As one of the lowest performing divisions last season, the NFC East is looking to improve across the board this year. With three franchises pointing to new head coaches, this could be one of the most unpredictable divisions to calculate.
4. Washington Football Team
Rookie defensive end Chase Young will be a force on defense, but he won’t be the deciding factor in select games. With a core of players who are aging, head coach Ron Rivera is going to have his work cut out for him this season. On top of being a team with questions across the board, the drama within the executive office doesn’t help. All considered, Washington has an uphill battle in front of them.
Breakout Player – DE Chase Young
3. New York Giants
Similar to Washington, going into this year with a new coach in Joe Judge makes it difficult for the Giants to contend in the NFC East. As a former special teams coordinator, Judge comes in with expectations as a former staff member of New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick. For quarterback Daniel Jones, he needs to improve on multiple levels. This may not be the year the Giants leap to the next level, but it’s on the horizon.
Breakout Player – QB Daniel Jones
2. Philadelphia Eagles
If the Eagles can stay healthy, they can contend and take over the NFC East. However, injuries have been a common trend in recent years for Philadelphia. The team has seen multiple cornerstone players go down already; including guard Brandon Brooks and offensive tackle Andre Dillard. With head coach Doug Pederson entering his fifth year as head coach, the Eagles do hold a distinct advantage in their coaching staff.
Breakout Player – WR Jalen Reagor
1. Dallas Cowboys
Despite having improved in certain areas over the offseason, there are still obvious concerns for Dallas. Even after an excellent draft, the Cowboys still lost defensive talent due to free agency. This became evident when Byron Jones signed a lucrative deal with the Miami Dolphins. Still, their offense has enough depth to outmatch most NFL defenses; particularly their receiving core made up of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb. If incoming head coach Mike McCarthy can come in and change Dallas’ momentum, they will be a difficult franchise to stop.
Breakout Player – WR CeeDee Lamb