NFC East teams draw bigger crowds, bring in more money and drive higher television ratings than the rest of the NFL. Is it deserved? Who knows. For whatever reason, people can’t seem to get enough of the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and Redskins.
Here is our off-season review and projected records for each team in the NFC East.
NFC East: 2016 Spring Review
Best Free Agency: Philadelphia Eagles
It’s temping to pick the Giants here given their defensive line additions, but history says splurging like that does not end well. Meanwhile, Philly shed their worst contracts and improved several of their weakest positions.
Worst Free Agency: Washington Redskins
When you build through the draft, free agent losses are inevitable. Losing Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher up front will be felt and there are a lot of questions at cornerback.
Best NFL Draft: Washington Redskins
That being said, Scot McCloughan appears to have hit another solid draft class. Su’a Cravens may be the next Troy Polamalu and Josh Doctson gives Washington an absolutely ridiculous wide receiver corps.
Worst NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys
With an offensive line this good it seems unnecessary using a top five pick on a running back. Dallas is in win-now mode and would have been better served by taking Jalen Ramsey or a defensive end.
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NFC East: Projected 2016 Finish
Dallas Cowboys: 10-6
A healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant alone should count for four more Cowboys wins. Adding Ezekiel Elliot should give them an elite offense again. Their window is small and the time to strike is now.
Washington Redskins: 9-7
If Kirk Cousins repeats what he did in 2015, Washington can improve on their record. However, Cousins benefited from an easy second half of the schedule. They’re on the rise, but they won’t really own the NFC East until 2017.
Philadelphia Eagles: 6-10
The Eagles set themselves up for the long run by dumping DeMarco Murray, Riley Cooper and Byron Maxwell and drafting Carson Wentz. For now, they’re in for a couple of rough years as they escape Chip Kelly’s mess.
New York Giants: 5-11
Awesome defensive lines helped propel the Giants to two Super Bowl titles already this decade. Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison will no doubt help, but this team has too many other holes to really compete.