The NFC East has always been a tough division with rivalries bringing out the best in these competitors. Dallas versus New York. Philadelphia versus New York. Dallas versus Philly. Washington versus Dallas. There is always a question mark of who will come out on top of the heap of teams fighting for the division title.
With the trade of McNabb to the Redskins, it leaves the division wide open for anyone to take it.
In my opinion, there is no team is really that much ahead of anybody else.
New York Giants: Started the year out of the gates going 5-0 but whom did they really play in those first five games besides NFC foe, the Dallas Cowboys? Their first real test came when they played against the Saints who stomped them and raised the first initial questions about their defense. Then they go 0-4 with losses to Arizona, Philly, and San Diego.
Right now, this just seems like a team trying to get back on the right path. The days of the intimidating defense is long over with Pierce and Strahan gone and most importantly, their defensive coordinator Spagnulo. Defense took a hard hit last year and I don't see them winning the division even if they draft Ronaldo McClain. Simply saying, their offense can't put up the amount of points that their defense gives up.
Washington Redskins: Trading for McNabb was a great move because it gives your organization a Super Bowl ready QB. Now you just have to transform the rest of your team to be a Super Bowl contender and that is something that I just don't think is possible in one year. The offensive line needs a lot of work but don't take my word for it, just ask Jason Campbell. But even a few plays to throw the ball away before getting eaten alive, who is going to catch it? Santana Moss who has always been a threat but whose numbers have been inconsistent?
This is a team that is going to need work despite having Donovan McNabb at the helm of your offense. Redskins must address the offensive line by possibly drafting Okung or Davis so that McNabb can make plays. We'll also see if Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, or Clinton Portis can show their value to the franchise and create some offense out of the backfield.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles always seem like they should win the division to me yet something always happens down the stretch where they either can't separate themselves from the pack, creating some weird scenario for the crown or it just wasn't Philly's day. It's a totally new, younger, faster Eagles team now. But again, how realistic is it for Kevin Kolb to be thrown in the fire as the starting QB to be that successful and win the division? The division is up for grabs though so you can't count them out. If Andy Reid has them going in the right direction, who knows what they are capable of. But look at Aaron Rodgers in his first season. He was always the successor to Brett Farve and now that a few years have passed by, he is really flourishing as one of the league's best quarterbacks. Philly must also believe that as well since they released a sure hall of famer. But it's going to take some time again.
It's a rebuilding scene in Philadelphia. This is the time where Kolb must gain experience and shoulder the pressures of being a starting QB, especially being a starting QB in the city of brotherly love. It's a younger team that needs to but will most certainly grow together in the next couple of years.
Dallas Cowboys: Big D looks like the most stable team in the division. They released Flozell Adams so hopefully there goes the stupid penalties. The emergence of Miles Austin as the number one receiver in Dallas has really helped Romo find a groove. And if the Cowboys are looking to beef up their receiving corps, Dez Bryant seems like he would fit in with the organization.
I didn't think Dallas was really that great last year but average. They could have really had a vice grip around the entire division but it never happened. And with Dallas you never know what to expect. They were cold and winless in previous years in December but they turned their game on this year cranking out vital wins.
Out of everyone in the division, it looks as if Dallas has the best chance to take it. There are too many issues going on with the other teams whether it's a defensive problem, going into a rebuilding mode or needing talent to surround a playmaker. The Cowboys are pretty much fine in their needs.
But the best thing about the NFC East is that anything can happen.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!