Now that i’m coming towards the end of my predictions for records for the season I find i’m arguing with myself more over the results and records of certain teams (Vikings on previous div, and the Redskins in this) as I get towards the end, they’re more and more automatic due to the results i’ve already done, so they may not be entirely what I think will happen to teams!
The NFC East is such a tough division on paper, with any of the 4 teams arguably capable of winning it, although it being hugely unlikely for the Eagles, who I can’t see finishing anywhere other than last.
The Dallas Cowboys knew they wouldn’t make it through the season with a fully healthy Tony Romo, however you can’t imagine they’d of thought he’d go down in pre-season, suffering a fractured vertebrae in pre-season, ruling him out for 6+ weeks, luckily for them they seem to have struck lucky with his deputy Dak Prescott, who has been massively impressive in pre-season, although he’s not come up against a proper defence, and has had the play book kept simple to help him. They drafted RB Ezekiel Elliott who couldn’t be happier with where he’s landed. He’ll be starting behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, and with him being touted as a true 3 down back, he could well run riot. They still have Dez Bryant at WR, and Cole Beasley isn’t awful in the slot, so they’ve got options all over on offence. Unfortunately their defence is a different matter, esepcially with half of them suspended for 4-10 games. The matches should at least be high scoring and exciting!
The New York Giants have he of the one handed catch, Odell Beckham Jnr, who last season proved he wasn’t a one season wonder, improving on all stats from his first season. The team have added rookie Sterling Shepherd opposite him, and he’s looked very good in pre-season, Victor Cruz looks like he might finally be ready to make a comeback as well, adding another option for the ever present Eli Manning, who did as he always does, finishing as a top 10 QB. Running back is still a mess for them with 3 competing for a start, although reportedly they may concentrate on Rashad Jennings this year. The team also spent a lot of money on improving their Defence, it will be interesting to see how they gel. The Giants lost a lot of leads in the final quarter last season, if they can stop that they will be the team to beat.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a bit of a state at the moment, desptie Sam Bradford being one of the highest paid QBs in the league, and signing Chase Daniel for a very decent sum, they moved up in the draft to take the promising Carson Wentz at Quarterback, leading Bradford to throw his toys out of the pram and try to engineer a move despite telling him that he’s the number one for the season. That didn’t happen so he’ll start behind centre for the season. On offence they picked up the hugely athletic, but seemingly slow-minded Dorial Green-Beckham who has been touted as a big talent for a season now, if he figures out how to learn plays he’ll be very dangerous. Jordan Matthews is still there, as is Nelson Agholar who has been making ripples. At RB they’ve got Ryan Matthews who’s pretty good, and Darren Sproles who is still going, as well as rookie Wendel Smallwood should there be any injuries. They’re defence is sneakily good and they will have to be to keep the Eagles afloat.
The Washington Redskins won the division last season with Kirk Cousins breaking out, and TE Jordan Reed staying fit for the majority of the season which he’s generally unable to do. They’ve added to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon with rookie Josh Doctson so have plenty of options on offence. They’re defence was bolstered with the signing of Josh Norman and he being opposite Bashaud Breeland gives them 2 very good defenders. The key to them will be whether Cousins can keep up his progress from last year, if he can there’s no reason they can’t go close at the top of the division.
Dallas Cowboys –
Giants – L, @Washington – L, Bears – W, @49ers – W, Bengals – L, @Packers – L, Bye, Eagles – W, @Browns – W, @Steelers – L, Ravens – W, Washington – W, @Vikings – L, @Giants – L, Tampa – W, Lions – W, @Eagles – L
New York Giants –
@Cowboys – W, Saints – W, Washington – L, @Vikings – L, Packers – L, Ravens – W, @LA – L, Bye, Eagles – W, Bengals – W, Bears – W, @Browns – W, @Steelers – L, Dallas – W, Lions – W, @Eagles – L, @Washington – W
Philadelphia Eagles –
Browns – L, @Bears – L, Steelers – L, Bye, @Lions – W, @Washington – L, @Cowboys – L, @Giants – L, Atlanta – W, @Seahawks – L, Packers – L, @Bengals – L, Washington – W, @Ravens – L, Giants – W, Dallas – W
Washington Redskins –
Steelers – W, Dallas – W, @Giants – W, Browns – W, Ravens – W, Eagles – W, @Lions – L, @Bengals – L, Bye, Vikings – W, Packers – W, @Dallas – L, @Cardinals – L, @Eagles – L, Carolina – W, @Bears – L, Giants – L