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2015 NFL Season Preview and Predictions--NFC East Division

Updated on January 19, 2016
Will Tony Romo finally have the last laugh?
Will Tony Romo finally have the last laugh?

Cowboys

Dallas easily was the most surprising team of 2014. They physically imposed their will on opposing teams. Tony Romo was brilliant and delivered in the clutch. The Cowboys defense played well enough for them to win a lot of games. The Cowboys were involved in two of the worst botched calls in the playoffs. They benefited from a call against the Lions in the wild card round. I still don't think that play cost the Lions. They lost because they didn't have the guts to go for a 4th and 1, in Cowboys territory with a 10 point lead in the second half. The Cowboys got burned by a overturned catch in the next round against the Packers. I truly think this call was one of the worst ever and probably cost the Cowboys a shot at the Super Bowl. The Cowboys have to stop crying and come back fighting. A lot of experts flipped out when the Cowboys let Demarco Murray leave in free agency. I thought it was a great move. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in football. Murray will be easily replaced in this offense.

The defense wasn't that good but did enough to win games. It should be improved with the addition of defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy will miss games early to suspension but he'll be back for when they really need him. They also drafted pass rusher Randy Gregory, who could give them a solid pash rushing duo. I think the Cowboys have a good chance to make a run to the Super Bowl. They are my pick for the NFC. I don't think they'll win but they have a good shot.

Dallas Cowboys 11-5

Opponent
Result
Record
New York Giants
W
1-0
@Philadelphia
W
2-0
Atlanta
W
3-0
@New Orleans
L
3-1
New England
L
3-2
Bye
 
3-2
@New York Giants
W
4-2
Seattle
W
5-2
Philadelphia
W
6-2
@Tampa Bay
W
7-2
@Miami
W
8-2
Carolina
L
8-3
@Washington
L
8-4
@Green Bay
L
8-5
New York Jets
W
9-5
@Buffalo
W
10-5
Washington
W
11-5

Running Game

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Eagles

This is a big year for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. This is Year 3 and Chip Kelly has sent some of the most explosive players in the league packing. Desean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Jermey Maclin. Kelly only likes players that follow him blindly. He believes more in his system than he does in talent. He has complete control and the Eagles have given him enough rope to hang himself. He traded Nick Foles who performed well in his sytem for often injured Sam Bradford. He traded one of the best running backs in the league for a linebacker coming off a serious injury. The Eagles can score on offense but they are now less scary than they were in Chip Kelly's first year.

The defense is still terrible. They signed cornerback Byron Maxwell in free agency. They will find out the hard way that he benefited from playing in the Seahawks scheme. They don't have a safety like Earl Thomas roaming around. You'd think they learned their lesson after Cary Williams. Expect the Eagles to miss the playoffs for the second straight year. The Eagles fans will be out for blood and Chip Kelly will go running back to college where players won't question his control.

Philadelphia Eagles 9-7

Opponent
Result
Record
@Atlanta
L
0-1
Dallas
W
1-1
@New York Jets
W
2-1
@Washington
L
2-2
New Orleans
L
2-3
New York Giants
W
3-3
@Carolina
W
4-3
Bye
 
4-3
@Dallas
L
4-4
Miami
W
5-4
Tampa Bay
W
6-4
@Detroit
L
6-5
@New England
L
6-6
Buffalo
W
7-6
Arizona
L
7-7
Washington
W
8-7
@New York
W
9-7

Are the injury prone?

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If Victor Cruz returns healthy he and Odell Beckham could be the best receiver duo in the NFL.
If Victor Cruz returns healthy he and Odell Beckham could be the best receiver duo in the NFL.

