The Dallas Cowboys are the reigning NFC East champions, the New York Giants are looking to rebound from a 6-10 season; despite what happened last season could the NFC East be a two team race between the Cowboys and the Giants?
The Washington Redskins are a mess and the Philadelphia Eagles are an unknown quantity with Chip Kelly pulling many a string and Sam Bradford as their quarterback. The Cowboys and the Giants are on paper, the two best teams in the division.
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The Giants have been swept by the Cowboys in two consecutive seasons and if the Giants want to win the division, they have to prove they can beat Dallas. The Giants and Cowboys should be an exciting shootout between two of the best offensive units in the NFL, and we get to enjoy this battle twice.
The Cowboys were a good team in 2014 and they got even better in the offseason. They improved their offensive line with La’el Collins, an offensive line that was already one of the best in football. The Cowboys drafted a great cornerback in Byron Jones and drafted an incredibly athletic pass rusher in Randy Gregory. The Cowboys are not only contenders for the division title, but also a Super Bowl Championship.
Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws the ball for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
If the Giants get enough protection for Eli Manning, he will shred defenses apart with his incredible set of weapons. The Giants offense could be one of the top units in all of football and it could lift the Giants to an incredible season.
The real question is if the Eagles can put their name into this race to stand atop the NFC East. The Eagles have a ton of talent. The question becomes the quarterback position. Bradford is a injury prone passer who has always shown more potential than actual results.
The Eagles back up quarterbacks are Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. That combination worked so well with the Jets that the Eagles just had to have it. All jokes aside, coach Kelly is betting that he can make anything work in his offense. Its a tall test and a big gamble for the Eagles. Matt Barkley is another unproven option for the Eagles.
If the Eagles can’t make it work in 2015 due to their quarterback situation, the Giants and the Cowboys are left to duke it out for the division title and the playoff seed that comes with it. The Eagles are the variable in this equation but at the moment the answer is that the NFC East is a two team race between Dallas and New York.