We’re back with another Divisional Prediction. Today, we’re diving into the historical NFC East. The NFC East is the only division whose teams have all won a Super Bowl. As a matter of fact, the NFC has been the league’s most successful division since the 1970 merger with 21 NFC Championship victories and 13 Super Bowl titles. Check out our AFC North, AFC South and NFC South Predictions for the 2018 Season.
Without further history lessons, let’s begin. Remember folks, this is only a prediction.
Washington Redskins (2-14)
Now, before you grab your pitchforks and start assaulting our headquarters, hear us out. The Redskins will be in rebuild mode this year. They have no number one deep threat. Quarterback, Alex Smith, is arriving in a new city with new players and a new playbook. Their starting running back is rookie Derrius Guice, who had numerous character concerns leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Tight End Jordan Reed is about as consistent as a magic 8-ball.
If it’s one area where I feel that Washington will surprise me, it’s their defense. The one-two-punch combination of outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and cornerback Josh Norman could give teams fits.
We have The Redskins winning their opener against The Arizona Cardinals. Followed by a long losing streak, until upsetting a much improved New York Giants team in week 14. Washington will be in a very good position for the 2019 NFL Draft with some early picks.
Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
We’re not sure what will shock us more: Watching The Cowboys playing a game without tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Dez Bryant or the Cowboys winning six games solely because of their offensive line and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
America’s Team will keep some games close with their dominant offensive line, but as teams slowly start to fill eight men in the box, that vaunted running game will slow down.
The Dallas defense also leaves much to be desired. The Cowboys have some young talent in the secondary with cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones. However, these aren’t exactly household names yet. The leader of the defense is none other than linebacker Sean Lee. However, Lee can’t be everywhere. And with his injury history… I digress.
New York Giants (9-7)
This is a win if you’re a Giants fan. After last season’s abysmal 3-13 record, it can’t possibly get any worse. On the contrary, the Giants come back strong in 2018.
The major weakpoint on the Giants squad in 2017 was their offensive line. Tackle Nate Solder and guard Will Hernandez are answers to that problem. Add to the improved O-line, is a make or break year for quarterback Eli Manning. The Giants have two young, eagerly-waiting QBs behind Manning. Manning won’t disappoint.
The Giants have the best college football running back in Saquon Barkley to take the pressure off of Manning. Also, a much improved tight end Evan Engram is in his send season. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. needs no introduction. In 2018, Beckham will continue to make his case as a top three wide receiver in the league. The Giants feature an underrated, opportunistic defense.
Defensively, the Giants boast a constantly improving secondary lead by strong safety Landon Collins. Also contributing is 2016 first round pick, cornerback Eli Apple, and the always reliable Janoris Jenkins.
Sitting in the middle of the defense is linebacker Alec Ogletree, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams. Ogletree is an immediate upgrade to a sub-par linebacking corps. Ogletree is an athletic game changer who can play both the run and pass. Stuffing the run is Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who has ate up double teams his whole career. No pun intended.
Philadelphia Eagles (12-4)
Who else did you expect? We can’t possibly make a case for any other NFC East team when the Eagles won the Super Bowl last season. The Eagles check all the boxes, some twice. Between the tackles running back, check. Scat back, check. Tall, physical wide receivers, check. Elite quarterback, check- Nick Foles could start for most NFL teams. Elite defense, check.
Let’s look at why we think the Eagles will repeat as the NFC East winners. They won the Super Bowl without quarterback Carson Wentz or tackle Jason Peters. These players are expected to play Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles added the following players during the off-season:
- WR Mike Wallace – Former Pittsburgh Steeler turned NFL Journeyman. Wallace will be on his fourth team, and will look to prove he has plenty of gas in the tank.
- DT Haloti Ngata – The defense gets stronger with this big name interior pass rusher. At 34 years old though, has his prime passed him?
- DE Michael Bennett – Bennett was a force to be reckoned with at Seattle. His “down” year, still consisted of 8.5 sacks and 16 games played.
The Eagles have all the pieces to make another run at the Lombardi trophy. If there’s one reason why we feel that they might falter, it’s their history. In 2004, the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl eventually losing to the New England Patriots. The following year, the Eagles finished 6-10. That year, the Eagles lost their opener to the Atlanta Falcons 14-10. Guess who the Eagles play first this year? I’m not one who believes in superstition or Super Bowl hangovers, but if you’re an NFC East fan, this fact might interest you.
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