The NFC East is one of the most difficult divisions in all of Professional sports! With the Eagles winning a Super Bowl Title in 2017, all four teams now lay claim to a championship. In fact, the NFC East has 13 Super Bowl wins and 21 appearances since the 1970 AFL/NFL Merger, making it the most competitive Division in the NFL. So who will win this season?
Expect this year to have the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles slugging it out for the top spot while the New York Giants and Washington Redskins continue to rebuild. How the mighty have fallen as the once proud Giants and Redskins have failed to gain footing in recent seasons. These two will not be down forever, though.
The New York Giants are struggling but are hoping that they can build around sensational newcomer Saquon Barkley. He is a great building block and when paired with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the potential is there for a solid nucleus. Daniel Jones comes from Duke and a great QB developer in David Cutcliffe. With the pedigree, size, and tutelage from future Hall of Famer Eli Manning, Jones may be the answer of the future. I want to repeat FUTURE, not present, as the NY Giants will struggle again this year and finish third in the division with 7 wins.
The Washington Redskins are in even worse shape than the Giants! The Elldee Sports Formula is only predicting the ‘Skins to steal 2 wins this season. They were able to snag a potential game-changer in quarterback Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State, where he was able to put up incredible numbers. One serious problem though, he is only a rookie and rookie quarterbacks usually take a year or two to adjust to the speed of the NFL. That is already clear as veteran Colt McCoy is the projected starter currently. Luckily, the Redskins have a solid stable of running backs with Petersen, Guice, and Thompson but in today’s NFL, the running game alone can only carry you so far.
Moving on to the contenders, the Philadelphia Eagles are only two years removed from a Championship season. They return Carson Wentz from a second injury in as many seasons and that is the big question for this team. Coach Doug Pedersen has developed solid play and chemistry from the Eagles. With a few fortuitous bounces of the ball, Philly can make it back to the playoffs. Don’t expect that to happen though, as the schedule is tough (including the Ravens, Seahawks, and Patriots) and Wentz must still prove he can stay healthy for an entire season. The prediction is for the Eagles to finish 9-7, just short of the playoffs.
How ‘Bout Them Cowboys! This could be the year that the Cowboys finally make it back to the Big Game. It has been 23 years since “America’s Team” has competed for an NFL title. With the young trio of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper coupled with one of the best offensive lines in football and an ever-improving defense, this could be their year. Even though this is the closest that the team has looked to the glory years of the 90’s (Aikman, Smith, Irving), the game has changed and coaching is different. Even the best laid plans don’t always work. The Elldee Sports Formula is predicting a 12-4 season in a top-heavy NFC, which will only land them a #4 spot and home game in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
In summary, The NFC East looks to finish Dallas, Philly, NY, and Washington. Out of the four teams, only the Cowboys will make the playoffs. Until next time, good luck!