The NFC East is a tough, hard-nosed division with talent all over the place. From Albert Haynesworth in Washington to Tony Romo in Dallas to Donovan McNabb in Philly, there are playmakers on every team. For now though, the big boys from New York are still the favorites to win the division, this even after the Eagles recently added another big playmaker – Mike Vick. Here’s the Gridiron Gab’s breakdown of the NFC East for 2009.
New York Giants (11-5) – Big blue does it the right way. They have a very good defensive line to go along with a running game that has a couple of players that can get it done on a week in and week out basis. Everyone wants to talk about the loss of Plaxico Burress and the lack of big name receivers, but in the end, Eli Manning will find players to throw to, and there’s too much talent on both sides of the ball to not have this team at the top of the division and in double digits for wins.
Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) – A team tying to fit Michael Vick in, and still with some lingering feelings of bitterness over the loss in the NFC Title game last year. Donovan McNabb is still the key to this team, and his success on the field is going to dictate how far this team will go. A healthy Brian Westbrook and a transition in defense with the sad death of coordinator Jim Johnson will be two other keys to this team. This division will come down to the two games with the Giants.
Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – They made quite a few offseason moves to get rid of the cancers in the locker room, and that’s a good thing. At the same time, some of the players gone like Terrell Owens put the talent level on this team down just a bit. There was talk of Super Bowl last season, but this year, just a wild card spot would be a win, but right now with this team on both sides of the ball, that would be a stretch.
Washington Redskins (7-9) – Jim Zorn started year one red hot, winning 6 of his first 8, but then, the bottom fell out. Things don’t look to be that much better this year, as I don’t think Jason Campbell is the answer, and they will find that out once and for all in 2009. Clinton Portis is their best weapon on offense, and on defense, the pressure will be on for a player like Albert Haynesworth to make their D-line even better. It will be a long year in the Nation’s Capital.