NFL: NFC East Team Previews and Predictions
It’s that time of the year. The part of the year when everyone is undefeated. The time of the year when every has high hopes. The time of the year when you finally get your fix on NFL Football. This week, I’ll be going through every division in the NFC to give my predictions on who will be winning the divisions and making the playoffs. It should be another tough grueling year as a team will get their shot at the Patriots. So, without further ado, let’s get right to the NFC East Divisional Predictions.
The obvious thing to talk about will be Ezekiel Elliott probably missing the 1st 6 games of the year. They still do have Darren McFadden to pick up the slack, but I think their biggest loss will be the loss of Doug Free. The Cowboys are known for having the best offensive line in the league and without Free at RT, I think that’s a crown they will be giving up. They are still very good, but in my opinion, not as good as previous years.
Their defense will be dependent on the type of pass rush they can create. They will be getting Jaylon Smith back at LB, but losing 3/4ths of their secondary could be an issue. They drafted Taco Charlton and Chidobe Awuzie, but it’s always tough to depend on rookies. I would say they have more overall talent, but the production may not be there early.
Record Last Year 13-3
Vegas Win Line 9.5
My Prediction 11-5
New York Giants
The Giants lost Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings, but with how they played last year, that’s a plus. The signing of Brandon Marshall and the drafting of Evan Engram will both be upgrades. Paul Perkins will handle the ball in the backfield. No matter how much they have improved their skilled position players, this team’s offense will come down to the offensive line. They have issues at both tackle spots and RG. If they moved Ereck Flowers to RT, that would solve 1 spot. Without the line being fixed, they will always be susceptible against good defensive lines.
After having a great year and a top 5 defense, the Giants return almost everyone on that side of the ball. Landon Collins had a defensive MVP type of year and he will once again lead the defense. Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon will generate the pass rush once again. They could use some depth, but as far as starters are concerned, this team is set on this side of the ball. The offense just has to find a way to not keep the defense on the field too long like in the playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
Record Last Year 11-5
Vegas Win Line 8.5
My Prediction 10-6
Carson Wentz will start year 2 of his career. There is a lot of high hopes for Wentz to take another step forward. I was one that was not high on Wentz when he was drafted. I still think he has a ways to go, but the Eagles have a good line, a solid running game, and Alshon Jeffery is a big target on the outside. Their offense is setup up to be good and with added experience to Wentz, he should be better in the red zone. I think they are a year, and another good WR away. With them sending away Jordan Matthews, they need to re-sign Jeffery.
Derek Barnett is very underrated and in my opinion, will have a huge impact on their defensive line. By trading Matthews, they got back a legit top 10-15 CB in Ronald Darby. Cornerback was one of their biggest weaknesses and between Darby, and the drafting of Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas, it may now be a strength. It’s going to be fun watching Barnett join Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox on that line with those new guys in the secondary.
Record Last Year 7-9
Vegas Win Line 8.5
My Prediction 7-9
The one thing that will hover over the Redskins this entire year is the Kirk Cousins situation. The Skins have backed themselves into a corner and now have run out of what little leverage they have. They can’t franchise Cousins again because it would cost in the range of 35 million. It looks like they could lose him for nothing. And with that, I haven’t even gotten to them losing Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. They did sign Terrelle Pryor, but they are the 1st team to lose 2 1000 yard WRs in the same year. That’s a lot of production to make up for.
There was nothing hiding what the Redskins target was in the draft. Defense, defense, defense. They drafted Jonathan Allen in round 1 to add to their line, then his college teammate, Ryan Anderson to add to the pass rush of their LB group. If that wasn’t enough, they went defense again in round 3 and took Fabian Moreau to play in the secondary. Their defense ranked 28th last year and they have made it obvious that the same will not be accepted in 2017.
Record Last Year 8-7-1
Vegas Win Line 7.5
My Prediction 7-9
Despite the Cowboys losing Zeke, I still expect them to edge out the Giants for the division title. I question the Giants offensive line too much. The Eagles have the offensive line, but they are very young on defense. The Redskins have too many moving parts and too many distractions for me. Will the Dallas Cowboys finally win a playoff game? You’ll have to check back in when I write my Playoffs and Superbowl prediction article. Till then, enjoy the games.