Once again the Dallas Cowboys’ will have the opportunity to gain the NFC East crown. Each team will have several question marks going into this upcoming season.
Coming off their third straight 8-8 season, the Cowboys’ will be looking to finally get over the hump. Last season, the Cowboys’ finished 5-1 in the NFC East before the injury to Romo. The Cowboys’ also had a shot to make the playoffs the last three seasons only to get eliminated by all of their NFC East rivals. Tony Romo is coming off two straight back surgeries which is a cause of concern for the team moving forward. If Romo is lost early on in the season due to injury, the team will be in danger of finishing last in the division. The Cowboys’ also must have concerns regarding a defense that finished 32nd in the league last season. The Cowboys’ are going into the season with several unproven players that the team hopes can step up in major ways. Regardless, Romo’s health and the defense will be their major question marks to watch this season.
New York Giants
The Giants always seems to be a question mark going into each season because you never know what team will show up. The Giants finished the 2013 season at 7-9 and it could have been much worse if it wasn’t for a late playoff push. They have struggled with consistency the past few seasons on both sides of the football. Eli Manning has had trouble with turnovers throwing 27 interceptions last year. He also was sacked a career high 39 times. Since the their last Super Bowl victory where the defensive line was dominate. It has been anything but dominate recently with the losses of Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. So far the Giants haven’t looked great in the preseason. With question marks at quarterback, offensive line and defense the team could be headed towards another inconsistent season.
The Eagles beat out the Cowboys’ in the win or go home game last season. The Eagles had one of the most explosive offenses in the league and the same expectations apply for this season. The Chip Kelly led offense was a success. Nick Foles is coming off one of the most dominate seasons for a quarterback in NFL history. LeSean McCoy is showing no signs of slowing down as he become arguably the best running back in the league alongside Adrian Peterson. However, the Eagles had issues on the defensive side of the football. The defensive front had issues getting pressure on the quarterback and the secondary really struggled in particular the safety position. Right now it could be said that the Eagles are the best team in the NFC East, but if their defense continues to struggle they will keep the door wide open in the division.
The Redskins struggled mightily all of last season ending at 3-13. The team battled controversy in the locker room between the Shanahan’s and RG3. RG3 battled his knee injury all of last season and it clearly affected his ability to perform consistently. The Redskins also has issues on defense and special teams. The Redskins have the potential for a potent offense with the addition of Desean Jackson and the workhorse running style of Alfred Morris. If RG3 can play smart and learn to take less shots on his body, the Redskins can be dangerous. However, going into this season with questions at the head coaching position, offensively, defensively and special teams it could suggest another last place finish in he division.
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