Here are my explanations for my NFC East Predictions. I will repost the standings for the division and then give a little team by team breakdown to explain my reasoning for the specific record.
New York Giants..........7-9
I like the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East in 2012. Quarterback Tony Romo had a huge 2011 season completing 66.3% of his passes for 4,184 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. He has most of his receiving core returning. Running back DeMarco Murray had a strong rookie season and figures to only be better in year two. To go with what should be a potent offense, the Cowboys made upgrades on defense. Most importantly, they addressed their cornerback situation. Their biggest weakness in 2011, the Cowboys signed free agent Brandon Carr and traded up to draft Maurice Claiborne. The Cowboys should be in store for a good year.
The Philadelphia Eagles will go as far as quarterback Michael Vick carries them. How far Vick can carry the Eagles will depend on a very shaky offensive line. After a slow start in 2011, the Eagles defense seemed to figure it out. The strong finish left the Eagles in the same position they were heading into the 2011 season - with high expectations. The good news is the Eagles defense played well at the end of last season, they still have LeSean McCoy at running back, and receiver Desean Jackson is has a brand new contract. The bad news is the offensive line is still bad and it lost its best player in left tackle Jason Peters to a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. My prediction assumes Vick can make something out of a little and stay healthy; two highly questionable propositions. I think head coach Andy Reid, Vick and company figure something out. They have a lot of talent.
I love the additions the Washington Redskins made this offseason. I am a huge fan of Robert Griffin III. He is a special talent who I believe has more upside than Andrew Luck. The Redskins also solved some problems at receiver by adding Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan to go along with Santana Moss. Rookie running back Alfred Morris was great in the preseason and could prove to be another gem in the backfield discovered by head coach Mike Shannahan. I think Morris will have a huge impact. The offensive line seemed to gel a bit last year, but I still feel it is below average. The defense is a mix of very good to great players with below average players. Mix that all together with a reasonable schedule and I think the Redskins can break .500.
New York Giants
I have the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants finishing last in the NFC East. A year ago, this team barely made the playoffs and got hot at the right time. I am not sure they had staying power to carry over into this season to begin with. They suffered some big losses too. Running back Brandon Jacobs and wide receiver Mario Manningham are now both with the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants also have a slightly harder schedule than the rest of the division. Add that in with a potential post championship letdown and I think the Giants have a down year.