The NFC East is usually a dog fight, and this season is going to be no different, as the four teams all look like they have a legit shot to win the division and possibly make noise in the postseason.
The injury to Dallas QB Tony Romo puts a twist on the division, but it also opens the door for rookie Dak Prescott to step up. So with that, here’s our predictions for the NFC East in 2016.
1. Washington Redskins (9-7)
I’m still not sure if the Redskins will be able to be better than a season ago, but two players who interest me is QB Kirk Cousins in his second year as the runaway starter, and RB Matt Jones, who gets a shot to be THE guy with Alfred Morris now in Dallas. DeSean Jackson is the leading wide out, and Jordan Reed is a threat at TE. The addition of Josh Norman to the defense could make them even more of a stingy unit. Overall, they are slightly the best team in the division.
2. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Let’s see what their two new offensive playmakers, Zeke Elliott and Dak Prescott can do, and if this Cowboys team otherwise can finally stay healthy. They still have Dez Bryant, and on defense they need to be able to close out games better. They could swap spots with Washington if they play well in the division, including a sweep of the Skins. Again, the health of this team long term is the biggest key to Dallas’ success.
3. Philadelphia (6-10)
This team is ugly on paper with a bunch of QB’s including rookie Carson Wentz, and a number of playmakers who mostly have never lived up to their potential. Linebacking is a major issue for the Eagles on defense, and overall I don’t know how this team is going to be able to match up as they play the tough AFC North in 2016. Look for a learning season under new coach Doug Pederson.
4. New York Giants (5-11)
The G-Men have a new coach in Ben McAdoo, and he will have his work cut out for him in year one in the biggest media market in America. The Giants had a tough 2015, and things won’t get any better this season. Eli is getting older and while he did shine in moments in 2015, I don’t see how that offensive line is going to be able to give Manning enough time to throw, and also establish a run game. Look for a rough season in New York.