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NFL Divisional Preview: NFC East

The NFC East is set to be one of the most competitive divisions from top to bottom. Most divisions allow for experts to predict 1-4 with quite a bit of confidence. The NFC is a different story. While the Philadelphia Eagles are the favorite to win the division, it’s certainly not a lock. Same thing with the bottom of the division, while Washington was there a season ago, but it appears they will be storming back this season. Dallas and New York have the pieces to put the puzzle together and make a run at the division. It should make for an exciting 17 weeks of NFC East football.

The Eagles are the defending divisional champions and welcome Nick Foles back behind center. Many are projecting LeSean McCoy to be the leader in rushing yards this season. Chip Kelly lost DeSean Jackson to his speedy offensive crew, but it appears he still has plenty of weapons available. The Eagles led the NFL with 160 rushing yards per game a season ago. The New York Giants are looking to snap their two year playoff streak; after going 7-9 a season ago. Tom Coughlin appears to be on the hot seat for the first time as the head man. The Giants averaged just 83 yards per game a year ago, but are hoping for a much better return from Andre Brown this season. New York drafted Odell Beckham Jr from Ohio State, in an effort to give Victor Cruz and Eli Manning some help in the passing game.

For the Dallas Cowboys, once again the heavy load will be on quarterback Tony Romo. With Sean Lee out and now Orlando Scandrick missing the first four games, many wonder how Dallas will be able to stop teams. The Cowboys gave up over 400 yards per game a season ago, and have a schedule that won’t help causes this season. Dallas went and picked up offensive tackle Zack Martin from Notre Dame in an effort to help keep Romo upright. Lastly, Robert Griffin III will look to pick it up in his third season in the league. After a great rookie season, Griffin III fell short a season ago, and was injured often. The Redskins were the fifth best rushing team a season ago, in large part to the monstrous season from Alfred Morris. Washington has a favorable schedule; especially early, so look for them to play a big role in the divisional crown chase.

A few of the big non divisional and divisional games within the NFC East include: New York opens with a tough test at the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. The Giants host Indianapolis November 3rd and San Francisco on November 16th. Philadelphia opens at home with Jacksonville, and then follow that up with a road game at Indianapolis. The Eagles will take a trip to San Francisco at the end of September, and host Seattle the first week of December. For Dallas, they will host San Francisco in Week 1. They have road games at St. Louis, Seattle and Chicago spread throughout the season. Lastly, Washington opens at Houston and with Jacksonville, giving them a chance to start hot. The Redskins face Seattle and St. Louis at home, but have road games at the 49ers and Colts back-to-back in November.

 

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