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NFL Kickoff: The 2020 NFC East

No team has won the NFC East two years in a row in almost 20 years. Can 2020 be the year that streak ends? Let’s look.

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NFL Kickoff: The 2020 NFC East

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The status of the 2020 NFL Season seemed to hang in the air, drifting wide of the uprights for months. As we all watched with bated breath as the league hurdled towards disaster, the league sat back and came up with a plan of changes to ensure that players and coaches remain safe and healthy.

The NFL miraculously split the uprights and now we’re playing football in 2020.

So we’re looking at each of the NFL divisions and diving into how they fit into the new NFL landscape and how they’ve spent the offseason prepping for a run at the Lombardi trophy this season.

Let’s dive right in and talk about the NFC East.

The Washington Football Team – 3-12 in 2019

The freshly renamed Washington Football Team. After bringing in Ron Rivera as a new head coach and drafting Chase Young with their first pick, Washington has made more moves to grow and become more competitive this season. With Alex Smith returning for his leg injury, Dwayne Haskins has to be on his game.

The biggest change this offseason was letting Jay Gruden go and replacing him with the much more competent Ron Rivera as Head Coach. The franchise currently has a weight of drama between the name change and multiple allegations against Dan Snyder. Aside from these off the field issues with the team, Washington is pretty deep in a rebuild. This team probably has 2-3 important games this season.

Rivera unfortunately was recently diagnosed with cancer and still plans to coach this season. We hope he has a speedy recovery.

4th in the East. Finish the season 5-12.

The New York Giants – 4-12 in 2019

The Giants are fully committed to rebuilding. Joe Judge sounds like he could be a good head coach, but we have to see. If this team doesn’t show improvements, I don’t expect to see Dave Gettlemen in the building ever again.

Daniel Jones added about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, officially getting his quads the same kind of recognition that Saquon gets.

The Giants drafted two offensive tackles in the first 3 rounds of the draft this year. Gettleman and Judge know they need an offensive line to get Saquon through holes and to keep Jones upright. It feels every year we are getting closer to a more competent offensive line for this team, and when it’s finally there this offense if going to be solid. If Jones can cut back on the fumbles, he will have a solid year of growth with Jason Garrett as the new OC.

Completely new coaching staff with a growing QB and offensive line, all you can hope for is to be competitive and get close to .500.

3rd in the East. Finish the season 8-8.

The Dallas Cowboys – 8-8 in 2019

CONTRACT YEAR DAK! I mean, that’s what’s going to make or break this team. If Dak plays for that contract the Cowboys are going to win the division.

With a new coaching team in place, Mike McCarthy should be able to help Dak put up great numbers and help this team win. I firmly believe that Jason Garrett held this team back for years. If Amari Cooper can ball out and Ceedee Lamb can make a great #2 WR, Zeke should be able to eat while the passing game flourishes. With their Big 3 on offense and a solid defense, expect a double digit win season from these guys.

1st in the East – 4 seed. Finish the season 11-5

The Philadelphia Eagles – 9-7 in 2019

As I’m writing this Carson Wentz has a soft tissue injury and is list day-to-day. With the team drafting Jalen Hurts this year they have bought a little insurance for when Wentz gets hurt. This team can be a Super Bowl contender with a healthy Wentz… but that’s the thing, isn’t it?

Adding another pass-catcher with Jalen Reagor in the first round will help fortify one of the weak points the Eagles have had in the past. Zach Ertz will be looking for a contract this summer as one of the top Tight Ends in the league.

With a Doug Pederson still being a top head coach, they will be right in the thick of it with the Cowboys. I just think that the Cowboys have made more changes and have better talent. Look for Philly to be forced into one of the Wild Card spots.

2nd in the East – Wild Card. Finish the season 10-6.

Division Winner: Dallas Cowboys

No team has won this division two years in a row in almost 20 years. The Cowboys take this year and keep that streak alive. With the additional Wild Card slot added, even if Philly does manage to take the division both teams should be in the playoffs this year.

Lighting Designer by day, sports fan the rest of the time. New York City is the best city on Earth. Getting mad over the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers occupies most of my time. Bowling and Golf are the only sports I can play. Joey Chestnut is America's greatest athlete.

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