NFL: Diving Into and Predicting the NFC East
Football season is right around the corner. For teams in the NFC East, it is an uphill climb. Last year’s division champion, the Dallas Cowboys are the proverbial creams of the crop. However, each NFL season is different. 2019 could see a new NFC East Champion. In saying that, let us take a look at the division and try to predict who will finish were in the open NFC East.
The Eagles made some strong changes to make the jump back into the NFC East conversation. They return a healthy Carson Wentz. To go along with Wentz, they added running back Jordan Howard. He will be the proverbial bell-cow back for the Eagles. However, Mike Sanders may have something to say about it.
On defense, the Eagles could be one of the strongest in the NFC East. I am still a bit skeptical about their secondary. Nonetheless, with their pass rush and run-stopping abilities, the secondary may not have to do much work.
The offense of the Dallas Cowboys got a key piece back when they reached an agreement with star RB Ezekiel Elliott. Zeke is the engine that makes that train run. Without him, Dak Prescott is not nearly the same QB. This team will battle for the NFC East title. Especially if the defense can stay healthy.
Speaking of the defense. They are led by a strong LB corps. Those LBs are led by Jaylon Smith. Smith was also recently paid for his talents. He along with Leighton Vander Esch team up to form one of the best groups in not one the NFC East but the NFL as well.
The Redskins are a team of question marks in the NFC East. They have one of the best defenses that they have assembled in some time. Although the defense can win championships, it will be how much they are the field that will determine where this team goes.
In saying that, the offense will have to control somethings for this team to be successful. There are major questions marks along the offensive front. Former New York Giants first-round pick, Ereck Flowers will start at left guard. Also, the team is missing All-Pro LT Trent Williams (at least for week one). If this unit can gel and the WRs can produce, the Washington Redskins will make some noise in the NFC East.
New York Giants
The main question for the Giants will be at QB. For now, the veteran Eli Manning will be the starter. However, knowing how well Daniel Jones played in the preseason, how short will the leash be? If Pat Shurmur had his way Jones would be starting already.
I feel that the defense will be the downfall of this team. The loss of Landon Collins and the youth across the front will end up costing this defense any chances in the NFC East in the long run.
The NFC East may only seem like a two-team race. Nonetheless, if the Redskins can get some work from their questionable offense they could make a surprise showing. The Giants are still a year or two away from contending in the division once again.
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