2013 NFL Season Preview – NFC East – Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Giants

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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)

 Ok, stop if you have heard this story before…..Dallas Cowboys come into the season, Jerry Jones (team owner) pops off about how he is ready for a SuperBowl………..says something questionable about the coach………….quarterback has to step up.
And…………..repeat for 2013. Only this time could actually be legitimate. 
The Cowboys are absolutely loaded on the offensive and defensive sides of the football. Quarterback Tony Romo received a very nice contract extension that shows Cowboys fans that Romo is the QB of the future and the guy that will lead the organization into the future, and hopefully, to a SuperBowl Championship. 
On the offensive side of the football, the pieces around Romo are absolutely outstanding. Jason Witten is one of the most complete Tight Ends in the NFL, being one of the leaders on the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns, as well as being a great blocker down the field. Wide Receiver Dez Bryant has all of the talent of Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall, but has to put it all together, and if he has that ability to do so, Bryant will be considered one of the most elite WRs in the league. 
As I am currently watching the Hall-of-Fame game while writing this post, RB Philip Tanner is running with some violent aggression, and if he can keep that up, and have DeMarco Murray be the complete all-around back, the running game for the Cowboys will be good enough to allow Romo to have a bit less pressure on him. 
On defense, MLB Sean Lee is back after his injury from last season to anchor the LB core, and DeMarcus Ware is back at his post as the best DE in the game, quite possibly the best in the last 5 years. With Ware and Anthony Spencer at the other DE position and DT Jay Ratliff pluging up the middle, the Cowboys are the most complete on both sides of the ball than they have been in many years. 

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)

The Giants are a very mysterious franchise to me. They have the All-Pro QB in Eli Manning, who has 2 Superbowl wins on his resume, they have the great receivers in Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, and a strong defense led by DEs Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul, but I have a feeling that the Giants will play just well enough to be in the hunt at the end of the season, but just miss the playoffs by a game in the last week of the season. Not so much because of the caliber of players or coaching, but because of the tiebreakers and small issues. I do believe that the Giants, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions can be interchangeable in playoff positioning, but this year, I see the Giants as the odd team out. 

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! 

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