NFL Divisional Futures-NFC East
The NFC East should be one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season with three of the four teams each having an almost equal shot at winning the title. Last season it came down to final week of the regular season to decide the division crown and this year should be no different.
Philadelphia Eagles +140
On paper, Philadelphia is probably the most talented team in the division, but it failed to live up to expectations last season after a slow start deteriorated into an 8-8 record and an early end to its season. The Eagles are back this year with a new-found motivation and considering head coach Andy Reid’s sterling record after a down year over the past decade or so he has been a head coach in this league, they would have to be considered the front-runner in this extremely tight race. If quarterback Michael Vick can stay healthy for the majority of the season, Philadelphia should be able to climb back on top of the East this year.
New York Giants +200
The Giants won the NFC East last season with a 9-6 straight-up record and went on a tear that ended with them holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the second time in five years. Much of the credit has to go to head coach Tom Coughlin, who has worked his way off the hot seat in New York numerous times as well as quarterback Eli Manning, who continues to come up with big play after big play when his teams needs them the most. A Super Bowl hangover is never easy to cure, but the Giants should have enough juice in the tank for a serious run at the division title in 2012.
Dallas Cowboys +260
Tony Romo enters his 10th season in the NFL surrounded by the most pressure and scrutiny he has probably ever faced. Last season’s disappointing 8-8 SU record in which the Cowboys lost four of their last five games raises many more question marks for this team heading into the 2012 campaign. They have basically rebuilt their defensive secondary, which was one of the primary reasons for the collapse, but have some early injury concerns with first-round pick cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Dez Bryant situation also bears watching as the talented but troubled wide receiver may still have some issues with the NFL as a result of his pending assault case against his mom.
Washington Redskins +900
The Robert Griffin III era gets underway in Washington, but this team is going to need much more than that to compete with the other three teams in the division. The former Heisman Trophy winner will undoubtedly make his share of big plays as the Redskins new signal-caller, but the lack of surrounding talent on the offensive side of the ball, will make his new life in the NFL miserable at times. Fortunately, Washington’s defense should be able to keep the team in most of the games it plays after finishing last season ranked 13th in the NFL in total yards allowed. It will take another few seasons for the Redskins to work their way back to the top of the NFC East, but look for them to improve upon last season’s 2-4 record in the division with a couple of impressive wins along the way.
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