1. Dallas Cowboys– They surprised a lot of people in 2014 and finally played up to their potential. A great offensive line will give the entire team confidence and when he doesn’t throw the football over 40 times, Tony Romo is at his best. Despite not having Sean Lee in the line up, the defense handled its business. It will be a different look for Dallas on offense. DeMarco Murray is gone and he was a huge chunk of their offensive production. The NFC East will travel through the Cowboys as the season begins.
2. Philadelphia Eagles– Their offseason was a memorable one. LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin and Nick Foles are all gone and all three guys were big pieces to Chip Kelly’s offense. The Eagles traded McCoy to Buffalo for Kiko Alonso and Nick Foles was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford which bought up a lot of questions. In free agency, they did make a splash by signing free agent DeMarco Murray. With all that’s happened in Philly this offseason, it should be interesting to see how everything pans out.
3. New York Giants– When you don’t take care of the football, you won’t win games and that’s plain and simple. The only shining point of the Giants season in 2014 was Odell Beckham Jr. When Victor Cruz was lost for the season with a torn patella in his knee, he became Eli’s go to guy. Now that Cruz is back and hopefully he can come back to 100%, he and Beckham will be a wide receiver tandem to watch. A familiar face is back running the defense and that’s Steve Spagnuolo. This season will be decided by what Eli Manning we see. If he takes better care of the football, the Giants will be successful and win games.
4. Washington Redskins– This is the messiest franchise in all of football right now. Last year was a disaster under first year head coach Jay Gruden. They were in a majority of their games but could never find a way to close out and win. Robert Griffin III hasn’t been the same since his first knee injury and we all ask ourselves the same question: Will he ever return to the guy we saw in 2012 that led the Redskins to the NFC East division title?
1. Eagles (11-5)
2. Giants (10-6)
3. Cowboys (9-7)
4. Redskins (3-13)
The Philadelphia Eagles are my pick to win the NFC East. With a healthy Sam Bradford, this offense can move the ball down the field and even if Bradford does get injured, they have a veteran who flourished under Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme in Mark Sanchez. Kiko Alonso will be a key contributor to the Eagles defense along with Malcolm Jenkins patrolling the back end.