Season Preview: NFC East

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The NFC East is the most exciting division of all. With some of the league’s most fiery rivalries and the reigning champions, this could be the best division in the NFL. Only time will tell.

Philadelphia Eagles

Potential MVP candidate, Carson Wentz, will mark his territory in the East once more. Determined after a season-ending ACL tear, Wentz is due to return to the helm in week 3. Nick Foles, the most improbable of heroes, will play the first couple of games.

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The Eagles are solid on both sides of the ball. In fact, the recent additions of Mike Wallace and draft pick Dallas Goedert significantly bolster the weapons on offence and provide a superb redzone threat.

Finally, three-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XLVIII winner Michael Bennett joins a strong defence in Philadelphia. Thus, chances are that you are witnessing the division clinchers in the East once more.

New York Giants

The Giants were slain in 2017. When you look to identify the problems on that roster all fingers point to head coach, Ben McAdoo. Luckily for the Giants, McAdoo is no longer on the books and that means a fresh start for the new season.
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Pat Schurmur, the new Giants head coach, has a sizeable task at hand with this young roster. With new scheme fits and a unique talent in the form of Saquon Barkley, the G-Men look to be in need of another season or two to get the chemistry just right.

The Giants have signed Odell Beckham Jr to a massive $95 million contract. His return solidifies issues on the Giants’ offence. Furthermore, experience offensive linemen like Nate Solder and Patrick Onameh will help to establish a run game in the Big Apple.

Dallas Cowboys

‘America’s Team’ is in a sorry state. Firstly, veteran receivers Jason Witten and Dez Bryant have left the franchise. Now, this isn’t necessarily a negative, however it removes much of the leadership in a young locker room. In addition, their absence will create a considerable gap on the offence. This gap will be filled by exciting wideout, Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin.
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On the other hand, the offensive line is in the midst of an injury crisis. Four-time Pro-Bowler Travis Fredrick is out for the season with a rare auto-immune disease named Guillain-Barré syndrome and All-Pro guard Zack Martin is also questionable for week 1, after an injury obtained in week 2 of preseason. Tyron Smith is the only hope on the O-line, who is the most integral piece of the lineup, highlighted by the capitulation of the Cowboys in November of last year after his injury.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins made a bold move by trading Kirk Cousins to the Vikings and acquiring Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith has received criticism for his lack of throwing the ball downfield, however, his short passing prowess can be effective under the right scheme.
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The 59th pick of the NFL Draft, Derrius Geice, was the next franchise running back in Washington, however, after sustaining an ACL tear, the young back will be out for the season. Thus, in a panic pick-up the Skins signed Adrian Peterson as his replacement.

With a relatively similar roster to last year, the Redskins are likely to finish last, mainly due to the fact that Smith’s style of play will become stagnant.

 

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