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July 25, 2010 8:34 PM

Packer Schedule Preview: NFC East

Training camps are opening around the league, including that of one of the Green Bay Packers' foes and chief contenders in the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys. Thus, this seems as good a time as any to evaluate the conference and give a sense of the level of competition.

On this site, I examine the NFC East. Each team in the division is on the Packers schedule this season, making it an appropriate one to take a look at on a Packers site. I also examine the NFC West (Green Bay hosts San Francisco in December) on Net Dugout, the NFC South on Bleacher Report, and the NFC North on Packer Chatters.

In each article, I will list the teams in the order I believe they will finish in their division, describe why, and then predict their playoff seed if applicable.2184041074_7144477e70.jpg

  1. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas is the only stable team in the NFC East, returning almost every single starter on both sides of the ball. Their offense and defense were in the top quarter of the league last season, and they shook the December/playoff failure monkey off their back in 2009. However, one of the toughest schedules in the league (road games against Green Bay, Minnesota, and Indianapolis plus hosting New Orleans, Houston, and Tennessee as well as a division competitive top to bottom) will lead to them having the worst record of any division winner in the conference.
  2. New York Giants: A team that fell off the map last season after a 6-0 start, their defense will perform closer to what it looks like on paper once they get Brandon Jacobs and their running game going again. This will be made easier by the development of a talented young group of receivers and the lack of any other great teams in the division. However, thanks to them having likely only three division wins, they will not be good enough to earn a wild card in a conference that has 11 legitimate playoff contenders.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles: Count me among those who think Kevin Kolb is not the answer now and maybe not ever: He has shown far less than Aaron Rodgers had with far more opportunity, and Philly fans and management will be sorry they let an elite quarterback go. The Eagles lack the running game to protect an inconsistent quarterback and no longer have the defense to cover for the resulting inconsistent offense. They still have the capability to beat any team, but can lose to almost anyone as well; that spells a mediocre record.
  4. Washington Offensively Named Ones: Owner Daniel Snyder made upgrades to his office furniture, receiving corps, quarterback, and most importantly, coaching staff in the offseason, but as with his previous upgrades, it will not be enough. If Albert Haynesworth is as dedicated as his trainer claims, this team has a legitimate chance at a playoff spot, but it is more likely they will fall somewhere between ten wins and ten losses (exclusive) and neither make the playoffs nor get a top ten pick in next year's draft.

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