NFC East Predictions

What is traditionally known as the toughest division to win in football is no different this year as the NFC East contains: the defending Superbowl champion, two talented teams who have many key players in their prime all at once, and a young quarterback who has the D.C. area waiting to see what highlights he canprovide.

The writers here at Athlete’s Angle have a good idea of how the division will play out. Read their thoughts then give us yours!

The Dallas Cowboys

Travis: 

Record: 9-7

The drama seems to have already started in big “D”. They will be in a lot of tight games this year but a lack of clutch plays will drop them one game shy of the playoffs.

Ryan:

Record: 10-6

The Cowboys much improved secondary was the last piece to this puzzle for them to have success this season. They have all the weapons in the world on offense and what I would call an above-average quarterback. Romo hasn’t hit elite status yet but may do so this season.

Dallas Mac:

Record: 11-5

A team full of stars that has lacked talent in the trenches recently is gearing up for a big push led by Tony Romo on O and Demarcus Ware on D.  Romo has as many weapons as any quarterback in the NFL with Dez Bryant and Miles Austin out wide, DeMarco Murray behind him and the steady veteran performance of Jason Witten at TE.

Rob Ryan’s defence has followed the lead of his brother and has brought in one of the most promising CB combos in the league with Brandon Carr coming over from Kansas City and the trade up for the consensus top CB in the draft out of LSU, Morris Claiborne.  Demarcus Ware will be free to run loose after the QB knowing that there will be some semblance of coverage behind him.

Jay: 

Record: 7-9

Jerry Jones has built the classic ‘all sizzle, no steak’ roster. Tony Romo is their ‘elite’ quarterback that hasn’t won a playoff game. Their defense is not any better than last year. Unfortunately, its another mediocre year for America’s team. This team needs to be blown up. Badly.

Philadelphia Eagles

Travis:

Record: 10-6

The Eagles finally put everything together, kinda. I think their strong D will be matched by a dynamic offense which consists of McCoy, Maclin, Jackson and Celek. They still only finish 10-6 due to a hot and cold play throughout the season.

Ryan:

Record: 8-8

Last year’s highly talented free agency assembled team failed horribly at reaching their lofty expectations after Vince Young dubbed them the “dream team.” The Eagles will show flashes of greatness throughout the year but this team still has far too many holes in it to take control of the best division in football.

Dallas Mac:

Record: 8-8

This team is defined by the its outstanding athleticism and by the unpredictability that these players exhibit.  There is nobody this is more true for than Michael Vick who alternates between sheer brilliance, big-time mistakes, and spending games dressed in street clothes.  Vick is surrounded by the jaw dropping ability of Lesean Mccoy, Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who are always one step away from a big play.

The Eagles D is also defined by the strength of its defensive line which lacks the star power of the Giants line but nearly makes up for it in overall quality depth.  The defensive backfield of the Eagles is laden with big names that need to return to the level that provided past glory.

Jay:

Record: 10-6

Just pencil them in for the division win. Their defense is top notch. They have the league’s best pass rush (sorry Giants fans) and a full training camp with Vick at the helm? Success. Michael Vick will play 13 games and shock the league. This paragraph was slightly biased. However, check the statistics. The Eagles finished 5-1 down the stretch and that usually translates to success the following season.

Washington Redskins

Travis:

Record: 6-10

The Skins will be better this season with RG III at the helm, but not that much better. They could win 8 games at most, but playoffs are a pipe dream at this point. Look for another piece added at next year’s draft and this could be a division contending team in 2013.

Ryan:

Record: 8-8

Coach Shannahan has the quarterback of his dreams in Robert Griffin III(RG3). He knew it months ago and traded four draft picks to get him. Every time Shannahan has had success in his career it has been with a mobile quarterback. Elway was surprisingly good with his legs and Jake Plummer had way more success than anyone anticipated.  RG3 is super mobile but far more accurate of a deep ball passer than Plummer ever was. RG3 will spark the Skins into contention this year but will fade late.

Dallas Mac:

Record: 6-10

Washington Redskins- All the hopes in the American capitol lay on the reigning Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III who brings with him high expectations after leading Baylor to heights not seen recently.  The rest of the Redskins  leave a little to be desired with big name pedigrees that they have struggled to leave up to.

Jay:

Record: 6-10

Robert Griffin III will have a successful rookie year. Unfortunately, he will have to make plays outside the pocket because the offensive line may not acclimate themselves to an athletic quarterback. Also, they are one tweaked knee away from RG III and out (Rex Grossman). The fog is starting to clear out of Washington. Redskins fans may start appearing out of the woodwork this year. That low, metallic grumble you hear is the Redskins bandwagon being turned over for the first time in years.

 New York Giants

Travis:

Record: 9-7

The defending champs are actually a better team on paper this season but their division is filled with parity which will result in a 9 win season. However, they squeak into the playoffs.

Ryan:

Record: 6-10

The Giants have Super Bowl hangover and take a big step back this year. Far too much change to their O-line, receivers, and backfield leads to inconsistency on offense. Even with Eli at the helm this team will never get quite on track this year and struggle mightily. Watch out for the Giants in 2013 however.

Dallas Mac:

Record: 9-7

The Giants never seem flashy or overly talented even though they have won 2 Superbowls in the last 5 years.  Eli Manning is back to quietly lead this team with David Wilson replacing the lumbering power of Brandon Jacobs and teaming with Ahmad Bradshaw who quietly gets the job done every week.  The true strength of the Giants recently has been the extreme talent of the defensive line that seems like it could create pro-bowlers out of the backups.  Tom Coughlin always seems to have his teams ready to play hard, and they always play their hardest when it counts.

Jay:

Record: 9-7

When do they call for Coughlin’s head? Week 5? Nicks is banged up, no Manningham, and the only remaining member of Earth, Wind, and Fire is Ahmad Bradshaw. This will be a Super Bowl hangover that will last for weeks. They will play the second half quite well and contend for the division. Unfortunately, they will fall just short.

Agree or disagree we would love to hear your thoughts!

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