Riding The Waves With The NFC East

Kenesha Ashley NabriedContributor IMay 23, 2009

In the sea of the National Football League, the NFC East is facing a high-tide, low-tide scenario.

Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have acquired weapons that allow them to surf the high-tide.

The Philadelphia Eagles are on the rise. They've acquired two new offensive lineman, Jason Peters and Stacy Andrews who should protect McNabb well. They have also picked up fullback Leonard Weaver and running back LeSean McCoy. This is the help Brian Westbrook needed. DeSean Jackson should continue to grow this year, remaining McNabb's go-to receiver.

The Eagles have lost their defensive prophet in Brian Dawkins, but his energy and spirit will never leave their locker room. Defensive coach, Jim Johnson is currently battling cancer. He will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to undergo treatment. This unfortunate circumstance should motivate the Eagles to perform at a higher level.

The Washington Redskins are working on creating an identity for themselves. One thing's for sure, the Skins will be known for their defense. They've signed defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive end Brian Orakpu.
The defense is solid.

Quarterback Jason Campbell has shown that he can be a good leader. He needs to take it to the next level. Taking more chances downfield won't hurt. You've got to take a chance to see what works for you, to develop your game.

Once the Redskins as a whole (including Coach Jim Zorn) are more comfortable with each other, we will see vast improvement. The Redskins are on the high tide because they will have a defense to be reckoned with. 

Then we hit the low-tide. Recently, these next two teams have made celebrity headlines so much, making Lindsay Lohan look like a saint.

The New York Giants no longer have their top receiver in Plaxico Burress. We found Burress in the club, accidentally shooting himself in the leg, being charged for "unlawful carrying of a hangun", and ultimately shooting a dagger in the Giants' offense. They've also lost another top receiver in Amani Toomer. These are the same two men who made major contributions in Giants Superbowl XLII victory.

So who will Eli Manning connect the dots with in the downfield? They've added rookies,
Ramses Barden and Hakeem Nixon. These rookies are pretty inexperienced at this point; however, I am sure Coach Tom Coughlin will light a fire under them.

The defense looks healthy. Having Osi Umenyiroa back is only a plus. We shall see what shakes up in "the city."

The Dallas Cowboys started out their offseason with their practice facility's dome collapsing "due to a storm." I am wondering if that was a sign of things to come.

The Cowboys have lost wide receiver Terell Owens. With Owens' reputation,
some may see that as a blessing in disguise. Nonetheless, Owens is an amazing wide receiver, and the Cowboys will feel the loss.

Then there's Tony Romo. Whether his girlfriend Jessica Simpson is a good luck charm or not doesn't matter. What does matter is Romo's lack of confidence when it comes down to the wire. Romo chokes.

The team can't perform under pressure. Cowboys' owner, Jerry Jones, is like a 1970's catholic school nun. From what my mother tells me, nuns were way too close for comfort, breathing down your neck every minute of the day. Yup, that sounds like Jerry Jones alright.

If changes aren't made, I don't see the Cowboys going very far this season, especially in this division.
All in all, most low-tides turn high again. Anything can happen at any point in time.

I will leave you with my predictions in the following order (one being the top-dog in the NFC East):

1. Philadelphia Eagles

2. New York Giants

3. Washington Redskins

4. Dallas Cowboys- Cowboys, I dare you to prove me wrong.