We are back with another segment on our 2020 NFL Regular Season Prediction Series!
This time, we head over to the National Football Conference (NFC) and see what the NFC East have in store.
The East division has been back-and-forth with teams on top for the past decade, but this year, it appears that it could be a two-team race this season. Let’s see what could happen…
Like every season, it seems that the Dallas Cowboys are loading up for another playoff run, but they fall short in some form.
There has been a lot going down in Jerryworld this offseason along with questions surrounding the Dak Prescott contract situation, a new head coaching change and improvements to the team.
Most of their improvements have been focused on offensive side as they hired former Green Bay Packers/Super Bowl champion head coach Mike McCarthy and drafted Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
But the defense lost a bit in the process, as cornerback Byron Jones signed with Miami in free agency, edge rusher Michael Bennett retiring and cutting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy due to season-ending injury.
Once again, the Cowboys look poised to make a deep playoff run on paper, but who knows what can happen to this team? Let’s hope everything sticks on the uptick for them.
New York Giants
The Year 2 of the Daniel Jones era for the New York Giants has seen some high of highs—and the lows of lows.
After the comeback win down in Tampa Bay, the Giants fell back to earth and struggled to get back to form throughout last season.
The Giants offense flashed some highlights and it appears to be one of their main focuses in the offseason. Moves include hiring head coach Joe Judge, drafting Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and Oregon hybrid lineman Shane Lemieux.
The defense also saw additions as they signed cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Blake Martinez and defensive lineman Leonard Williams, and drafting Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.
Most predictions have them to be mediocre this season, but maybe that momentum from last season’s mild success can translate to an even better record than they had the last couple seasons.
Along with their rivals in the Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles appeared to be poised for another playoff run themselves.
Both sides for the team have underwent a retooling stage as they stocked up weapons in drafting TCU wide receiver Jaelon Raegor and in surprising fashion, selecting electrifying quarterback Jalen Hurts.
But the defense got an overhaul as they signed defensive lineman Javon Hargrave, safety Will Parks, and trading for Detroit Lions All Pro cornerback Darius Slay.
Although the team still have players from the Super Bowl season a couple years ago, it is going to be hard to go back-to-back in the NFC East, especially when it’ll be perceived as a two-team race.
The Eagles will simply be playoffs or bust, just hope it didn’t limp into the bracket like they did the last couple seasons.
Washington Football Team
To put it nicely, Washington’s offseason was—pretty messy.
From Jay Gruden getting let go, to the uncovering of the team’s sexual harassment scandal, and the blandish name change departing from the controversial Redskins moniker.
But aside from that, Washington got themselves a couple great additions as they hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach, and landed Ohio State defensive end Chase Young in the NFL Draft.
The ‘Football Team’ appears that they are set on further developing quarterback Dwayne Haskins this season, as it shown in signing Brandon Scherff to the franchise tender and bringing in a low-risk signing in tight end Logan Thomas.
If the drama is somewhat maintained, this team has a chance to further their record more. Let’s hope it all goes right based on owner Dan Snyder’s standards, who knows what can happen with him in charge.
- Philadelphia Eagles 11-5**
- Dallas Cowboys 10-6*
- New York Giants 6-10
- Washington Football Team 4-12
The two-team race for the NFC East will all come down to between the ‘Boys and the Birds. But this year, I got the Eagles taking the division by one game and the Cowboys will sneak in as a wild card.
New York is expected to take a big leap, but it won’t be much; and for Washington, their rebuild will still continue as they finish at 4-12.