NFC East Preview: Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC East is a division that is full of talent, but after the Giants Superbowl win a few years back, none of these teams have seriously contended for the championship.

 

Source: Michael Perez/ AP Photo

Source: Michael Perez/ AP Photo

Philadelphia Eagles

 

After taking his team to the playoffs last season by winning the division in his first season as Head Coach, Chip Kelly will be looking to take his team even further this season.

 

On a disappointing note for Philadelphia Eagles lost star wide receiver Desean Jackson to division rivals the Washington Redskins as the free agent decided that it was time to move on.

 

But don’t expect much to change in Chip Kelly’s offense, with the addition of former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles giving him another toy to play with on offense.

 

Having been involved in a back and forth battle with Michael Vick for the quarterback spot, Nick Foles will be looking to flourish with Vick having moved to the New York Jets.

 

While their offense is sure to be strong yet again, the Eagles will need a big year from some of their defensive players including Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, and Nate Allen.

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Every year there is always plenty of questions around the Dallas Cowboys and whether they will be able to win nine games this season.

 

Expect them to have a few high moments this season, but being as depleted as they are on defense, they will struggle to get off the field against the best teams.

 

With a number of injuries and the departure of star defensive end Demarcus Ware, defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli will be relying on guys like Nick Hayden, Justin Durant, and Brandon Carr to play a big role for the team this season.

 

Each season most of the Cowboys hopes rest on the ageing shoulders of veteran quarterback Tony Romo.

 

If he is able to stay healthy, expect Romo to have a good year with weapons like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten to throw the ball to, while Demarco Murray will be looking for some big numbers carrying the ball.

 

Washington Redskins

 

2013 was a tough year to say the least for the Washington Redskins, so they will be very eager to get the 2014 season underway.

 

Under the guidance of new Head Coach Jay Gruden, the Redskins will need to improve in virtually every aspect of the game if they want to challenge the Eagles for the division title.

 

A fit Robert Griffin III will be the first task for Gruden, and if the former number two draft pick is able to stay fit he could be in for a big season.

 

Signing boom free agent Desean Jackson could be one of the great moves of the off-season with the wide receiver coming off a great year at the Eagles.

 

If they are able to click, expect big things from this offensive unit.

 

While on defense, they will need big seasons from Brian Orakpo, and Deangelo Hall if they want to make the playoffs.

 

New York Giants

 

There is no doubting that times are tough at the New York Giants at the moment.

 

Over the last few years that haven’t been able to rediscover that form that took them to two Superbowl rings.

 

If there is no improvement in 2014, expect Tom Coughlin to receive a tap on the shoulder from management that could force him into retirement.

 

The class and talent of Eli Manning is something that cannot be questioned, and as his brother has shown in Denver, age is no barrier.

 

Along with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle, expect rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Junior to have a good year with Manning throwing him the ball.

 

With a number of injuries to their running backs, there will be question marks as to how many yards they will be able to gain out of the back field.

 

Expect a defense that includes Jason Pierre-Paul, Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, and Antrel Rolle to opposition quarterbacks plenty of problems.

 

Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget

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