The NFC East is known for being a neck-and-neck division where the winner emerges with a subpar record. Based on what there is to offer this season, I don’t expect that to change:
- Washington Redskins (NFC Wild Card): The Redskins had a huge boost in the offseason by getting cornerback Josh Norman from the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Kirk Cousins probably had the best season out of any of the QBs in the division last year and it’ll be interesting to see whether he can make that happen again. With tight end Jordan Reed becoming one of the premier TEs in the league, the offense should be able to string together a strong showing. It looks to me like Washington is the annual 9-7 NFC East winner this go-around.
- Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys weren’t a bad team last year, despite finishing last in the division. Any time that you have a quarterback like Tony Romo missing essentially the whole season, you can’t expect good results. The good part about last year was that Dallas was able to draft a running back as good as Ezekiel Elliott, which will complement tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant very well on the offense. The defense can be good, but unfortunately, a good majority of the starters are suspended for the start of the season. If this team can keep themselves out of the trouble that only the Cowboys seem to get into, then they can be the best team in the division. If not, the results of the implosion will make for good TV.
- New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. has rapidly made himself one of the most feared receivers in the league, and with a quarterback with the track record like Eli Manning has, that’s a very scary thought for opposing defenses. If the rest of the offense is ready to perform to be able to take the pressure off of OBJ, then the Giants are back on the brink of the postseason.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Quarterback Sam Bradford has a huge target on his back this year as the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz with the second pick in the draft. A new head coach for Philadelphia should bring a brighter atmosphere, but with a lack of playmakers, not much is going to change. The Eagles are still one or two pieces away from being back to where they were just two seasons ago.
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