2014 NFL Preview Series: NFC East

Demarus Dye| BKD TV Insiders

The Eagles are trying to repeat as NFC East champs, but in the NFC East, every team will be in the hunt for the division crown.

The Eagles are trying to repeat as NFC East champs, but in the NFC East, every team will be in the hunt for the division crown.

Today we preview the NFC East, which every season is wacky & wild. Can the Eagles repeat, can the Cowboys stop anybody on defense, can the Giants rebound after 2 bad seasons, can the Skins with RG3 return back to his rookie season before facing the Ravens changing RG3’s career?

Philadelphia Eagles

2013: 10-6, won the NFC East. Lost in the NFC Wild Card round.
Head coach: Chip Kelly (second season)
Key departures: WR DeSean Jackson, QB Michael Vick, DE Clifton Geathers, RB Bryce Brown
Key arrivals: RB Darren Sproles, S Malcolm Jenkins, QB Mark Sanchez, S Chris Maragos, rookie LB Marcus Smith, rookie WR Jordan Matthews

I like that the Eagles won the NFC East last season, Chip Kelly’s offense was very good, mainly when Nick Foles took over the QB spot, with RB Darren Sproles as LeSean McCoy’s backup/change of pace back. Can Jeremy Maclin return back to form after he’s been hurt throughout his career? Rookie WR Jordan Matthews can make some noise also has played well in the preseason & can prove as a weapon for the Eagles. Also can the Eagles defense get it done mainly in the secondary. I like the Eagles to repeat as the NFC East champs, but as always the rest of the NFC East is giving them a run for their money.

Dallas Cowboys

2013: 8-8, second in NFC East
Head coach: Jason Garrett
Key departures: DT Jason Hatcher, DE DeMarcus Ware
Key arrivals: DT Henry Melton, RG Zack Martin (rookie), DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys defense was ranked dead last in the NFL & they let DeMarcus Ware & Jason Hatcher walk. The Cowboys offense is pretty much the same with them carrying the teams load again this season. Who will be the 2nd WR behind Dez Bryant, it looks like Terrance Williams will be that guy, the Cowboys OL should protect Tony Romo well, but can he avoid the big 4th quater mistakes that have plagued his career. In the NFC East, you can be in 1st place one year & last place the next. I don’t see the 2014 Cowboys being in 1st place, but closer to last place.

Washington Redskins

2013 record: 3-13 overall
Head coach: Jay Gruden (first season)
Key departures: TE Fred Davis (suspended indefinitely), S Reed Doughty, MLB London Fletcher, S Tanard Jackson (suspended indefinitely), OL Will Montgomery, WR Josh Morgan, P Sav Rocca, DE Darryl Tapp, CB Josh Wilson
Key arrivals: rookie CB Bashaud Breeland, S Ryan Clark, DL Jason Hatcher, LB Adam Hayward, WR DeSean Jackson, LB Akeem Jordan, OL Shawn Lauvao, P Robert Malone, QB Colt McCoy, OL Mike McGlynn, rookie OT Morgan Moses, rookie LB Trent Murphy, CB Tracy Porter, WR Andre Roberts, LB Darryl Sharpton

I have seen improvement in the Skins defense, now with Brandon Meriweather being suspended for the 1st 2 games of the season for another extreme hit on a defenseless receiver. S Ryan Clark has returned back to DC also. Now on offense the big question, RGIII has looked bad in this preseason, while Kirk Cousins has looked good & outplayed Robert Griffin III. The Redskins offense skill position wise is in the liking of new Head Coach Jay Gruden with DeSean Jackson coming from the Eagles & Andre Roberts from the Cardinals.The key is RGIII, if he can return to his rookie season play, the Skins win the NFC East, if not the Skins will be hanging closer to the bottom than the top.

New York Giants

2013 record: 7-9 (third place in the NFC East)
Head coach: Tom Coughlin (11th season, 90-70 overall record)
Key departures: G Kevin Boothe, RB Andre Brown, DT Linval Joseph, SS Ryan Mundy, WR Louis Murphy, TE Brandon Myers, WR Hakeem Nicks, TE Bear Pascoe, LB Keith Rivers, DE Justin Tuck
Key arrivals: G John Jerry, LB Jameel McClain, DE Robert Ayers, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, SS Quintin Demps, G Geoff Schwartz, RB Rashad Jennings, C J.D. Walton, CB Zack Bowman, T Charles Brown, CB Walter Thurmond, WR Mario Manningham

The Giants this year main key is to protect Eli Manning & set up the running game. Rashad Jennings has looked well so far in the pre-season to be the top Giants RB. The Giants this preseason however have looked terrible at times including the 1st unit being shutout badly. The Giants to me look like a team at a crossroads, either they try to be a playoff team with long tier head coach Tom Coughlin or just bring in a new Head Coach & clean house. The Giants defense should be an improved unit as long as their offense doesn’t expose them to short field situations via turnovers. I think the Giants will be just another team this season & at the end come up short for the NFC East Title.

Predicted Order of Finish

1. Philadelphia Eagles

2. Washington Redskins

3. New York Giants

4. Dallas Cowboys

Next Preview will be the AFC South.

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