2017 NFC East Outlook

Posted: August 29, 2017 in NFL
Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys finished last season 13-3 and were the #1 seed in the NFC before falling to Green Bay in the divisional round. Jason Garrett, entering his seventh season as head coach, leads the Cowboys. Scott Linehan will enter his third season as the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys. Rod  Marinelli will lead the Cowboys defense for the fourth straight year.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 3rd Overall, 2nd Rushing, 3rd Passing

Defense – 18th Overall, 8th Rushing, 19th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: OT Doug Free, G Ronald Leary, DT Terrell McClain, ILB Rolando McClain, CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church, S J.J. Wilcox

Arrivals: DE Damontre Moore, DT Stephen Paea, CB Nolan Carroll

Top Draft Picks: DE Taco Charlton (Michigan, #28 overall), CB Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado, #60 overall), CB Jourdan Lewis (Michigan, #92 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Dak Prescott

Offensive Player of the Year: Zack Martin

Defensive Player of the Year: Sean Lee

Other Notable players: Dez Bryant, Ezekiel Elliott, Demarcus Lawrence, Byron Jones, Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith

Strongest position group: Offensive Line

Weakest position group: Front seven

New York Giants

The Giants went 11-5 last year and made the playoffs in the first year since long-time head coach Tom Coughlin’s departure. Ben McAdoo will be entering his second season as head coach of the Giants. Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan will enter his second year with the Giants. Steve Spagnuolo will be entering his third year as defensive coordinator.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 22nd Overall, 26th Rushing, 21st Passing

Defense – 2nd Overall, 2nd Rushing, 4th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: OT Doug Free, G Ronald Leary, DT Terrell McClain, ILB Rolando McClain, CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church, S J.J. Wilcox

Arrivals: QB Geno Smith, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Rhett Ellison, G D.J. Fluker

Top Draft Picks: TE Evan Engram (Mississippi, #23 overall), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Alabama, #55 overall), QB Davis Webb (California, #87 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Eli Manning

Offensive Player of the Year: Odell Beckham Jr

Defensive Player of the Year: Landon Collins

Other Notable players: Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Strongest position group: Quarterback

Weakest position group: Secondary

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles finished last season 7-9, which was last place in the NFC East. Doug Pederson will enter his second season as head coach for the Eagles. Accompanying Doug Pederson are second-year coordinators Frank Reich (offensive) and Jim Schwartz (defensive).

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 20th Overall, 11th Rushing, 25th Passing

Defense – 4th Overall, 13th Rushing, 2nd Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: QB Chase Daniel, RB Kenjon Barner, WR Dorial Green-Beckham, G Allen Barbre, NT Bennie Logan, DE/OLB Connor Barwin, CB Leodis McKelvin, CB Nolan Carroll

Arrivals: QB Nick Foles, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Torrey Smith, G Chance Warmack, DE Chris Long, DT Timmy Jernigan, CB Patrick Robinson

Top Draft Picks: DE Derek Barnett (Tennessee, #14 overall), CB Sidney Jones (Washington, #43 overall), CB Rasul Douglas (West Virginia, #99 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Brandon Graham

Offensive Player of the Year: Lane Johnson

Defensive Player of the Year: Fletcher Cox

Other Notable players: Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffrey, Jordan Hicks, Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Brooks

Strongest position group: Front seven

Weakest position group: Secondary

Washington Redskins

The Redskins finished last season 8-7-1 and missed the playoffs a year removed from finishing as divisional champions. Jay Gruden enters his fourth year with the Redskins with a 21-26-1 record. Matt Cavanaugh received an offseason promotion to offensive coordinator after serving as quarterbacks coach for two years. Greg Manusky also received a promotion this offseason to defensive coordinator after serving as linebackers coach last season.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 5th Overall, 4th Rushing, 5th Passing

Defense – 25th Overall, 24th Rushing, 24th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: WR Pierre Garcon, WR DeSean Jackson, C Kory Lichtensteiger, C John Sullivan, DT Chris Baker, DT Ricky Jean-Francois

Arrivals: WR Terrelle Pryor, WR Brian Quick, DT Terrell McClain, DT Stacy McGee, OLB Chris Carter, ILB Zach Brown, S D.J. Swearinger

Top Draft Picks: DE Jonathan Allen (Alabama, #17 overall), OLB Ryan Anderson (Alabama, #49 overall), CB Fabian Moreau (UCLA, #81 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Kirk Cousins

Offensive Player of the Year: Trent Williams

Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Norman

Other Notable players: Jordan Reed, Terrelle Pryor, D.J. Swearinger, Ryan Kerrigan, Mason Foster

Strongest position group: Offensive line

Weakest position group: Front seven

NFC East Preseason Projections
Team Projected Record 90% Confidence Interval Odds to win Division
Cowboys 9-7 6.2-9.8 12.8-3.2 41.2%
Eagles 9-7 6.0-10.0 12.6-3.4 34.2%
Giants 8-8 4.1-11.9 11.7-4.3 14.3%
Redskins 8-8 3.7-12.3 11.4-4.6 10.3%

 

 

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