With less than a week away from the official kickoff, our NFL 2021 Division Prediction Series is shifting over to the NFC side.
Today, our series takes a look at the NFC East, and with how the division fared last year, anything can happen. Let’s see how it unfolds in 2021.
It was very possible that if Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott didn’t go down due to ACL injury last season, the Dallas Cowboys would’ve won the division. However, their rivals didn’t do much better so they could’ve won anyways.
But Dallas used this offseason to get more playmakers on both sides of the ball.
Some of the key moves the Cowboys made were drafting controversial Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, signing free agent safeties Keanu Neal and Malik Hooker.
With Prescott back, their offense should be in full form once again. However, there’s still some questions regarding their coaching. Can Mike McCarthy do better with an improved roster? With the Washington Football Team getting better now, the jury could be out in Dallas.
New York Giants
It was an eventful offseason over for the Big Apple’s NFC team.
Between teammates fighting each other to bringing prize free agents, the New York Giants are currently between the lines of trying to compete for a division title to perhaps looking to move on from some key players such as quarterback Daniel Jones.
Free agents the Giants brought in consists of wide receiver Kenny Golladay, cornerback Adoree Jackson, and the re-signings of defensive lineman Leonard Williams and offensive tackle Nate Solder.
The Giants have great upside, but if all of the teammates can’t get along, New York is going to be in serious trouble. This is a playoffs or bust scenario for the Giants, hope their cards are drawn right.
It’s unbelievable that the Philadelphia Eagles turned from a Super Bowl champion a few years ago to on the cusp of a rebuild.
From a new head coach in Nick Sirianni to a new signal caller in second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, all signs are pointing to a fresh start over in Philadelphia. Most of this is due to being millions of dollars over in dead cap too.
Such players that were let go from the Eagles were quarterback Carson Wentz, linebacker Nathan Gerry, and cornerbacks Cre’Von LeBlanc and Craig James. But they did bring in new players such as pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan and safety Anthony Harris.
Dead capmoney aside, we could’ve seen the swift changes from Philly coming after they traded away Wentz to Indianapolis.
This is looking to be a long year for the Eagles, but gotta find positivity somewhere. Maybe their new quarterback can bring them that in some games.
Washington Football Team
Under the leadership of head coach Ron Rivera and Comeback Player of the Year (now retired) quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Football Team pulled off a shocker on winning the division last season.
This season, WFT is looking to improve more on their recent success.
With Smith gone, the team brought in Ryan Fitzpatrick and resigned Taylor Heinicke to address their quarterback situation. And their other offseason include drafting Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis to their improved defense and signing Swiss Army knife wide receiver Curtis Samuel for offensive playmakers.
After all the controversy and adversity WFT has been internally and on the field, it was a breath of fresh air. However, can they sustain their success?
Things are going well right now in DC, just hope owner Daniel Snyder doesn’t mess around with them.
PROJECTED 2021 NFC EAST DIVISION STANDINGS
- Washington Football Team 11-6**
- Dallas Cowboys 10-7*
- New York Giants 7-10
- Philadelphia Eagles 4-13
The NFC East is going to neck-and-neck in this season once again, and in a dead heat between two teams, it will be the Washington Football Team clinching the division again at an 11-6 record. The Dallas Cowboys will finish a game behind in the standings, but does clinch a Wild Card berth in the process.
Inconsistencies will strike the New York Giants this season and have them finish with a 7-10 seasons. And the Philadelphia Eagles is embracing a rebuilding year, they are projected to have a 4-13 record in 2021.