Note: This is Part 2 of an eight-part series of NFL divisional predictions.
The NFC East is the easiest division to pick in terms of the eventual winner for this year. In fact, it may be the easiest division to pick as a whole for this year. I would almost classify this finishing prediction as a lock.
The Philadelphia Eagles should run away with the division. They were the best team in the division in 2010 and simply widened that gap by a large margin. I could see them cruising to a record of 13-3 this year. They simply were too talented before and made too many nice additions not to win the division. Bet the farm in Vegas on them to win this division.
The New York Giants have been much maligned this offseason. However, they were still the clear second-best team in the division at the end of last year. They have enough returning on defense coupled with a good QB in Eli Manning to hold firm on that spot. They won’t be as bad as doomsayers are predicting. They should finish with an 8-8 record this year.
The Dallas Cowboys are overvalued more than any other team in the league on a nearly yearly basis. They were in as much of a cap bind as anyone after the lockout was lifted. As a result they had to jettison a lot of veteran players out of town. They simply did not have the cap space to fill all of their voids. I think QB Tony Romo stays healthy this year and they put together a record of 6-10.
The only person that does not think the Washington Redskins will finish in last place in the NFC East is QB Rex Grossman. Unfortunately for Grossman, he might not even be the starting QB on the team. The Redskins roster is riddled with holes. I see them finishing with a record of 5-11. That prediction is out of respect to Mike Shanahan. The talent on this team implies an even worse record than that.