With the NFL season set to begin on Thursday, it’s time to make some predictions on the NFC East. As always it will again be another interesting season for the East, especially since McNabb was traded within the division. The last two division titles have been won in the last week of the regular season between the Eagles and Cowboys.
Dallas Cowboys (2009 – 11-5, 1st place)
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a division title in 2009 after blowing out the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. The two teams again met in the first round of the playoffs, but the result was the same. The Cowboys captured their first playoff victory in 13 years when the beat the Eagles 34-13.
The Cowboys come into this season with huge expectations. The Super Bowl is being played at Cowboys Stadium this season, so much of the media has hoped onto the headline of Cowboys playing a home game in the Super Bowl. With a formidable offense and a stingy defensive line, the Cowboys are the clear favorite this year to win the division. I think this is a solid team, but I do not think they will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Result: 11-5; Win NFC East (5-1 in the division)
Philadelphia Eagles (2009 – 11-5, 2nd place)
The Philadelphia Eagles come into the 2010 season with Kevin Kolb taking the reins of the team. There are a ton of question marks surrounding this team, but they may have the most talent in the division at the skilled positions. This team has too much ability for the Eagles to take a significant step back. The main concern has be the offensive line, but the return of center Jamal Jackson should help solidify the offensive line. This will surely be a roller coaster season that will have many highs and lows. However, if this team can get off to a fast start I expect them to contend for the division title. The division could very well end up coming down to the last game of the year against the Cowboys.
Result: 9-7; Wild Card Birth (3-3 in the division)
New York Giants (2009 – 8-8, 3rd Place)
The New York Giants got off to a hot start in the 2009 season going 5-0, but then struggled the rest of the season to finish at 8-8. The defense really struggled last year, but the Giants expect that to change this season. There are not many play makers on the offensive side of the ball, and I think the Giants will continue to show inconsistency this season. Even though the Giants spend their first 4 draft picks on the defensive side of the ball, I think this defense will continue to struggle. Until this defense gets back to that Super Bowl form, the Giants will be just an average team. This team is not a playoff team and they should consider it a successful year if they go .500.
Result: 7-9; Out of the playoffs (2-4 in the division)
Washington Redskins (2009 – 4-12, 4th Place)
Washington fans seem to believe that their season is heading towards a return to the playoffs. I got news for you; your team will struggle yet again. Sure the ‘Skins upgraded at the coaching and QB position, but that doesn’t cover up the other holes. Who knows if DT Albert Haynesworth will be there for much longer or if he will even show up in the games he suits up. The ‘Skins have a decent defense that should keep them in the games, but their offense will struggle. They do not have that go to WR and their RBs are on the down-slide. Yes they have McNabb who will make some plays over the season, but something tells me the ‘Skins fans will be screaming at the TV after they see how many erratic throws come out of McNabb’s hand. Overall, I think Washington improves in the win column, but they will be in for a long season and watching the playoffs from home.
Result: 5-11; Out of the playoffs (1-5 in the division)
For what it is worth, here are my other NFC Division winners:
NFC North – Green Bay Packers
NFC South – New Orleans Saints
NFC West – San Francisco 49ers