No one will be paying attention to football in the NFC East this season. Well, at least for the first 6 weeks. All eyes will be glued to the Ezekiel Elliot situation. Elliot has been suspended by the NFL for 6 games due to violation of the personal conduct policy. ‘Zeke’ as his friend calls him, has decided to appeal the suspension. The appeals process started Tuesday, and ahhh who cares!! Don’t be a bad guy, and you won’t get suspended. Anyway, let’s talk about the NFC East….
Last Season’s Standings:
Dallas Cowboys: 13-3
New York Giants: 11-5
Washington Redskins: 8-7-1
Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9
You know how this works by now. Worst-to-first….
Expect regression. Yes, their offensive line is pretty good. Yes, Carson Wentz has a few new weapons to play with. Yes, they still have ugly uniforms. But that doesn’t mean they’re going to be good this year. I don’t think Wentz is going to be an elite quarterback. Their defense is nothing to write home about. And expect to be extremely disappointed with their latest running back acquisition, LaGarrette Blount. He will be the bust of the year. And the Eagles will call 4th place in the NFC East home. Sorry Philly. Beautiful city. Amazing cheese steaks. Bad football team.
Key Additions: Alshon Jeffrey, Jordan Matthews (Trade), LaGarette Blount
Key Losses: Bennie Logan, Conor Barwin, Leodis McKelvin
The Washington Redskins seem to be stuck in purgatory. Never good enough to make a run in the playoffs, but never bad enough to get the top pick in the NFL Draft. After an offseason of playing hardball with their own quarterback (smart!), the Redskins can look forward to another season of average. They will be the definition of average this season. Like last year, they will have a good passing attack, but their running game will plod it’s way down the field. Outside of their left tackle (Trent Williams), their offensive line is not very good, and their defense is eh.
Key Additions: Terrelle Pryor, D.J. Swearinger, Brian Quick
Key Losses: Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Kory Lichtensteiger
Last season was no Tony Romo, no problem. This year it’ll be No Ezekiel Elliot, big problem. Listen, their offensive line is so good I could run for 1,000 yards back there, but potentially missing Elliot for 6 games is not a recipe for success. No matter how many games Elliot plays this season, expect regression across the board. Last season’s record of 13-3 (2 of their losses coming by way of the Giants) was the result of a perfect storm. Their defense will take a BIG step back this season. While they will make the playoffs this year, I don’t see an NFC East Division Title in their near future.
Key Additions: Nolan Carroll, Stephen Paea, Taco Charlton (Draft)
Key Losses: Ronald Leary, Brandon Carr, Rolando McClain
New York Giants
The New York Giants are always an interesting team, right?? They have spectacular regular season’s, and fall short of expectations. And then they turn around and run the table, as an underdog, twice. All while simultaneously having stability. Curious, isn’t it?? I expect the former this season. They will have a very good regular season en route to their 9th NFC East Division Title, but they’ll lose in the 1st round of the playoffs. Pencil in more of the same from Eli Manning, decent numbers with too many turnovers. Their running game will be bad, but their defense will be top-10 in the league.
Oh, and expect to see Eli Manning on his back more than you’re accustomed. This offensive line is REALLY BAD!!
Key Additions: Brandon Marshall, Rhett Ellison, Evan Engram (Draft)
Key Losses: Ronald Leary, Johnathan Hankins, Rashad Jennings, Marshall Newhouse
This Season’s Predictions:
New York Giants: 10-6
Dallas Cowboys: 9-7
Washington Redskins: 7-9
Philadelphia Eagles: 6-10
This is a well-balanced, healthy, nutritious meal. No, this is a well-balanced division. Expect entertaining football when the NFC East is on TV.
Who do you think will win the NFC East?? If you have a different opinion than me, you’re wrong, but you can still post it in the comment section below.
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