When the casual NFL fan thinks about who will win the NFC East, without much thought they say the New York Giants or the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants spent a bunch of money on their defense about two seasons ago, sadly if you’re a Giants fan the product hasn't quite lived up to it’s sizable price.
Not only do the Giants have an overpriced defense that almost allows 20 points per game, according to NFL.com , but the Giants also lack a running back they could count on. It doesn't matter who your running back is when the offensive line struggles significantly. Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants as the 28th offensive line out of 32 teams.
Enough with the negative, here is why the Giants could be great this year, the offense. The Giants have quarterback Eli Manning, 36, at the helm. Manning has the best weapons of his career in wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard. Wisely the Giants also drafted tight end Evan Engram. The Giants will use Engram as a wide receiver as well, he is a quite versatile pass catcher.
The Giants have a great offense, but the offensive line and the incosistent defense makes me believe they'll finish 9-7.
Eleven straight wins, that’s what rookie sensations Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys pulled off last season.
The Cowboys lost key members of their offensive line, which Pro Football Focus now ranks them as the 9th best o-line, while last year the group was ranked 2nd by PFF.
Cowboys are still searching for a defense, it is widely considered the weakest group of the Cowboys.
Prescott played the best football of his career last year, he will regress. Prescott played incredible last year, but now the NFL has a year of tape on him, we may have seen Prescotts' ceiling.
While Elliot is most likely heading towards a suspension, Prescott may even regress more than I project, which obviously will hurt the Cowboys.
Because of the offensive line losing key pieces, Elliot heading toward a suspension, the defense looking worst than last years, and banking that Prescott will regress toward the norm.
I see the Cowboys going 8-8.
The worst team in the NFC East would happen to be the Washington Redskins. Their franchise quarterback repeatedly gets called ‘Kurt’ instead of his name, ‘Kirk’ by the organization.
Kirk Cousins has few weapons, his primary pass catchers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency, but the Redskins’ do have a solid offensive line, it falls just out of the top ten in PFF ranking.
Their defense is a question mark according to PFF their D line ranks at 21st overall.
It appears to be Cousins last year with the Redskins, and it may not end well.
I see the Skins finishing at 6-10
A team that has been flying under the radar are the Philadelphia Eagles, and they're my pick to win the NFC East. In my opinion the Eagles are the most complete team in the NFC East.
Many argue that the most important parts of an NFL team is their quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line.
Pro Football Focus ranks the Eagles with the #1 offensive line going into the 2017-2018 season. Pro Football Focus also ranks the Eagles as having the 3rd best defense line going in to the upcoming season.
Eagles have a defense worth taking note of, their only question mark remains at corner back which is a big question mark, but they did draft some good young corners.
Now on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have no question marks in my mind.
Philly signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also signed running back LeGarrette Blount.
Quarterback Carson Wentz, who is entering year two, showed his superstar potential. the 6-foot-5 240 Wentz can make all the throws as well as lead an NFL team.
Last year Wentz had little to no help, so the Eagles had to make a splash in free agency, and they did. With the moves they made Wentz may be in MVP talk, I know that sounds like a stretch, but the 24 year old from North Dakota has that 'IT' factor..
Head Coach Doug Pederson made some questionable moves last year, but with year one under his belt he’ll have much more experience. Pederson seems like a terrific head coach and has recently said “I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there, and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?”
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