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The NFC East is not the same division as it was a few years ago.
While the Giants are still formidable, the Eagles are down after a 4-12 season in 2012, which officially put an end to the Andy Reid era. With former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly now leading the ship and either the fragile, aging Michael Vick or the inexperienced Nick Foles quarterbacking the offense, another losing season appears to be in the cards for Philadelphia.
In Dallas, the Cowboys missed the playoffs the last two seasons and haven't exactly done much to improve the team so far this offseason.
The Redskins, however, are suddenly the team to beat in the division after capturing the NFC East title in 2012 with a 10-6 record. They could be stronger this season after not losing anyone significant in free agency. Also, linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, two key members of the defense that missed most of 2012 due to injury, are healthy and ready to contribute to a defense that gave up an unhealthy 24.3 points per game last season.
A major factor, of course, to the Redskins' fate lies in the hands of injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was a league-wide sensation in his rookie season. After tearing his ACL in the Wild Card Round against the Seahawks, though, RGIII appears to be on track to start the first game of 2013.
In order to win the division, then, the Giants will need to beat the Redskins at least once in December. Winning the second game between the two teams may be the one to get since it closes out the regular season and occurs at home.
If they are going to be successful against Washington this upcoming season, slowing down its running game will be ultra important. The Redskins rushed for an astounding 455 yards in two games against Big Blue last year.
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