Balanced NFC East Presents Another Dogfight for Title
NFC – EAST
New York Giants – 10-7
Giants hope to build on last year’s improvement and look to the return of tailback Saquan Barkley to balance an offense directed by young talented Daniel Jones. Their offensive line may hold the key and must protect the three year passer. They have a potential explosive attack that added vets Kenny Golladay and TE Kyle Rudolph. The defense ranks in the top ten in the league behind DC Patrick Graham. DE Leonard Williams is a dominant diverse lineman while Mike man Blake Martinez is a savvy ball hawk who goes sideline to sideline. The secondary ranks among the best in the league. Look to DE Dexter Lawrence to breakout with a strong overall performance. This club needs a good start after repeated horrible recent early season performances. They can win the competitive East, though only in the offensive line steps up and shows weekly consistency.
Washington Redskins – 9-8
Skins added veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead this improved offense that has added a few playmakers recently. FitzMagic is a poised leader who makes big clutch plays with the game in the balance. Feature back Antonio Gibson is primed for a big season with more touches expected. Their offensive line adds two new starters and will be tested. Their defense has the makeup to rank with any unit in the league and added rookie backer Jamin Davis. Their front four can be dominant at times with edge rusher Chase Young one of the emerging superstars on the unit. Their secondary has improved further with the addition of veteran William Jackson. Skins close the season with five straight NFC East matchups that may determine any return to the playoffs.
Dallas Cowboys – 7-10
QB Dak Prescott returns from a serious ankle injury, in addition to a preseason persistent throwing shoulder problem that leaves key questions related to his durability. He is not among the top 10 starting QBs. Running back Ezekiel Elliot carries the load here and will be a marked man weekly. Their receiving corps is talented and arguably the best trio in the game in Cooper, Lamb and Gallup. Their once dominant offensive line returns LT Tyson Smith and guard Zach Martin. RT La’tel Collins struggles with hip and neck injuries that hinder him the first half of the season. Their average young defense needs to step up especially their front seven which struggled stopping the run and apply consistent pressure. A soft overall schedule helps with many East games late in the season, though this club has too many key questions at important positions to expect a postseason appearance. The most overrated team in the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles – 6-11
Eagles made major changes with the trade of former top pick Carson Wentz who will be replace by second year Jalen Hurts. He barely completed 50% of his passes last season with 6 TDs along with 4 interceptions. He is though, a quality scrambler who gives them an added dimension in that role. They have major questions along the line and at wideout that could create inconsistencies on offense. The defense has slipped from playoff levels. DT Fletcher Cox hopes to return to former levels while vet Brandon Graham looks to continue his career consistency. Eagles have the look of a rebuilding club especially with a tough first half schedule. They may have a huge roster turnover ahead with an expected poor 2021 showing.