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NFL Preview: NFC East

The reigning Super Bowl champs add an MVP-caliber QB, the only thing more impressive than the explosiveness of the Cowboys’ offense is the ineptitude of their defense, Ben McAdoo has a new haircut, and the Skins stink. The obvious choice to win the East is Philly, but are they a sure thing?

Last but not least, we head to the NFC East.  

2017 Standings

  1. Philadelphia 13-3
  2. Dallas 9-7
  3. Washington 7-9
  4. New York 3-13

The reigning Super Bowl Champs reside atop the NFC East. Philadelphia made one of the most improbable playoff runs in the history of the NFL behind backup quarterback Nick Foles to raise the Lombardi Trophy. The Cowboys saw their star running back sit out six games and, in turn, missed the playoffs. The Redskins underperformed under hot-seat head coach Jay Gruden, then let quarterback Kirk Cousins walk. The Giants had an all-time bad year under Ben McAdoo and his new haircut. McAdoo went from the middle school science teacher who hadn’t really thought about looking in a mirror except to study light patterns, to a made man who suddenly found his Italian lineage after spending 3 months tracing his family tree on ancestry.com. The Giants weren’t ready for that type of transformation. They picked up Saquon Barkley at #3 overall, and that’s a running game transformation that they should be able to get behind.

Dallas Cowboys

Key Addition: Rico Gathers

You read that correctly. The former Baylor power forward is my key addition–not Allen Hurns, not Tavon Austin.  Jason Witten retired and Dez Bryant was cut loose. The Big D is looking for somebody to step up and I’m looking at you, Rico. Gathers hasn’t played a snap in a regular season football match, but I. Do. Not. Care. Please Rico, make me right.

Eye Test: Lasik Needed

The vision might be a little blurry at the moment, but post-surgery Dallas will be a force. The Cowboys are ready. Dak and Zeke will move past disappointing sophomore campaigns and that dominant Dallas O-line will move mountains, and soar past Eagles. Can the defense keep up with an offense that is poised for another breakout season? We can only watch and see.

Prediction11-5

Philadelphia Eagles

Key Addition: Dallas Goedert

It’s weird that Philly’s key addition is Dallas, but it’s true. The Super Bowl Champs head into the 2018 season with a QB fresh off a season-ending injury and without Super Bowl hero Trey Burton occupying the second TE position. Philly uses TE’s as much as anyone in the league, even to roll out and throw, and rookie Goedert has all the makings of a solid fill-in for the departed Brent Celek and Burton.

Eye Test: 20/30

Not perfect vision, but good enough to see a little without the help of contacts or glasses. But is that enough to make another run at the Super Bowl? I think not. Carson Wentz was having an MVP-type year before he went down, and Big Dick Nick stepped in and showed us why he was heavily sought after several years ago. However, Wentz isn’t going to be the MVP candidate he was before the injury, and Nick is going to sink right back into his seat on the bench.

Prediction10-6

New York Giants

Key Addition: Saquon Barkley

His thighs are something of legend. I cannot even fathom trying to tackle those things. And he’s fast?! I would have taken Barkley with the first overall pick, but the Browns gonna Brown and he fell to the Giants. Lucky them. Mark my words, Barkley will surpass Zeke’s numbers from his rookie campaign two short years ago, but it won’t be enough to turn around the sinking ship that is Eli Manning.

Eye Test: Cataracts

Because Eli is old, and the Giants will never win with him behind center.

Prediction: 7-9

Washington R-Words

Key Addition: Nobody

Eye Test: Blind

They suck, and still can’t see that the name they put in the end zone is a damn shame. Prediction, 0-16.

Prediction0-16

 

NFC Playoff Picture

  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Los Angeles Rams
  5. Atlanta Falcons
  6. Minnesota Vikings
NFC WILDCARD

SAINTS > Vikings

FALCONS > Rams

NFC DIVISIONAL

PACKERS > Falcons

SAINTS > Cowboys

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP

PACKERS > Saints

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