Every year, there’s always one division in the NFL that we just look at and laugh and shake our heads in disgust somewhat. Last year, that was the NFC South. The Panthers won the division and got into the playoffs with a 7-8-1 record. In 2010, the Seahawks won the NFC West with a 7-9 mark and they went on to win a playoff game against the than defending champion Saints and the Chargers in 2008 won the AFC West and defeating the Colts in the playoffs with an 8-8 record. The NFC East, a division that has been considered to be the most unpredictable in all of the NFL has joined that list of divisions to simply laugh at. Here’s a break down of all four team and who I think will end up winning this division.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)- They’ve been so inconsistent all year-long. I was starting to get tired of making passes for Sam Bradford but as the season has gone along, he’s looked more comfortable within the system that Chip Kelly wants to run. After giving up 45 points in back to back games, the Eagles stunned us all and went up to Foxborough and beat the Patriots. They dominated on defense as they rebounded from a horrendous performance in Detroit and got a lot of pressure on Brady, intercepted him twice including a pick six for 100 yards and their special teams unit made all the difference. They have a he game with a familiar face coming back to town on Sunday and that’s LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills.
2. New York Giants (5-7)- I can never figure this team out. They got off to an 0-2 start and after three straight victories, it looked as if they were turning the page and they’d look to beat in the division. I don’t trust the Giants, plain and simple. The defense is too up and down, the pass rush is inconsistent and the offense can’t take care of the football and when it comes to clock management, the Giants are by far the worst. They’ve blown four leads in the fourth quarter alone and all those games could have been wins and we’d be talking about them on top of the division and in complete control. These next four games won’t be easy. Miami next Monday night, the Vikings, Panthers and a showdown with the Eagles potentially for the division.
3. Washington Redskins (5-7)- When you take a really look at it all, this has been the most consistent team in the division and I don’t say that with confidence. Coming into the season, there were so many questions about their decision on not starting a healthy Robert Griffin III. Jay Gruden took a lot of heat for it and decided to go with Kirk Cousins and he hasn’t been too bad. He’s got them in a position that nobody thought the Redskins would be in at this point of the season. They lost a heartbreaker on Monday night to the Cowboys and had they won that game, they would in first place all alone.
4. Dallas Cowboys (4-8)- I think everybody has a new-found appreciation for Tony Romo. He truly is the heart and soul of this team. Without him, they’re a complete mess. They lost seven games in a row before he came back and unfortunately, he got hurt again and is out for the year. Despite all of that, the Cowboys are one game out of first place in the NFC East which is absolutely remarkable to even think about. That just goes to show you how bad this division truly is. They won a huge game in D.C. the other night and they face the Packers at Lambeau on Sunday, a playoff rematch.
I think the Eagles will win this division. I feel they have a lot of confidence to the point where they can beat anybody at anytime, no matter the location. You can consider their win in New England to be the turning point of their season. If Bradford just plays his own game, the receivers are all on the same page and the defense can hold its own, this division will belong to the Eagles.