And so we begin! Training camps are off, and alas, it’s going to be another tough year predicting the NFC East. So here I am, ready to give my best effort!
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Signing Mark Sanchez puts this team over the edge to instant Super Bowl contenders. Joking, but all joking aside, the division winners from a year ago are likely headed towards the same result once again. There most notable signing, outside of Mark Sanchez, was safety Malcolm Jenkins who’s started 54 games in the past 4 seasons. That’s 13.5 games per season, fairly durable. He was second all-pro team in 2010, his most notable award, but sures up a Philly defense that, according to oddsshark.com, ranked below league average. Philly also got versatile Mr. Do everything, Darren Sproles from New Orleans. Sproles can literally do it all. He’s a dangerous, dangerous player in the return game, running attack and can play out wide like a wide receiver and catch countless passes. Those passes, coming from 2013 standout, Nick Foles. Foles had one of the better QB seasons of recent years throwing 27 touchdowns and a measly 2 interceptions. Coming off that great season, Foles will be without his favorite target, DeSean Jackson, who took his talents to Washington. Foles and D-Jack connected on over 70% of passes thrown, and now the Eagles are looking to fill that void. With a healthy Jeremy Maclin returning, along with the resigning of Riley Cooper, the Eagles still have a potent air attack. Shady McCoy, in some peoples eyes may be the best back in the league, and has the numbers to prove it over the past couple seasons. It’s year 2 in the Chip Kelly system, and I believe Chip will be 2 for 2 in division titles by the end of the season.
- Record Prediction: 10-6
- Offensive MVP: LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy
- Defensive MVP: Mychal Kendricks
2. New York Giants
Giants fans are in for a ton of new faces offensively, defensively and on special teams. Giants GM Jerry Reese didn’t get shorted on off-season signings and that’s for sure as he signed well over 15 players that will all contribute this upcoming season. Along with player signings, Big Blue brought in a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, former Green Bay Packers QB coach. McAdoo has brought in the West Coast Offense to East Rutherford, New Jersey and seems to be very exciting. New Giants starting running-back Rashad Jennings said the G-Men could run the entire offense with no huddle. The key to the offense, no matter a new running-back in the aforementioned Jennings, or rookie wide-receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants offense will rely heavily on two things; Eli Manning and the offensive line blocking for him. One of the worst lines a year ago, the G-Men have a few new starters up front and they’re the key to helping Eli get back on track. But, the bread and butter as it seems headed into preseason shortly, is the New York Giants secondary. The Giants brought back ball-hawk safety, Stevie Brown, acquired safety and return man Will Demps and two notable corners in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond. The Giants now have one of the better secondaries in the entire NFL, but it’s definitely going to be needed during their divisional games with each team having impressive wide-out cores.
- Record Prediction: 9-7
- Offensive MVP: Victor Cruz
- Defensive MVP: Prince Amukamara
3. Washington Redskins
We could go on for days about RG3, is he okay? Is he ever going to perform like he did his rookie year again? and so on and so forth. But the weapons around him are completely in place, so we might find out how good Robert Griffin III really is. New acquisition DeSean Jackson adds to the firepower of Pierre Garcon, Alfred Morris, Jordan Reed and company. One of the more potent offenses in the entire league you’d think are going to put up points. The question about the Redskins will be about their defense. Long time captain and middle linebacker London Fletcher is gone (retired) so now this has become Brian Orakpo’s defense. He and DeAngelo Hall are their 2 clear cut best defenders and they’re going to have to be defensive standouts if Washington hopes to compete for a division in 2014. Will they still be the Redskins by seasons start? I believe so, but that remains to be seen.
- Record Prediction: 8-8
- Offensive MVP: Alfred Morris
- Defensive MVP: Brian Orakpo
4. Dallas Cowboys
It could be a really long season in Jerry World. We could see a head coach firing midway through the season in Dallas. Everything Dallas does, Tony Romo will be in the spotlight, good or bad. That being said, this season, it shouldn’t be. The Dallas defense is not going to be very good by any means. They lost there 2 best defensive players, DeMarcus Ware via free agency, and Sean Lee to a season ending injury. The 6th worst defense in the NFL from a year ago, with Ware and Lee for part of the season, isn’t going to improve by losing 2 all-pro players on that side of the ball. Their offense, on the other hand, is going to be just fine. Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams is a very nice 1-2 punch for Romo to throw too, along with Mr. Consistency, Jason Witten. I don’t expect Jason Garrett to make it through the entire season the head football coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
- Record Prediction: 6-10
- Offensive MVP: Tony Romo
- Defensive MVP: Brandon Carr