Sunday, September 4, 2011

2011 NFC East Preview

Finally onto the NFC. No offense Raider fans, but we all know this blog caters to the 49ers and isn't a 49ers only blog because I want the freedom to talk about other happenings in the sports world. But, on with the show, as pound through our NFC Previews and finish off with the award and playoff predictions.


Philladelphia Eagles, 1st Place

QB Michael Vick, RB LeShawn McCoy, RB Ronnie Brown, WR DeSean Jackson, WR Jeremy Maclin, LT Jason Peters

Defense: DE Trent Cole, LB Casey Mathews (R), CB Asante Samuel, CB Nhamdi Asomugha, SS Nate Allen, DE Juqua Parker

The Eagles do have some chinks in their armor and are a very fragile bunch, but if all stay realitively healthy, they could have a tremendous season and should be Super Bowl contenders. It's a tough NFC East though this year, and they need Vick to keep it up and McCoy to step it up in order for that offense to be elite. You know your good when you have a guy like Brown as a backup/goal line guy! Defensively, you'll have to beat them with the run, cause their ends will pressure you and they have the best secondary in the NFC (maybe NFL), after adding the big guy this summer, then Rogers-Cromartie through the Kolb deal with Arizona. You just won't be able to pass on them and they'll be too tough to stop offensively.
Record: 13-3


2nd Place, Dallas Cowboys *Wild Card*

Offense: QB Tony Romo, RB Felix Jones, WR Miles Austin, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jason Whitten, LT Doug Free

Defense: LB Anthony Spencer, LB Bradie James, LB Keith Brooking, LB DeMarcus Ware, CB Terrence Newman, FS Gerald Sensabaugh

If it weren't for the Cowboys young and un-polished O-line, they'd be an elite team, but if that line gels, lookout. They have talented youngsters, but some journerman as well, but as long as Tony Romo does his thing and Felix Jones takes off, the Cowboys offense will be at full strength. The defense, especially the front-7, is as good as it's been in a while, as they sport the 2nd best LB crew in all the NFL to only Pittsburgh. They also have a healthy Newman at CB, but other than that, their secondary is hit or miss.
Record: 10-6


3rd Place, New York Giants

Offense: QB Eli Manning, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RB Brandon Jacobs, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Mario Manningham, RT Kareem McKenzie, LT Will Beaty

Defense: DE Justin Tuck, DE Osi Umenyiora, LB Mathias Kiwanuka, CB Corey Webster, FS Antrel Rolle

The Giants have a power-built rushing attach, but for some reason want Manning to throw the ball 50 times a week, and he makes too many mistakes to do that. He's a very good QB when he can work off the run, but to ask him to throw 75% of the time is too much. They say they'll mix Jacobs in a lot more this year and he looks good, plus that line is as tough as ever. I think the Giants are in for a nice year on offense, defensively is another story though. They need some guys to step up and play well and rebound from off-years.
Record: 9-7


Washington Redskins, 4th Place
Offense: QB Jon Beck, RB Tim Hightower, WR Santana Moss, TE Chris Cooley, RT Jamall Brown

Defense: LB Ryan Kerrigan (R), LB London Fletcher, LB Rocky Mcintosh, LB Brian Orakpo, CB DeAngelo Hall, SS LaWan LaRon Landry, CB Josh Wilson (R)

The 'Skins D is defnitely on the up-and-up. They too are stocked with their 3-4 set with top linebackers built for the scheme and have some play-makers in their secondary, although they also give up the big play too often. Overall, you put their D with a good offense and I think you'd have something. I know Hall gets the wrap for his antics, but he makes plays and I expect huge things out of rookie Josh Wilson. Still a ways away though with their overturn at QB and RB.
Record: 4-12

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