YOU’VE read the reviews. Nothing left to do but make pick and tell you why.
Last year’s pick: PHILADELPHIA —– Last year’s WINNER: DALLAS —– My Record: 0-1
NOTE: Rookies don’t usually shake up this division, so there’s a pretty good chance that what you see here will be how it shakes out for the year.
Strongest Offense: DALLAS
Like the Giants they tick 3/5 boxes as far as positions being strong. However, unlike the Giants the Cowboys have an offensive line.
Weakest Offense: PHILADELPHIA
I know! I know! But we’re an offensive team! We’ve set records! Yeah, yeah, yeah. We’re also remodeling our Offensive Line, our QB situation is a toss-up, and we have ZERO explosive players at WR.
Strongest Defense: WASHINGTON
They have a nice front seven up there, but the secondary is an issue, However Secondary is a problem for every team in the division right now, so this was a pretty easy pick.
Weakest Defense: DALLAS
Greg Hardy may help this team, but there is a real lack of playmakers on this side of the ball.
Strongest Special Teams: PHILADELPHIA
Everyone has a decent Punter, and while I gave everyone but Philadelphia a passing grade at Kicker, it was by a razor thin margin and mostly on a technicality. On the other hand Philadelphia has a much better return game, and kick/punt coverage than any of our rivals
Weakest Special Teams: DALLAS
This was a toss-up between Washington and Dallas, but Dallas has lost their KR to New York, so they risk having some of their ST tenets stolen by a division rival.
Projected Winner: WASHINGTON
Bottom Line: While they still have offensive line issues, so do 3 out of 4 teams in the division. They also had issues in their Secondary, but so does every other team in the division. When you look at the parts that actually do work among the four teams, Washington can play defense as well as any team in the division right now. They can also run the ball, which is something that a couple teams in this division may have trouble doing themselves, given their offensive line issues and/or lackluster RB’s.
Philadelphia continues (so far) to hemorrhage more talent than we bring in, and Dallas has thrown away the straw that stirred their drink. As a result, both of these teams stand as weaker today than they were when their seasons ended. While New York has a downright scary looking offense returning, they’re doing it without an offensive line they can trust and a run game that’s more rumor than reality.
Philadelphia is rumored to be about to make some moves regarding not just the Draft, but the roster in general. If someone is to take the division from Washington, Philly is the team.