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NFC East Preview

We know pretty much everything there is to know about the Giants, but what about the three other teams in their division? The Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins are all full of intrigue. We’ll preview those teams today, focusing solely on the Giants later in the week.

EAGLES:

Well, they were busy this offseason. Nnamdi Asomugh, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Ronnie Brown, Vince Young, Steve Smith. These new players add to a core that went to the playoffs last year. Scary? You bet. Are they perfect? Nowhere close. Despite being stocked at several positions, the Eagles have question marks at others. The offensive line is young, starting two rookies. Protecting Mike Vick is paramount. He’s an injury prone QB, and they traded their backup to Arizona. Their linebackers are untested, and will have to make up for the loss of Stewart Bradley with rookie Casey Matthews. They lost safety Quintin Mikell to the Rams. So there are question marks. That said, this team is still very, very talented. Mike Vick is the most exciting QB in football. LeSean McCoy is a stud and primed for a huge year. DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith are a dangerous trio at receiver, and tight end Brent Celek just adds to that. On defense, Jason Babin will pair with stud Trent Cole, former first round pick Brandon Graham, who showed flashes before he was hurt last year, and Cullen Jenkins. At corner, they have three number ones. Nnamdi Asomugh might be the best corner in football. Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie and Asante Samuel aren’t too bad either. Nate Allen will look to follow up a promising rookie season. This is a very, very good team. Top notch. They have questions, and how they answer those questions will go a long way towards determining how far they go in the playoffs. At the very least, this is an 11-5 team, with the potential to go 14-2 and end up in the Super Bowl.

COWBOYS:

The Cowboys are flying under the radar, which is very unusual. But it might work out well for them. Jason Garrett is not on the hot seat, and looks to be a great coach. Tony Romo is healthy, and he has Dez Bryan, Jason Witten and Miles Austin to throw to. Felix Jones and Tashard Choice form a potent duo in the backfield. They still have the best defensive player in football, DeMarcus Ware, someone who might be one of the best of all time.  Jay Ratliff is as good as nose tackle as there is. Anthony Spencer is a good bookend across from Ware. The secondary is still an issue for me, as is the offensive line, which has to replace Andre Gurorde and Leonard Davis. When I look at the Cowboys, I see 9-7 or 10-6. A lot will depend on the secondary. If they can shape up, and they do have talent, this could be a playoff team.

REDSKINS:

I can’t get a read on the Redskins. Decent defense. Brian Orakpo is a stud. Good running game. Tim Hightower will flourish in Mike Shanahan’s offense. Those are two factors to success. Rex Grossman doesn’t exactly put fear into the heart of defenders. They have no one to throw to, except for Chris Cooley. This offense will have to rely on the running game, which opposing defenses will key on, forcing Beck or Grossman to throw. It’s an issue. The Redskins could be really awful this year. Their defense could steal a game or two, but this is a 4-12 team.

The Giants fit in somewhere between the Eagles and Cowboys, but we’ll preview them later this week.


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3 Responses to “NFC East Preview”

  1. David says:

    Be careful not to overate these eagles! Too many new faces with very little time to assimilate. You guys should be smarter than that!

  2. Jared says:

    Eagles are 10-6 at the most. This is the Eagles were talking about here. I live in Eagle country and even their fans know this team is about to choke on their own hype!

  3. Mike A says:

    Yes the Eagles will struggle in the beginning of the season, but hopefully they won’t gel and catch fire towards the end. Or JT breaks Vick’s arm

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