The NFC East is one of the craziest divisions in the NFL. Here’s an interesting bit of information – the past four years have seen each team in the NFC East win the division. No team has won consecutive division titles since the Eagles (2001-04).
Dallas dominated the division last season on the back of DeMarco Murray, but he’s gone and the division is wide open.
Odds to Win the NFC East in 2015
Dallas Cowboys +130
Philadelphia Eagles +175
New York Giants +415
Washington Redskins +1500
Should the Cowboys be favored? Salary cap problems have been all the talk in Texas this off-season and the Cowboys are without several key players. The Redskins are hurting, but the Giants and Eagles could both dethrone Dallas.
If division trends are anything to follow – targeting the Eagles or Giants would be the best bets.
2015 Dallas Cowboys Team Preview
Last Season’s Record: 12-4 (1st in NFC East)
Key Additions: Darren McFadden, Greg Hardy, Andrew Gachkar & Jasper Brinkley
Key Losses: DeMarco Murray, Henry Melton, Justin Durant, Jeremy Parnell, Dwayne Harris & Anthony Spencer
Regular Season Win Total: Over 9.5 Wins (-140) vs. Under 9.5 Wins (+120)
Dallas have lost a lot of talent because of the salary cap and I don’t believe they’ll come close to 12 wins again. Murray was unreal last season and there’s no way the current stable of RB’s will come close to matching his numbers.
Tony Romo will feel the pressure again this season, as well as Dez Bryant. The offense will score points, but expect a higher number of turnovers. The defense is also weaker. Hardy is a great signing, but he’s suspended.
The NFC East is always crazy and hard to predict, but I have the Cowboys pegged at under 9.5 wins.
2015 Philadelphia Eagles Team Preview
Last Season’s Record: 10-6 (2nd in NFC East)
Key Additions: Sam Bradford, DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, Brad Jones, Kiko Alonso & Ryan Matthews
Key Losses: Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Casey Matthews, Trent Colt, Jeremy Maclin, Bradley Fletcher & Cary Williams
Regular Season Win Total: Over 9.5 Wins (+125) vs. Under 9.5 Wins (-105)
Chip Kelly is really leaving his mark on the Eagles, but will it be for the better? He lost a lot of talent, but replaced them with his own signings. If Kelly can get the Eagles working as a unit to start the season – the sky is the limit.
Bradford, Murray and rookie Nelson Agholor will all need to learn a new offense. Losing Maclin hurts, but Foles and McCoy aren’t major losses. I like the pick-up of Alonso too, plus Matthews has potential in Kelly’s offense.
My pick to win the NFC East is Philly and I also expect the Eagles to win over 9.5 games this season.
Key Losses: Antrel Rolle, Walter Thurmond, Zack Bowman, Spencer Paysinger, Stevie Brown & Mathias Kiwanuka
Regular Season Win Total: Over 8.5 Wins (+120) vs. Under 8.5 Wins (-140)
The Giants are the toughest team to gauge in the NFC East. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have the potential to put up big numbers, but I believe teams will be on to Beckham Jr. more so this season than in his rookie campaign.
I like the run game for the Giants and an injury in the backfield won’t hurt too much, as the Giants have three capable RB’s. The defense hasn’t improved, which is a concern, especially since the offense isn’t a top ten unit.
You never know what you’ll get out the Giants, but I’m betting on under 8.5 regular season wins.
2015 Washington Redskins Team Preview
Last Season’s Record: 4-12 (4th in NFC East)
Key Additions: Terrance Knighton, Dashon Goldson, Stephen Paea, Chris Culliver & Ricky Jean-Francois
Key Losses: Brian Orakpo, Roy Helu, Ryan Clark, Stephen Bowen & Barry Cofield
Regular Season Win Total: Over 6.5 Wins (+120) vs. Under 6.5 Wins (-140)
Washington are in full rebuild mode and this off-season they beefed up in the trenches. The Redskins won’t contend in the NFC East this season, but they’ll win more than four games, however, winning seven games is asking a lot.
I’m a fan of Garcon and Jackson at WR, but RGIII has to improve significantly. The offense has potential if RGIII can get rolling, but I’m not a fan of the QB. The defense should get more pressure, which will improve the pass defense.
The Redskins are improved, but they’ll win under 6.5 games this season.