2010 NFC East Preview: Winners and Losers

Jordan LoaCorrespondent IMay 14, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 34-3.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft gave the NFC East a major upgrade, and the division won't be as lopsided as it was in 2009.

The NFC's most notable acquisition during the draft was the addition of Oklahoma St. standout Dez Bryant to the Dallas Cowboys' already impressive receiving corp.

Throw in Philadelphia's removal of Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins and the NFC East just became a whole lot more interesting.

Below are the four NFC East teams with breakdowns and predictions as to who's going to be top-dog in 2010.

Washington Redskins

In 2009, the Redskins went 5-12, losing all six of their games with NFC opponents. Out of the 16 teams in the NFC, the Redskins ranked 11th in total yards per game with 312.5.

The addition of McNabb has added a lot of excitement and anticipation going into this year's season, and will most likely be the cause of the turn-around from 2009's depressing season. 

McNabb may not be the only Eagle to part ways with the City of Brotherly Love. While nothing is set in stone, RB Brian Westbrook has met with the Redskins organization.

However, Westbrook has also met with the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Rams.

McNabb will replace the ineffective Jason Campbell at QB, and perhaps provide Washington the spark they need to be contenders in the NFC again.

New York Giants

The Giants started off their 2009 campaign on a hot streak, winning their first five games.

After that, their season quickly went downhill, losing four straight games, and ending the season at a mediocre 8-8.

The Giants ranked 13th in the NFL—fourth in the NFC East—in total defensive yards per game, giving up 26.7 PPG and 324.9 YPG.

However, the Giants may improve their defensive woes with the addition of DE Jason Pierre-Paul from USF. In his career with the Bulls, Pierre-Paul had 27 solo tackles, 16.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Other than Pierre-Paul, the Giants remain stagnant.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles finished 2009 with an impressive 11-5 record. Out of their five NFC East games, they won three.

Unlike the other three teams in the NFC East, the Eagles have offensive AND defensive worries.

Defensively, the Eagles weren't much better than their New York counterparts, ranking 12th in the league in total defense with 21.1 PPG and 321.1 YPG.

In order to shape up the defense, the Eagles snagged outstanding DE Brandon Graham from Michigan.

The 2009 season was an explosive year for Graham as he recorded a career-best 64 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Not to mention that Graham was ranked 14th nationally in sacks.

However, their offensive troubles aren't so bad. Yes, they lost McNabb (who many believe was ineffective) and Westbrook, but they do still have QB Kevin Kolb.

While Kolb is no McNabb, he still put up decent numbers during his time at Philadelphia.

From 2007 to 2009, Kolb has played 12 games, completed 79 of 130 pass attempts for 885 yards, four TDs, and seven INTs. Now, the four TDs to seven INTs is frightening, but he'll improve.

Cheer up Eagles fans, things aren't so bad.

Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East's king returns, this time revamped for 2010.

The Cowboys made a huge addition to their roster with WR Dez Bryant from Oklahoma St. Team owner Jerry Jones made it a point to not repeat the mistake of passing up a star WR, like he did with Randy Moss. But only time will tell if Bryant was really the best choice for Jones and the 'Boys.

Dallas reigned supreme in the NFC East in 2009, with their only losses coming to the NY Giants. 

The Cowboys ranked second behind the New Orleans Saints in total offense with 399.4 YPG and ninth in defensive YPG with 315.9.

Final NFC East Rankings

4 . Philadelphia Eagles : The loss of McNabb coupled with Kolb's inexperience and poor numbers are too much for the Eagles to overcome.

3 . New York Giants : With Pierre-Paul as the only major addition to the roster, expect the Giants to be the same mediocre team in 2010 as they were in 2009.

2 . Washington Redskins : The addition of McNabb, and possibly the addition of Westbrook will be the deciding factor in the Redskins' success in 2010.

1 . Dallas Cowboys : Dallas only got stronger with this year's draft, and after an impressive 2009 campaign, look for them to challenge for the NFC crown in 2010.

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