2015 NFL Football Betting – NFC East Preview
The NFL season is approaching, and the main question in the NFC East is if the Philadelphia Eagles’ revamped roster can stand in the way of the Dallas Cowboys. That’s not the only question to be answered, though.
NFC East Preview
This is a division in which one can be pretty sure that one team won’t make the playoffs, but after that, this could be a very wide-open race among three teams that all have different reasons for being competitive and claiming that they could be champions in early January.
The Washington Redskins are highly likely to be the team that stays home and finishes in last place. It’s hard to see how this team can make its way to the playoffs, since the player who was supposed to carry the franchise into a great new era, Robert Griffin III, has seen his career turn into a total bust. The Redskins have never really recovered from Griffin’s injuries and the way former head coach Mike Shanahan mismanaged them. Washington’s quarterback of the future is now a quarterback of the past. Owner Daniel Snyder is one of the worst owners in sports, so head coach Jay Gruden inhabits what is a close-to-impossible situation. The Redskins have no clear plan for the coming years, including this one.
The NFC East is probably going to be a two-team race, but if it’s a three-team race, the New York Giants are going to be part of the mix, not Washington. The big thing with the Giants last year – the reason for hope in the organization – is that they found their next great wide receiver, the player who can take the team through the final several years of Eli Manning’s career. Odell Beckham, Jr., made the best catch of the NFL season and was consistently good over the course of 16 games. As long as he remains a difficult receiver to defend one-on-one, the Giants’ passing game, which struggled in recent years, can be great again and set up the running game to give New York a balanced offense. The problems for the Giants remain on the offensive line and the defensive line. The team needs better pass protection and an improved pass rush. If New York gets one of the two, the Giants should go 8-8 and maybe have an outside shot at the final playoff spot in the NFC. If the Giants get both, they should be a 10-win team and a playoff representative.
The Philadelphia Eagles should be in the race throughout the season. Though they took Sam Bradford and gave away Nick Foles in a much-criticized trade, and lost LeSean McCoy in some of head coach Chip Kelly’s many offseason deals, they still have a lot of talent, and more specifically, they have a lot of speed. Miles Austin is a new receiver. Byron Maxwell, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, is a new starting corner. DeMarco Murray is the new running back. The Eagles don’t have Jeremy Maclin at receiver anymore, but if Austin fills in adequately and other new parts such as Maxwell and Murray step in and do their jobs, the immense roster turnover won’t matter. The key is really Bradford – can he stay healthy? If he can, he has the arm strength to lead this offense and make it better than it was under Nick Foles.
The favorite in the division has to be the Dallas Cowboys. They re-signed Dez Bryant and have the best quarterback and receiver in the division right now. Tony Romo was very strong for this team last season, and with a young offensive line that performed far above expectations, the Cowboys have the tools to be the best team in the division. Normally, the Cowboys have more question marks than their opponents, but that has been turned upside-down this year. Other teams have to see if they can match up with Dallas.