How They Finished
1. Washington Redskins (8-8)-They were the laughingstock of the NFL heading into the 2015 season. Jay Gruden made a very bold decision by making Kirk Cousins the starter and benching Robert Griffin III. In a division where it’s very unpredictable and up and down, they surprised everybody and won the NFC East for the first time since 2012, RGIII’s rookie year. Cousins was consistent for most of the season, Alfred Morris was healthy and Jordan Reed was Kirk’s go to guy all season long.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)- What an offseason they had in 2015. Chip Kelly traded away LeSean McCoy to the Bills, traded Nick Foles to the Rams for a guy in Sam Bradford, they decide not to bring Maclin back and they signed DeMarco Murray from the Dallas Cowboys in free agency, it just all had to go their way, right? Wrong! The Eagles were the definition of inconsistent all year-long. They couldn’t get anything going and Murray looked lost all season after putting together the best year of his career in 2014. The defense struggled and Chip Kelly didn’t even make it to the season finale as the Eagles fired him prior to their week 17 showdown with the Giants. This is going to be a very interesting offseason for the Eagles.
3. New York Giants (6-10)- They’ve missed the playoffs for the last four seasons, would this be the year they snap that streak? The Giants started the season with a 0-2 mark and losing both games in heartbreaking fashion. This would haunt them all season long, not being able to close games out. Odell Beckham picked up where he left off in his rookie season and the Giants offense handled its business put the team in many good positions to win games. It was the defense that struggled and horrible clock management also hurt the Giants. Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons as head coach and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was promoted to head coach.
4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12)- They were the clear favorites to win the division and potentially take that next step. when Tony Romo doesn’t have to do everything, this is a very good Cowboys team. They won their first two games of the season but lost two very key pieces to their offense. Dez Bryant broke his foot in week one and then the following week, Tony Romo broke his collarbone. After their victory in Philly, the Cowboys dropped seven straight games and were sitting at the bottom of the division they ran just a year ago. Romo would eventually get hurt again as he injured that same collarbone and was done for the year. A down year in JerryWorld and I think we’ve all come to appreciate Tony Romo a bit more. He’s extremely valuable to that Cowboys offense. They simply looked lost without him.