1) Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are simply put a loaded football team. They remain as the top contender for the NFC East and it is easy to see why. They made a decision to go with Carson Wentz at Quarterback and let Nick Foles leave, was that the right move? Only time will tell, but if Wentz stays healthy all season long the Eagles may find themselves making a deep run at the Super Bowl yet again.
On offense the Eagles became much better this past offseason upfront, resigning three offensive linemen and drafting Andre Dillard in the first round, and they did not stop there in improving the offense. Skill position-wise they brought back fan-favorite Desean Jackson and added Running back Jordan Howard to an already loaded backfield.
On defense, the Eagles added upfront help by signing DT Malik Jackson to a three-year deal, signed DE Vinny Curry, and re-signed CB Ronald Darby to a one-year deal. Throw in the fact that the front office and Head Coach are among the best in the NFL and you have, barring serious injuries (Wentz), the best team in the division and one of the best teams in the entire NFL.
Record 12-4 (Division Champion)
2) Dallas Cowboys
The biggest concern with the Cowboys as always is the circus that the Cowboys seem to breed. Dak turns down 30 million a year, Zeke is sitting out. Normally a Running Back is not a make or break position for a team but it may be just that with the Cowboys. I am going to assume the Cowboys will have Zeke game one and if they do they are a serious playoff contender.
The Cowboys made some moves at Wide Reciever, releasing Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Terrance Williams, and bringing in veteran Randall Cobb. Of course, they added Amari Cooper last year which was a turning point in their season.
On defense, they stayed relatively pat and resigned the guys they already had and they did add Robert Quinn, but he’s suspended for the first two games of the season. This season will tell us a lot about the direction that the Cowboys will be headed in the next few years.
Record 10-6 (Wildcard)
3) Washington Redskins
A big change Washington made was signing the New York Giants former safety, Landon Collins. They then signed veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Redskins had a big-time defense last year but the questions were all on offense last year and this year looks the same.
At Quarterback it appears the Redskins will either go with veteran Quarterback Case Keenum or rookie first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins. No matter who they go with, neither seems to be a very appealing choice at this time. Also, can Adrian Peterson do what he did last year?
The good news for the Redskins is that if Haskins pans out they may have enough talent around him to be a contender in a year or two.
4) New York Giants
This has the makings of a soap opera with Eli Manning and Daniel Jones battling it out for the starting Quarterback position and my guess here is that by midseason we will see Jones starting. The biggest issue is that after an offseason with a ton of moves the offensive line will still be a huge issue with this team.