LESS than a month ago, on April 13th I predicted that the Eagles would win the NFC East, that Dallas would finish second, Washington third at 6-10, and New York would finish last at 5-11.
It’s a Pre-Draft prediction, and I deliberately go out on limb for it. My record is 1-2 on these so far, because in the first two years, I didn’t change my prediction after the Draft, even though my gut screamed at me to do so. I refuse to make that mistake again, this year.
I’m officially changing my NFC East prediction.
First things first. The Eagles will still win the division. Last year we did what we did, while short-handed, after a crazy injury bug seemed to target ONLY our key players. Law of averages (and general NFL history) says that we won’t have it as bad, for a second year in a row.
As for our key players who had to watch our Super Bowl win, while in their street clothes…There’ll be no complacency or Super Bowl hangover for them to battle. So there’ll be a bunch of key players playing hungry, and looking to prove something. This means the Eagles should be an even harder team to contend with in 2018, than we were in 2017.
It’s a good thing for the Eagles that the team will be a better team in 2018, because a certain team in the NFC East has stepped it’s game up. That team would be the giants.
The giants looked like a 5-11 team with the potential for 0-16, but then they had a strong Draft, which made their Free Agent moves more than just the sum of their parts. Drafting G Will Hernandez, now ties the entire offense together. If the giants had a decent replacement for Jason Pierre-Paul, they might have a decent defense in 2018. As it is, they’re an offensive team who’ll finish second in the East. That being said, jumping from basement to second place, indicates that the giants are headed in the correct direction. No mockery or sarcasm here. New GM Dave Gettleman deserves a round of applause.
The Redskins will still finish third. Washington had a quietly solid Draft, which seems weird after they gave an ancient, underachieving QB (Alex Smith), a fuck-ton of guaranteed money. It’s hard to tell if they’re arming for the future, or deliberately trying to harm themselves. Until recently, they’d been having the worst offseason of any team in the NFC East. Then the door flew open, and a new challenger yelled “Hold my beer, and watch this.”….
The Cowboys are on a diving board, doing a belly-flop into an empty pool. Screwing over WR Dez Bryant was one thing. Replacing him with shrugworthy draft pick WR Michael Gallup, or free agent WR Allen Hurns was another. Losing TE Jason Witten’s leadership won’t help at all. Lastly, moving CB Byron Jones from the corner to FS, was an attempt to make room for Seahawk FS Earl Thomas, but that has yet to actually happen. (If ever.) The Cowboys offseason has fallen into a woodchipper, and so they’ve fallen from second to last in projections.
Prediction: Eagles 11-5. Giants 9-7. Redskins 7-9. Cowboys 6-10