Giants

The Giants seem very underwhelming on paper right now. That's when they are usually dangerous. Those teams in the past were loaded with underachieving talent that turned it on at the right time. I don't think this Giants team is that loaded with talent. They still have Eli Manning who performs well in the playoffs but lately hasn't performed that well in regular season to get there. Manning cut down his turnover problem in Ben McAdoos new offense. He should excel further in Year 2. The emergence of super rookie Odell Beckham Jr and Rueben Randle. Throw in a healthy Victor Cruz and this offense could be explosive. The Giants have been their most dangerous when they had a solid running game to balance out the offense. The Giants running game is inconsistent. The offense lines performance was shaky last season.

The Giants strength in those Super Bowl seasons were their strength. The Giants defense in 2014 was one of the worst in the league. They decided to bring back their defensive coordinator from their last Super Bowl season, Steve Spagnolo. I don't know it it will help. Spagnolo's defenses with other teams weren't that successful and the Giants don't have the talent that they did then. Their top player on defense Jason Pierre-Paul is coming off losing a finger in a fireworks accident. We don't know how that will affect his performance. I think this team will fight but deliver another disappointing season and maybe bring the Tom Coughlin era to an end.

New York Giants 8-8

Opponent
Result
Record
@Dallas
L
0-1
Atlanta
W
1-1
Washington
W
2-1
@Buffalo
W
3-1
San Francisco
L
3-2
@Philadelphia
L
3-3
Dallas
L
3-4
@New Orleans
W
4-4
@Tampa Bay
W
5-4
New England
W
6-4
Bye
 
6-4
@Washington
W
7-4
New York Jets
W
8-4
@Miami
L
8-5
Carolina
L
8-6
@Minnesota
L
8-7
Philadelphia
L
8-8

Is time for a change?

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Who is the starter?
Who is the starter?

Redskins

The Redskins are a mess of an organization. It starts at the top with the owner Dan Snyder. The General Manager is supposedly a genius but there weren't teams fighting for his services. Head Coach Jay Gruden isn't qualified to lead a team. It's just another in a long line of bad decisions. It doesn't matter if its RG3, Kirk Cousins or Colt McCoy at QB, this team will lose. No QB can succeed in this awful system behind an even worse offensive line. Tackle Trent Williams is one of the best at his position. 1st round pick Brandon Sherriff will have ups and downs. They have a solid running back in Alfred Morris but their pass happy coach seems to forget he's on the roster. They have a game breaker in Desean Jackson but they don't run enough plays for him.

The defense is terrible. They fired defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and hired Joe Barry. They may have gone from bad to worse. Ryan Kerrigan is the star of this unit. He is all out effort every play but the rest of this unit isn't very good. Don't be surprised if they are in the bottom half of the league again. The Redskins have enough talent to contend for a wild card spot, unfortunately, the are led by a coaching staff of buffoons. A successful season for this team would be to lose less than 10 games, which is truly sad.

Washington Redskins 7-9

Opponent
Result
Record
Miami
L
0-1
St. Louis
W
1-1
@New York Giants
L
1-2
Philadelphia
W
2-2
@Atlanta
W
3-2
@New York Jets
L
3-3
Tampa Bay
L
3-4
Bye
 
3-4
@New England
L
3-5
New Orleans
W
4-5
@Carolina
L
4-6
New York Giants
L
4-7
Dallas
W
5-7
@Chicago
W
6-7
Buffalo
W
7-7
@Philadelphia
L
7-8
@Dallas
L
7-9

QB Quandary

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Randal Bruce vs ESPN

NFC East
My Predictions
ESPN's Predictions
Dallas Cowboys
11-5
11-5
Philadelphia Eagles
9-7
10-6
New York Giants
8-8
8-8
Washington Redskins
7-9
6-10
We pretty much share the same thoughts on this division.

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    • Ty Tayzlor profile image

      TT 21 months ago from Anywhere

      I think the Eagles and Giants are very overrated. Both of their defenses have big holes in them

    • Randal Bruce profile image
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      Randal Bruce 21 months ago from Charlottesville, VA

      I totally agree. I think Eagles will compete but not make playoffs and Giants seem to start slow and finish fast. They just seem to dig a whole to deep to get out of lately.

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