The Sportmeisters NFL Season Preview: NFC East

The SportmeistersAnalyst IAugust 20, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants walks off the field after a preseason NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Panthers 24-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By Derek and Ryan of The Sportmeisters

With the NFL season fast approaching, Sportmeisters Derek and Ryan break out the crystal ball and forsee the future of all 32 NFL teams.

Today, Derek and Ryan look at the NFC East, and discuss how they got to their respective decisions. What follows is a transcript of that discussion.



  • New York Giants: 13-3
  • Philadelphia Eagles: 12-4
  • Dallas Cowboys: 10-6
  • Washington Redskins: 7-9

Derek: Ryan, the NFC East is always the most competitive division in the NFL and this year will be no different.

Ryan: No argument here, Derek, as it looks like we both feel three teams will have double-digit victories, and potential playoff berths to all three.

Derek: Ryan, I want to start with our New York Giants, who you once again doubt. Even without the presence of a true No. 1 WR, Eli Manning and that running game will combine with that stingy defense to lead the Giants back to the top of the division and the playoffs. The Giants are the only team that I think will be able to stop Drew Brees and the New Orleans offense, as I have everyone else in the NFC (and AFC) East falling to the Saints.

Ryan: Derek, I think it's going to be tough for NY to beat the Saints, but I have them predicted to start hot, as they usually do, before cooling off in the second half of the season. They have a tough three week stretch against Arizona, Philadelphia, and San Diego that I don’t see them winning, and limping into their bye week.

Derek: I also have them falling to San Diego and, of course, to Minnesota in a game that they will probably rest their starters. Listen, I place this success based on year's past. You can say it’s because I’m a Giants fan, but their success is because they have a top-five NFL defense and running game.

Ryan: Well, let’s move on to our other division title discrepancy, and that’s with the Dallas Cowboys. With no Terrell Owens, and no Jessica Simpson, I fully expect Tony Romo to be focused on a winning season, and this is Wade Phillip’s last chance.

Derek: The Cowboys are a real mystery this year. They looked terrible in their preseason opener, but have tremendous potential. The success of Romo will determine everything, but they will still lose to the San Diego, New Orleans, and New York twice.

Ryan: I have a split in the New York/Dallas series, as well as the San Diego and New Orleans loss, but I also see them falling to a surprising Atlanta Falcons, as well as the Iggles.

Derek: Speaking of Philadelphia, the Eagles will make it incredibly tough for the Giants this year and will give them a run for their money. However, I think that they will lose a few key divisional games to the Giants and Cowboys, as well as being defeated by San Diego and New Orleans, that will cost them the division, but not the wildcard.

Ryan: I have Philly third, because I really think the whole Michael Vick enigma could really change things once he gets reinstated, and who knows where that whole thing will go. I as well have San Diego and New Orleans as losses, and some splits in the toughest division in the NFL.

Derek: Finally, there is Washington. Ryan, we both have them at 7-9, so it must be a sign.

Ryan: They’ll finish last in year two of the Jim Zorn era, but its mainly a fact of the competition they are facing. It will be good to be in the same offensive system, but they faded last year, and could do the same again.

Derek: They don’t have the offensive firepower, nor the defense to compete with the other teams in the division, nor will they defeat the Chargers, Saints, or Panthers. They will finish at the bottom again, just like last year.

Ryan: No argument here, and no further discussion on the NFC East.