Sunday, August 21, 2016

NFC East Preview: 2016

            Continuing my preview of the 2016 NFL season, I delve into the NFC. The NFC is a bit more competitive in terms of teams, featuring plenty of Super Bowl contenders. However, it seems the NFC East only has one Super Bowl contender. Let's preview the NFC East and see what to expect this year.

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Last year, the Cowboys were riddled with injuries left and right. Tony Romo was out and so was Dez Bryant. Dallas will be getting both back this year and picked up Alfred Morris and Ezekiel Elliott to bolster their running game. The Cowboys should have sufficient protection and blocking from their offensive line to muster enough of a running attack and to protect Romo. The Cowboys are excited about their quarterback-in-the-wings in Dak Prescott, though. Prescott has been impressive this preseason.
  2. New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. will continue to amaze. Unfortunately, their defense won't do the same; the Giants were 31st in first downs allowed with 367. New York also had the worst secondary in the NFL last season (4,783 total passing yards allowed) and the 24th-best pass rush (1.942 total rushing yards allowed). If the Giants are to contend for the NFC East this year, they need to improve defensively.
  3. Washington Redskins: Keep an eye out for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. He is one of the more underrated tight ends in the NFL, posting 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Reed's size will prove to be a critical asset for Washington's blocking game. 
  4. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz was waiting in the wings for the future starting quarterback role for the Eagles. That dream faced a real scare when Wentz suffered an injury to his ribs. The Eagles are hoping that Wentz can develop into a Joe Flacco-like quarterback, making the transition from the FCS ranks into a respectable starting quarterback. 

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