Keep in mind, when these predictions come out, no one knows who will be drafted by which team.
This is an assessment of the team as it is staffed by veteran players with track records.
Rookies don’t usually shake up the NFC East division, so there’s a pretty good chance that what you see here, will be how it shakes out for the year.
Strongest Offense: PHILADELPHIA
While there are issues with the Offensive Line, every team except Washington has issues there. While the Cowboys also have dangerous weapons, they have no proven coaches on that side of the ball. Philadelphia has players, coaches and a system that has yielded two straight playoff runs. This one was easy.
Weakest Offense: WASHINGTON
Lacking a QB, or credible receivers makes the Redskins a team a one-dimensional, running team. Oh yeah, and they have a 33 year old RB as the tip of their spear, and no reason not to load the box.
Strongest Defense: DALLAS
Like Philadelphia, they have a strong front seven. Dallas however, lets their DB’s challenge receivers, which occasionally helps out the pass rush.
Weakest Defense: WASHINGTON
There are holes all over this unit, and they will likely get shelled this year vs deep threats. Their 3-4 system allows too many easy passes to the Flat, and they don’t have the speed to cover deep.
Strongest Special Teams: NEW YORK
Give them credit for turning a liability into an asset. Better yet, give them credit for committing to winning the hidden yardage battle.
Weakest Special Teams: DALLAS
Ignoring depth is how you end up with weakness here.
Projected Winner: PHILADELPHIA
Last year a very healthy Dallas went 10 – 6, won the division, and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. Last year an injury ravaged Philadelphia went 9 – 7, and also lost in the divisional round of the playoffs. Philadelphia has shown that injuries won’t derail the team from the postseason. Dallas has shown no such resilience. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. The division will be a war in 2019.
Darkhorse Winner: DALLAS
The Redskins and giants are too poorly run to seriously be mentioned here.