Today’s NFL preview post is about the NFC East Division, and a breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. This division is traditionally one of the best divisions in all of the NFL because of the close games and history between all of the teams in the division, but of course, only one team can win the division.
Dallas Cowboys (12-4, NFC East Champions, 3rd Seed in NFC Playoffs)
Washington Redskins (10-6, 2nd in NFC East, Misses Playoffs)
The Redskins are coming off of a season where expectations were low across the board for the organization, and Robert Griffin III emerged out of the shadows and became one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the league – that was – until the injury to his ACL towards the end of the season and the full injury during the NFC Wildcard Playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
If Griffin III is fully healthy this year, the Redskins will have no limits as to how far the team can go, but he has to stay healthy and know when to use all of his athletic ability and when to stay safe and take a slide or just throw the ball away. Griffin III will have his strong weapons around him though with RB Alfred Morris, who will be looking to improve on his strong 1,000 yard rookie season, and WRs Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Santana Moss.
On defense, the Redskins should be one of the top 10 units in the NFL this season with the ageless MLB London Fletcher anchoring the unit along with Ryan Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins anchoring the end positions. LB Brian Orakpo will be looking for a bounce back season after an injury took him out in Week 1 of the season.
The Redskins are a team to watch, but I don’t know if they have the staying power to overtake Dallas in the NFC East and to make a lot of noise in a potential playoff run.
New York Giants (10-6, 3rd in NFC East, Misses Playoffs)
Philadelphia Eagles (8-8, 4th in NFC East, Misses Playoffs)
I see the Eagles as having some great improvement this season with the new offense of the new head coach Chip Kelly, who is coming over from Oregon, where he turned that program into one of the elite in college football, and having it tailored towards the skills of QB Michael Vick and RB LeShawn McCoy. The team, however, has to overcome the issue of Riley Cooper, who had a video mentioning a derogatory term at a Kenny Chesney concert. I don’t know if the team is ready to be able to do that yet, and unfortunately, that kind of incident may just cost them the season early on.
Here is my NFC East Preview for you, if you have any questions, make a comment below or contact us on the right hand side of the page. Take care!