NFC East Summer Power Rankings: Offense Only Edition
Earlier this offseason, we ranked all four NFC East teams based on how strongly we felt about each squad's chances headed into 2012. Now, we're breaking things down on more of a micro scale, starting with the division's four offenses.
Completely arbitrary power scores in brackets.
1. Dallas Cowboys (85): In terms of points and yards, they were pretty close to average last year, ranking 15th and 11th in each category. So why do I see them climbing ahead of the Eagles and Giants, both of whom were ranked ahead of Dallas last season? The key is Dez Bryant's maturation combined with the full return of Miles Austin. Oh, and a full season with DeMarco Murray won't hurt either.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (85): Michael Vick had a down year in 2011, and yet the Eagles still scored more points than any other team in the division last season. This year, I fully expect them to average at least 25 points per game again, but there's really no indication they'll be much better, especially with All-Pro offensive tackle Jason Peters out for the season.
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3. New York Giants (80): They lost Mario Manningham and the offensive line didn't improve from a personnel perspective, but Eli Manning could be on the verge of a career year. Also, the league's worst running game from 2011 should be a lot better with Ahmad Bradshaw returning to health and David Wilson joining the fray. I think they'll be only slightly behind the Cowboys and Eagles.
4. Washington Redskins (60): Washington is obviously a wild card. You have to throw last year's stats out the window completely as the 'Skins have decided to roll the dice on rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III from the get-go. The running game struggled more than you'd expect from a Shanahan team last year, but they should right the ship now that everyone's healthy again this season. Considering that Pierre Garcon is in town too, I can't imagine the 'Skins won't be able to increase their PPG total from 18 in 2011 to at least 22 in 2012.
I really can't see Dallas or Philadelphia struggling on offense much this season, so long as Tony Romo and Michael Vick are on the field. Right now, it's a toss-up there. Beyond that, the Giants aren't as trustworthy or as deep, and the 'Skins are a mystery.
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