NFC East Projections

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  1. Dallas Cowboys (2009: 11-5) The Cowboys will enter the season in familiar fashion, a popular pick as a Super Bowl contender among NFL fans and analysts. Dallas finally ended their post-season slump, defeating the Eagles in the first round of last year’s playoffs, the first such win in their last 6 playoff contests. An already impressive offense in 2009 only adds firepower in 2010, in the form of first round pick Dez Bryant, who could compete with Roy Williams for the number 2 spot at wide receiver as soon as he returns from a training camp injury. Miles Austin is coming off a breakout year as he leads what should be a deep receiving corps for Tony Romo to choose from. The ‘Boys have similar versatility in the backfield with the RB committee of Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Chocie.
  2. New York Giants (2009: 8-8) The G-Men suffered through a forgettable year in 2009, but should turn the NFC East into a three team race this season. In order to do so, the Giants will need Brandon Jacobs to return to form, struggling even from the goal line a season ago. While the running game is uncertain, the passing game looks to have taken a step forward with Steve Smith breaking through as one of the elite possession WRs in the NFL. Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham both enjoyed productive years on the outside, with Smith getting the brunt of the work over the middle, as the Giants sported one of the League’s more productive aerial attacks. Eli Manning topped 4,000 yards for the first time in his career, adding 27 TD strikes. If the D and running game return to form, the Giants could be a dark horse the Super Bowl discussion.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (2009: 11-5) Even without Donovan McNabb, the Eagles should remain competitive atop the East. Kevin Kolb looked solid in fill-in duty last year and has two of the fastest receivers in the league to work with, in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. With LeSean McCoy taking over the lion’s share of Westbrook’s traditional rushing/receiving role over the years, the Eagles offense should look similar despite the new face under center.
  4. Washington Redskins (2009: 4-13) There is finally hope in Washington as McNabb and Mike Shanahan take over for Jason Campbell and Jim Zorn. Unfortunately, the Skins are trapped in a tough division. The top three teams in the East are all in serious position to push for the post-season, while the Redskins, though improving, aren’t quite through the rebuilding process.

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