With the NFL Draft and free agency in the rearview mirror, there will be those people who make predictions division-by-division for the upcoming 2022 NFL regular season. There are always roster upgrades and downgrades each and every season. That is the business of today’s NFL.
The NFC East has not been very strong in recent years. They have not had a back-to-back division winner in a very long time. The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East title last season and there is sports news out there that is talking about whether or not Dallas can be that top team again this season. How will the NFC East shape out this season?
- Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a surprise over the last couple of years because remember when they tanked that game against the Washington Commanders two years ago and it got Doug Pederson fired? Well, they seem to be on the upward trend as of late after making it to the playoffs last season and the Eagles seem to be the favorite in the NFC East Division this year.
Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback of this football team and all eyes will be on him this year. This is his make it or break it season. They have done things to help him be successful. Philadelphia had one of the best rushing offenses in the NFL last season because of the offensive line led by Jordan Mailata. The Philadelphia Eagles also acquired wide receiver A.J. Brown in a trade on draft day from the Tennessee Titans.
Brown and Devonta Smith will be the top two wide receivers on this football team. They have a solid defense and drafted rookies Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean to help it out. Brandon Graham is still around as a leader on that defense.
Head coach Nick Sirianni has a lot to prove this year. General manager Howie Roseman has done better lately drafting, but time will tell.
- Dallas Cowboys
In a lot of people’s eyes, the Dallas Cowboys will be the favorites to win the Super Bowl (LVII), but we know that a lot of things happen year in and year out with this franchise owned by Jerry Jones. A lot of people believe that Dak Prescott is only a good quarterback for this football team and not a great one.
He lost Amari Cooper at the wide-out position to the Cleveland Browns via trade, but they still have CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. The offensive line isn’t what it used to be though. Kellen Moore, the offensive coordinator, might be auditioning for a head coaching job this year.
There are those that believe that head coach Mike McCarthy is not the right man for this job. He will be in his second year with this football team. However, they feel like defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is an adult in the room and Dallas’s defense improved last year because of him. Well, it helps to have Micah Parsons (Defensive Rookie of the Year) and Trevon Diggs on that same defense.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them win the NFC East title for a second consecutive season, but they downgraded at some key positions during the offseason though.
- Washington Commanders
The Washington Commanders will ride with Carson Wentz at the quarterback position this year. They traded away a couple of draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts for him. This may not turn out well for them. Taylor Heinicke and Sam Howell will be the second and third quarterbacks on Washington’s roster for head coach Ron Rivera.
Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas, Dyami Brown, and Jahan Dotson (rookie) will be their offensive playmakers. Can the defense led by Chase Young and Jonathan Allen, bounce back after a rough year last year?
- New York Giants
The New York Giants are the furthest away from competing in the NFC East. New York has a long way to go and rebuild. Head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen have a lot of work to do. It feels like they don’t exactly love Daniel Jones as the quarterback of the future and they’ll draft one in 2023.
There is a reason why Tyrod Taylor was brought in to be the backup. Can the offensive line hold up and how will the defense perform? Well, drafting Kavyon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal in the first round was a nice start to this rebuild. Can they get production from players like Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay, but are they frauds?