The NFL season is now less than ten days away and, speaking for myself, I could not be any more excited. Sitting around on Sundays eating way too much food and watching hours of football is now right around the corner. Over the past couple weeks we have been previewing the NFL divisions, and we wrapped up the AFC last Friday. Now we move to the NFC, starting with the NFC East.
(To view previous NFL previews, click on any of the following division names: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West)
Top Cowboys Games of 2012
No team beat themselves more than the Dallas Cowboys did in 2011; always making a key mistake that cost them the game. QB Tony Romo will have to cut down on his miscues and become the elite quarterback everyone expects him to be. Dallas does have one thing going for them: they still have DE DeMarcus Ware on their team. Ware had 19.5 sacks last year and will likely be among the league leaders in the category in 2012 as well.
Projection: The Cowboys are deep in talent, but I don't think that's good enough in the tough NFC East. Finishing around 8-8 is a safe bet for Dallas, which is probably just outside of the postseason.
New York Giants
The defending Super Bowl champions return with most of their roster from last season, and carry high expectations into this year. What people forget about the Giants is that they nearly missed the playoffs last year, finishing 9-7, and were outscored by their opponents in the regular season. They will have to be better this year if they hope for a return trip to the Super Bowl.
Projection: The Giants will be better in the regular season and should be good enough to capture the NFC East crown as long as QB Eli Manning doesn't revert back to throwing too many interceptions.
Eagles QB Michael Vick talked earlier in the offseason about Philadelphia developing a "dynasty." If he hopes for that to happen, he will need to stay much healthier. Vick missed portions of the last two seasons, likely costing the Eagles a playoff spot last year. Luckily for Vick, the Eagles have a couple of dangerous weapons on offense at his disposal in RB LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, who are both among the best players at their position.
Projection: Philadelphia is the most difficult team to predict in the division. If Vick stays healthy, they are a legit threat to dethrone the Giants. If he gets hurt, they are likely doomed to mediocrity.
Top Redskins Games of 2012
The Redskins struggled mightily last season, but what do you expect from a team that started Rex Grossman for most of the year? Washington gets a new, fresh start this season with rookie QB Robert Griffin III taking over. Last season's Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor University has already brought high expectations with him, but hopefully fans in D.C. understand that the Redskins still lack the overall team talent that the other teams in the division have.
Projection: There is no question that the Redskins will be better in 2012, but probably not enough to be playing in the postseason. If RGIII can improve throughout this season though, look out for the Redskins in 2013.