NFC East predictions

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The NFC East is one of the toughest divisions to predict. You can make a good case for each of the four teams. Our best guess is that in a tight race we’ll take the two teams with the most stable environments.

1) Washington Redskins – 10-6

This team would be our super bowl pick if the quarterback situation wasn’t such a mess. Nevertheless there’s a lot to like about this team. Clinton Portis should thrive in Al Saunders new offensive system. The additions of Brandon Lloyd and Randle El should open things up on offense. The entire o-line returns and Chris Cooley can do a decent Tony Gonzales impersonation. On defense they added pass rusher Andre Carter and blitzing safety Adam Archuletta, both of whom should fit in nicely in Gregg Williams blitz packages. Did I mention they have no quarterback?

2) Philadephia Eagles – 10-6

The Eagles did a nice job rebuiding their defensive line. The additions of Broderic Bunkley and Darren Howard should help return the defense to a top tier unit. We don’t understand why the Eagles did not do more to pick up another wide reciever but a healthy and motivated McNabb, plus LJ Smith, Westbrook and a good offensive line should be able to do enough to win ten games.

3) Dallas Cowboys – 8-8

We like what Parcells has done with his defense, converting to a 3-4 and moving Greg Ellis to outside linebacker along with Demarcus Ware. Our question marks are on offense where we worry about the offensive line’s ability to protect Drew Bledsoe and Drew Bledsoe’s ability to make sound decisions when he is pressured in the pocket. Dallas also does not have the luxury of having a go-to running back who can grind out 100 yards when needed. TO will have a good year but it won’t be enough to return the Cowboys to the playoffs.

4) New York Giants – 5-11

The talent on this team is considerable but we have an eerie feeling that this team will underachieve. Our prediction is they get off to a tough start after an opening set of games that include the Colts, @Eagles, @Seahawks, and Redskins and that the players turn on Tom Coughlin. Does any player have more pressure on him this year then Eli Manning?

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