NFL Season Preview: NFC East
Football is just around the corner with training camp starting in roughly two weeks.
The NFC East almost had a representative in the Super Bowl with the Eagles falling to the Cardinals.
Can the NFC East pull it off this year and get a team to the Super Bowl?
Here's a preview of the four NFC East teams:
The Eagles made plenty of big moves this offseason to make them a contender, but how will they do when the season starts, and when they start to play games?
Donovan McNabb is a top 10 quarterback, and has receivers that are young, but experienced with Kevin Curtis as the No. 1 receiver.
Also, the Eagles have DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, a late steal in the first round of the 2009 draft.
Brian Westbrook is a top 10 running back, but has been battling injuries. That's why they drafted LeSean McCoy, who could be the steal of the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Those two backs could complement each other like Darren Sproles complemented LaDainian Tomlinson last season.
Their offensive line lost Jon Runyan, but gained Jason Peters, so they should be fine They have plenty of blocking power with Peters, Jamaal Jackson, Shawn Andrews, Stacy Andrews, and Todd Herremans.
Their defense is mostly the same from last season, which includes an excellant secondary. Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, Quintin Mikell, and Quintin Demps all are expierienced vetrens, and showed their worth to the Eagles last season. Trent Cole anchors a pretty good defensive line.
The Cowboys lost vetrens Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Anthony Henry, and Greg Ellis.
The loss of Owens may be a gain for the Cowboys, but only time will tell. Owens may have been a distraction, but he gave Romo a go-to receiver on every down.
Jason Witten, who in my opinion is the best tight end in the NFL, is gutsy and never gives up. Plus, he knows how to catch balls at all times, and can block extremely well for a tight end.
Roy E. Williams has experience, but fell apart at the end of last season. Now, he is the expected No. 1 receiver. He must contribute early in order for the Cowboys to be successful.
Patrick Crayton will also contribute as a receiver. Also, look for Miles Austin to contribute in huge ways.
So, Romo has receiving options and a proven running game with Marion Barber and Felix Jones. Plus, Romo is mobile and has a pretty good offense line.
Look for the Cowboys to be a good offense, that may or not be a year away from being a Super Bowl contender.
The Cowboys have excellant linebackers, but their secondary is kind of weak.
They have Terrence Newman and Keith Hamlin, who will noth start, but who else will?
Most likely Mike Jenkins will start at cornerback, but who else will start at safety?
Their defensive line has a few questions, like who will start?
Most likely Marcus Spears, Jay Ratliff, Igor Olshansky, and Jason Hatcher. If that's the case, they must perform well, and help Romo by keeping teams scoreless and creating scores.
New York Giants
The Giants are an excellant team, but have a gaping hole. Who will be their No. 1 wide receiver?
Will it be Steve Smith, Sinorice Moss, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon, or Mario Manningham?
Or, can they all possibly contribute enough to fill the need at receiver and give Eli Manning go-to guys week in and week out?
I believe Steve Smith and Sinorice Moss will be Eli Manning's favorite receivers. They have the most playing time and are comfortable with Manning.
However, I think Hakeem Nicks could be a big time help to Manning. He is a big target, like we saw at North Carolina.
Kevin Boss is an emerging tight end who proved to Manning as a valuable piece to make key catches.
Their running game is led by Brandon Jacobs, who is a monster, but must stay healthy. Ahmad Bradshaw is a good third down back, and is a back that can big yards when you need them in key situations. Also, even though they lost Derrick Ward, they have a young kid named Danny Ware who they are high on.
If you're a Giants fan, you shouldn't have to worry about their defense. They added Chris Canty to boost their defensive line, which was an excellent free agent pick-up.
Look for the Giants to be in a lot of low scoring games. If their offense hits a hot stretch, look out, because they have a lot of pieces to make a run.
The Redskins added a big acquisition in Albert Haynesworth, but can he contribute like he did for the Titans?
Their defensive line could be scary with Haynesworth, Phillip Daniels, and possibly Brian Orakpo.
They also have a good secondary with LeRon Landry, Deangelo Hall, and Carlos Rogers. Plus, London Fletcher, and Rocky McIntosh lead their linebacking core.
They have a good defense, and then they have the offense.
Jason Campbell is the quarterback. He throws to Santana Moss, Malcom Kelly, Chris Cooley, and Antwaan Randel-El.
Plus, their running game is good. Clinton Portis, and Ladell Betts are a good combo, especially if Portis gets injured, then Betts can come in.
The Redskins will be tough, they just have to put all the pieces together to be a top-notch team in the 2009 NFC East.
Eagles win the division, and the Giants are the Wild Card team, but the Cowboys and Redskins could also squeak in as a third NFC East team in the playoffs.
The NFC East may be the best division in the NFL, and I think it is.
We will see when the season kicks off in September.
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