The NFC East has been one of the more dominant divisions in the NFL for the past decade, however last season only one team from the East made the NFL Playoffs; the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The rest of the division is comprised of the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys. All of these teams have made adjustments in the offseason, thus the NFC East should once again be a highly competitive division.
4. Washington Redskins projected 2012 record: 6-10 (2-4 in division)
The Redskins had a plethora of issues last season that resulted in poor play; however the future is looking brighter after selecting Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick in this years Draft. RG3 will look to revamp a Washington offense that had a tough time establishing its passing attack last season. The Skins also beefed up their offensive line, which finished a below average 25th in the NFL in rushing yards in 2011 by drafting guard Josh LeRibeus out of Southern Methodist University. Mike Shanahan is an architect and should design an offense that will utilize Griffin’s athletic abilities, however due to the strength of the division, this will most likely be another rebuilding year in Washington.
3. Dallas Cowboys projected 2012 record: 9-7 (3-3 in division)
The Cowboys have been one of the bigger let downs of the past decade, entering every season with Super Bowl like expectations, and often losing those dreams in a very careless way. On paper, they are one of the best teams in the NFL, with quarterback Tony Romo, veteran tight end Jason Witten, and the emergence of receivers like Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. Thus, there is no reason why Dallas should not at least make the playoffs each season. However, history has a tendency to repeat itself and so expect another below expectation finish for the Cowboys in 2012, with them just missing the NFL playoffs.
2. Philadelphia Eagles projected 2012 record: 11-5 (4-2 in division)
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off one of their worst seasons in the Andy Reid coaching era. Though they addressed several of their issues in the offseason, making sure to lock up running back LeSean McCoy who had the best single season of his young career in 2011 gaining 1,309 yards and scoring 17 touch downs. The Eagles traded up in the NFL Draft to get perhaps the best defensive lineman in the 2012 class, Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State University. If not for having the defending Super Bowl champions in their division, Philadelphia would be a lock to win the NFC East.
1. New York Giants projected 2012 record: 12-4 (5-1 in division)
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants should not disappoint their fans in 2012, winning the NFC East. Their lone division loss, hypothetically of course, will come against Dallas in week 8. New York should have a relatively easy time through the 2012 season and look for wide receiver Victor Cruz to continue his phenomenal play that had him total 82 catches for an unbelievable 1,536 yards in 2011.