Starting off the NFC is none other than the toughest division in the NFL, the NFC East. Filled with talent on both sides of the ball, with 4 solid QB’s leading their respective teams. Year after year this division is one to watch and keep an eye on, their games are intense and they too have a lot of storylines entering 2012. Will the defending Champs New York Giants miss the playoffs? Can Tony Romo lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl? What about Michael Vick and the Eagles, they have Super Bowl aspirations and are built to get there, can they stay healthy? How will RGIII do in his rookie campaign, he has to be mentally tough as he’ll get compared to Newton’s season. This division when it’s all said and done could be a lot more different but this is what I predict.
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EAGLES : I believe the Eagles will soar in 2012, Vick will remain healthy for at least 15 games and lead this high scoring offense filled with weapons. Putting up points won’t be a problem for the Eagles, it’ll be the defense as it got poor play from the LB’s in 2011, but they upgraded there by acquiring savvy vet DeMeco Ryans. Drafted a solid LB in Mychal Kendricks and Casey Matthews bulked up in off-season looking to lock in the other LB spot and the Eagles were terrible against the run, that’ll change in 2012. They lost Asante in the secondary but rookie Brandon Boykin’s is solid cover corner and DRC needs to find his groove, he’s fast but fast don’t mean you can cover, 2 solid young safeties in Allen and Jarrett. I got the Eagles starting the season 7-0, and they’ll show that they’re ready, it’ll be tough for anyone to stop the Eagles in 2012.
GIANTS : The defending champs will have their work cut out for them in 2012. They play a very tough schedule, especially in the middle of the season between their bye week. Some may say 10 wins is no respect for them, but I respect this unit a lot, especially their defensive front line that includes all-pro DE’s in JPP, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora whom can get you sacks and provide the pressure needed to make your secondary create plays. Eli takes yet another step in soldifying his resume, already one up in the ring category over his brother and now he has an excellent RB in David Wilson, playmaking WR’s with Cruz, Nicks, Jernigan and rookie Rueben Randle add in the big TE in Bennett and Eli will easily throw for more than 4500 yards and have another great season under his belt. I got the Giants losing tough games to the 49ers, Packers, Eagles and Ravens but able to pull off victories against the Saints and Steelers. All the Giants have to do is sneak into the playoffs, that’s how they win their titles.
COWBOYS : I got 9 wins for America’s Team, the Cowboys. Rightfully so that could rise to 10 or 11 wins but as I look at their schedule, I don’t see it. They start off the season 0-2 with them being @NYG and @SEA and they have an early bye week this season so they got to hope injuries to key players can be limited. The offense isn’t going anywhere, Dez just needs to keep his head in the game, Coale or Holmes is going to have to replace Laurent’s spot and the duo at RB is fast but injure prone. The addition of Brandon Carr helps solidify the secondary but you’d still be able to pass on the Cowboys as their rookie Claiborne will prove his worth as he’ll get picked on. The safety is a question mark, can Brodney Pool do well in Dallas? Bruce Carter is their long-term answer at LB and will be a solid LB with Ware and Lee. Looks like Cowboy fans will have to endure another disappointing season.
REDSKINS : Just like Andrew Luck, it’ll be growing pains for Robert Griffin III as his team plays a really tough schedule outside the division. With games at New Orleans, Bucs, Steelers and at home against Falcons, Ravens and Bengals with their young passing attack, I don’t see much victories out of that bunch alone. RGIII will do his thing and lead his team as best he can, but with unproven weapons (Garcon is a natural WR2 than WR1) and a “I don’t know which RB is going to start next week” game plan, it’s bound to fall short. Redskins don’t have the firepower to compete with the high scoring teams and suspect in the secondary will get their opponents a lot of points. The front 7 is their strong point with rising LB Perry Riley & Ryan Kerrigan and solid vet and sound tackler London Fletcher they’ll keep the Redskins in some games. Lone bright spot on offense will be TE Fred Davis, who will become Griffin’s security blanket. It’ll be a long season for Redskins fans but their moving in the right direction, who knows maybe Garcon will prove us wrong?