September 2, 2013 in Sports

2013 NFL Preview: NFC East

 

Washington Redskins

NEW FACES

S Bacarri Rambo, CB David Amerson, TE Jordan Reed, CB E.J. Biggers.

KEY LOSSES

LB Lorenzo Alexander.

STRENGTHS

QB, RB, WR.

WEAKNESSES

S.

EXPECTATIONS

QB Robert Griffin III revitalized franchise, helping produce first NFC East title in 13 years. He has potential to revolutionize league with running and passing abilities, but missed all or part of four games last year because of injuries and had reconstructive knee surgery in January. If healthy, Redskins are must-watch team. Griffin isn’t afraid to speak his mind, even when he disagrees with coach Mike Shanahan, and power play between two is worth watching. Defense ranked 30th vs. pass last season, and hope for improvement lies with rookies Rambo and Amerson and return of S Brandon Meriweather from knee surgery.

New York Giants

NEW FACES

OT Justin Pugh, TE Brandon Myers, PK Josh Brown, DE Damontre Moore, LB Dan Connor, DL Cullen Jenkins, S Ryan Mundy, CB Aaron Ross, DT Johnathan Hankins.

KEY LOSSES

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, MLB Chase Blackburn, LB Michael Boley, DT Chris Canty, S Kenny Phillips, TE Martellus Bennett, PK Lawrence Tynes.

STRENGTHS

QB, WR.

WEAKNESSES

LB, OL.

EXPECTATIONS

Another second-half swoon saw Giants miss playoffs for third time in four years. This year, there are questions about offensive and defensive lines, linebackers and, suddenly, safety with loss of Stevie Brown to knee injury. If everything comes together, Giants may have chance to play Super Bowl in their backyard. That’s asking a lot. . NFC champion will use Giants’ facility to train for Super Bowl. That likely won’t be Giants.

Dallas Cowboys

NEW FACES

S Will Allen, LB Justin Durant, TE Gavin Escobar, C Travis Frederick, DT Nick Hayden, LB DeVonte Holloman, RB Joseph Randle, TE Dante Rosario, CB B.W. Webb, S J.J. Wilcox, WR Terrance Williams.

KEY LOSSES

RB Felix Jones, WR Kevin Ogletree, S Gerald Sensabaugh, DT Marcus Spears.

STRENGTHS

QB, TE, LB.

WEAKNESSES

OL, S.

EXPECTATIONS

Coach Jason Garrett’s job could depend on Dallas ending three-year playoff drought. QB Tony Romo got richest contract in franchise history and needs to back it up with first extended postseason run of career. Big concern is uncertainty at guard after injury-plagued training camp.Romo has some good weapons if RB DeMarco Murray and WR Miles Austin stay healthy as complements for WR Dez Bryant. And there’s reliable TE Jason Witten.

Philadelphia Eagles

NEW FACES

QB Matt Barkley, TE Zach Ertz, RT Lane Johnson, NT Isaac Sopoaga, DT Bennie Logan, LB Connor Barwin, CB Cary Williams, CB Bradley Fletcher, FS Patrick Chung, SS Earl Wolff, P Donnie Jones.

KEY LOSSES

WR Jeremy Maclin, WR Arrelious Benn, LB Jason Phillips, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DT Cullen Jenkins, DT Mike Patterson.

STRENGTHS

RB, QB, OL, DL.

WEAKNESSES

WR, DB, LB.

EXPECTATIONS

New coach Chip Kelly injected new life and new philosophy into franchise stuck doing things same way for too long under Andy Reid. Playoffs a long shot but offense should be exciting. Playmakers LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Mike Vick can thrive in Kelly’s system. Defense has to find way to keep team in games. Switch to new 3-4 alignment could take time.

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