2009 NFC Preview: Giants Repeat

Adam RadoContributor IMay 28, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 14: Dane Looker #89 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Antonio Pierce #58, James Butler #37 and Aaron Boss #31 all of the New York Giants at the Edward Jones Dome on September 14, 2008 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Giants beat the Rams 41-13. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The NFC East is the strongest division in the NFL.

Over the 2008 season, the NFC East had the best record against all other teams in their conference.

The division consists of the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. All teams have been consistently competitive over the past five years and all possess powerful defenses.

Over the 2008 season, this hard-nose division housed the third, fourth, fifth, and eighth top ranked defenses.

The scary part of this scenario is that this division is getting stronger.

The Eagles and the Giants are both coming off of playoff appearances and hungry for another year in the postseason. The Cowboys have, arguably, the most talented roster and the Redskins just signed $100 million-man Albert Haynesworth, as well as DeAngelo Hall and rookie Brian Orakpo.

With the boost to their already strong defense, the Redskins are in a do-or-die year with head coach Jim Zorn. The group started strong with a 6-2 record and, if they can right their ship, they could be playoff-bound.

Teams with a good defense are always going to win games. The Cowboys have the best pass rusher with DeMarcus Ware, who racked up 20 sacks last season; also, the Redskins bolstered up their defense with Hall and Haynesworth.

The Eagles lost their leader and seven-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins to the Denver Broncos as well as cornerback Lito Shepphard to the New York Jets.

As for the division's champions, the New York Giants, they are only looking stronger. They gain back their Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora from season-ending injury. They acquired Rocky Bernard from Seattle, Michael Boley from Atlanta, and took Chris Canty from Dallas. This dominance at the line of scrimmage will translate into run stopping and quarterback intimidation.

The Giants were the divisions leader with a 4-2 record. Look for them to repeat their dominance. The Redskins will surprise the division with a second place finish and grab a wildcard spot.

The Cowboys will, once again, miss the playoffs and Jerry Jones will be on the phone pleading with T.O. to come back.

With a .500 record, the Eagles will hold down the bottom of the division while they miss their team's leader.

As the saying goes, "Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships."