With only two weeks until kickoff, we wrap up the NFC previews with the eastern division.
4. Washington Football Team
Washington changing their name is the most exciting thing to expect out of the team this season. Coming off a measly three-win season, it doesn’t look like it’ll get better from here.
There are plenty of issues across the board for this team but on the bright side, they can blame it on the rebuild year.
QB Alex Smith shook media after the team announced that he had been removed from the PUP list following a career-altering leg injury. Even though Smith is back in pads, this doesn’t mean that the quarterback situation has changed.
QB Dwayne Haskins seems to be the front runner to lead Washington this year but the offense faces major issues. While the running back group is decent, releasing Derrius Guice has set the team back in terms of talent.
Defensively, the team will be leaning on players like DL Chase Young, OLB Ryan Kerrigan and DT Jonathan Allen to try and keep the team afloat.
Washington’s biggest competition this year is themselves.
3. New York Giants
The Giants look good this year until you pull up their 2020 schedule.
New York hired Joe Judge as the head coach during this offseason. Judge was previously with the Patriots under Bill Belichick and will help bring in the new Daniel Jones era.
With Judge, this means that the Giants should be focusing more on their run game. Offensively, New York shouldn’t have much to worry about.
RB Saquan Barkley returns after an ankle injury and adds a huge playmaker to Jones’ weapons. The Giants also have receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate to help get the ball moving.
The holes for this team primarily lie on the defensive side. New York drafted S Xavier McKinney and signed former ILB Blake Martinez to help patch up rough spots and give this team a chance to compete.
2. Philidelphia Eagles
Philidelphia clinched the division last season with a 9-7 record.
Despite a second round pick of QB Jalen Hurts, the team still closely revolves around Carson Wentz.
Offense picked up numerous receivers, including Jalen Reagor of TCU in the first round, that could help fuel an MVP-caliber season, if Wentz stays healthy.
The Eagles’ defense is what can turn heads this season.
The pass rush wall of Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat should be facing little problems against opposing teams. Eagles also added Pro-Bowl CB Darius Slay, previously of the Detroit Lions.
Even though the team let DB Malcom Jenkins walk, who is now with the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles draft class also helped add some depth to build on their defense.
1. Dallas Cowboys
After firing head coach Jason Garrett, the shoes are now being filled by Mike McCarthy who previously had a run with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers, McCarthy only missed playoffs four times in 13 seasons.
The 2020 Cowboys have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. QB Dak Prescott comes in after throwing for 4902 yards and 30 touchdowns last season.
The most notable pick up for Dallas came during the first round of the draft with the selection of WR CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma. Lamb was considered by pre-draft boards to be the top wide receiver in the class.
Lamb joins receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as targets for Prescott. You also can’t forget about RB Ezekiel Elliott who has proven to be one of the best at the position.
Dallas’ defense improved their secondary by signing S HaHa Clinton-Dix, previously of the Chicago Bears. They also have DE DeMarcus Lawrence who has proven to be among the league leader in sacks.
The Cowboys have no excuses not to aim for the top this season.
Photo: (Pablo Martinez Monsivai/AP Photo)
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