the finish. Who knows, maybe Washington will shock me but I just feel the Giants and Cowboys will be fighting this one out come years end.

Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick broulis

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