There were tons of additions and subtractions to NFL teams across the league this offseason. Many of these moves will significantly impact the divisional standings throughout the year. In this series, we’ll take a look at each division, and where each team in it will end the season.
Check out the Division Predictions of the other NFL divisions:
Washington Redskins – Predicted Record: 3-13
Honestly, it’s hard to come up with the specific competencies this team has that will lead to even three victories. I am not entirely sue, really, how Jay Gruden kept his job – he’s been there one year, and after that one year they decided he had done a perfectly fine job, but they needed a new GM, o-line coach, quarterbacks coach, and an entire new staff on the defensive side of the ball, from coordinator on down. So, if all that was wrong, what was the head coach doing right? And what has the new GM done since taking over the reigns? Basically nothing but re-sign a bunch of players who “led” this squad to 4-12 last year. Good luck.
The Two in the Middle
Philadelphia Eagles – Predicted Record: 9-7
This is the hardest division in the league to predict, I feel – they all seem to end up right around .500. Well, except the Redskins. I love Jordan Matthews, I actually do believe Sanchez and Bradford are both an improvement over Foles, and DeMarco Murray/Ryan Mathews/Darren Sproles is a great trio of backs to fit this offense. A bruiser who can run and block, a little guy who can catch, and someone who can do a little of both. The defense doesn’t win them a lot of games, but it will keep them in them, which is all this offense needs. But with this division beating up on itself all year long and some tough matchups outside of the division, it’s hard to see them getting to double-digit wins.
New York Giants – Predicted Record: 10-6
The Giants are a team that has always known their identity. It is not easy to be good in the NFL year after year after year, but if you know – at least – what you’re trying to do, you can always retool and re-load. The Giants need good pass rushers, a running back that can kill clock and outside receiving threats. They don’t need shutdown corners or slot receivers, because that’s not who they are. And when you know you need an outside receiving threat, and you take Odell Beckham, Jr., and he plays the way he did last year, you’re in business. It doesn’t take much. You keep plugging away at it, and when you hit on the right player, things start to click.
The Top Dog
Dallas Cowboys – Predicted Record: 11-5
The Cowboys re-signed Dez, and decided their offensive line and depth at key positions was more important than a marquee running back. In other words, they made all the right choices. Losing DeMarco isn’t great, you don’t love it – but you can make do. You can even thrive – Randall and McFadden should be able to make plenty of plays when they’re not getting hit until they’re already three yards up field. You got to see what DeMarco could do in those conditions, but you don’t get to see that for very many backs, really ever – who knows what these guys will do with the same opportunity? Let’s put it this way: they have the QB, and the receivers, and the pass rush, and the cover guys, and the line – if their only concern is whether they can find a RB capable of running through gaping holes in a defense, they are in good shape.