The NFC East

Today I take a look at the NFC East. The NFC East is home to the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. The NFC East won 34 games last year (tops in the NFC). This year promises to be another fight between the Cowboys and the Eagles for first place and the NFC East teams will all finish at .500 or better.

Dallas Cowboys:

If you want a storybook ending, here it is: The Dallas Cowboys will win this division, win all their playoff games, march into the Super Bowl (which is at their place this year) and win it big.

Let’s bring you back down to earth now: The fact is the Cowboys have to play 16 games to get there, win a couple of playoff games, and probably face the Saints or the Vikings in the playoffs after playing them in the regular season. For the Cowboys to have a storybook ending to this season they will need some luck and that’s something they lack. (11-5)

Philadelphia Eagles:

The Eagles may be special this year as they rolled the dice and got rid of McNabb. It could also spell disaster. I think the Eagles made some good changes and will fight it out with the Cowboys for the NFC East crown and win it (12-4). Look for Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson to have great years catching passes from the new QB, Kevin Kolb.

New York Giants:

The Giants are probably just an average team this year. Their defense will be better and if Eli Manning stays out of the funk and does not get beaten up too much, their passing game will help them win some games. The gash in his head that took 12 stitches during the first pre-season game was not a good indication for the future. Rookie Victor Cruz looked good in the first preseason game, but he is a WR, which they have plenty. They lack a running game, so they are doing well to finish 8-8. One has to wonder if that will be enough to keep Couglin around for another year.

Washington Redskins:

New head coach Mike Shanahan is not the only new face around. They have a new QB in Donovan McNabb and some of the more senior running backs in Larry Johnson and Willie Parker on their roster. Who knows how Shanahan will put all the pieces together, so 8-8 is probably about the best the Skins can hope for this year.