NFL Season Preview: NFC East
I have decided that it would be really difficult to do this in the time before the NFL regular season started, so I opted to go to a different format for the NFC.
I am now going to go division by division for the NFC, doing four teams an article instead of just one. This way, it will be much easier to complete by the start of the regular season.
I have already done the Dallas Cowboys so instead of re-previewing them, I will just provide a link in their place with their expected record.
Now on to the new and improved preview of the NFC East.
The NFC East is possibly the toughest division in the NFC. They have the team that topped the entire NFC last season, the Dallas Cowboys, and the team that won the Super Bowl, the New York Giants.
They also have another team that went to the playoffs, the Washington Redskins, and a team that is still a possible contender, the Philadelphia Eagles.
With all these strong teams, it is likely that two, maybe even three teams, will make their way out of this division like they did last season.
Dallas Cowboys: read article for preview.
New York Giants
The Giants may have won the Super Bowl last season, but they lost a strong presence on the defensive line in Michael Strahan.
Their big question going into this season is, are they going to avoid sophomore slumps?
They had seven rookies become significant contributors, most notably tight end Kevin Boss, who had to fill in for Jeremy Shockey who has since been traded.
They also lost Kawika Mitchell and Reggie Torbor to free agency which will hurt their linebacker core, especially with lingering questions about Mathias Kiwanuka's leg injury last season.
However, they should be able to expect strong seasons out of Justin Tuck who will replace Strahan, as well as players like Brandon Jacobs and Eli Manning to help the offense along.
The Eagles are an interesting team, because in almost any other division in the NFC, they would be ready to challenge for the division championship, but they are stuck at the bottom of a strong NFC East.
Their major addition on defense was Asante Samuel, who will be a nice addition to an already stingy secondary.
However, their front seven was hit with the losses of Takeo Spikes and Jevon Kearse, which they attempted to off-set by drafting Trevor Laws in the second round.
Donavan McNabb and Brian Westbrook will lead the offense, but they still don't have any real threats at wide receiver. They drafted DeSean Jackson in the second round, but he will mostly contribute as a kick/punt returner.
Their top receiver will again be Reggie Brown, who had 780 yards receiving last season and will need to improve on those numbers if he plans to help this season.
The Redskins got hot at the end of last season, winning their final four games of the regular season and ending up with a Wild Card spot and a first round exit from the playoffs.
They have a new head coach, Jim Zorn, who is going to lead a team that is strong, but stuck in a stronger division.
They made it their mission to help Jason Campbell in the draft, adding two wide receivers and a tight end in the second round.
They should add to Santana Moss and Clinton Portis to create a stellar offense if Campbell can pick up Zorn's playbook and play stronger.
They also added Erasmus James and Jason Taylor to improve defensively in the off-season, which should add to the already strong defense that lost Sean Taylor during last season.
How the NFC East will fall?
1. Dallas Cowboys 13-3
2. New York Giants 11-5
3. Washington Redskins 8-8
4. Philadelphia Eagles 7-9
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