I can't very well call these predictions premature anymore, can I? I mean, the preseason has started for heaven's sake. Anyway, today we'll be discussing the NFC East where every team could either be 5-11 or 11-5, depending on which teams show up from week to week. There are four very good quarterbacks, some pretty talented receivers, and a couple decent defensive units. So let's get going as fast as Jadeveon Clowney gets into the backfield. (BTW, if you haven't seen that video, stop reading this immediately, click the link, gawk in disbelief, then come back here and finish reading.)
Washington Redskins: RGIII won't get injured this year. The Redskins simply can't afford to put their franchise player in dangerous situations consistently. With how much they gave up to get him in the draft a year ago, I'm surprised they haven't covered him in bubble wrap from head to toe. Shanahan knows that a quarterback can't take that much of a beating, and he'll adjust the playbook to protect his investment. RGIII had 120 rush attempts last year. That's 43 more than their starting running back, Alfred Morris (77 for those who don't wanna do the math). I know he's talented, but they need him to be on the field in order for him to lead the team. He'll still run away from defenders on occasion and give everyone the exciting plays that they expect, but I bet his coaches are training him to pass more and sacrifice his body less.
Dallas Cowboys: It's time for Jason Garrett to update his resumé. He's already had the play-calling duties taken from him, so the writing seems to be on the wall for the Cowboys coach. In fact, I wouldn't be too shocked if Mr. Jones decides to dispose of his head coach during the season if things don't go as he expects. The Cowboys brass have put more pressure on Tony Romo this year, comparing his expected workload to be similar to that of Peyton Manning. Garrett better hope that Romo resembles Manning in more ways than one if he wants to keep his job past this year.
New York Giants:Hakeem Nicks will have the best year of his career this season. In his four years in the league, Nicks has failed to play a full season even once. He is no doubt a very talented receiver, but the team can't afford to pay him if he continues to be injured year after year, and he knows it. In this article, Nicks admits that his career depends on his health this year. I know it's one thing to say that and another to actually stay healthy, but players tend to tough it out a bit more when a big paycheck is on the line. Look for Nicks to surpass his career numbers in yards (1,192) and touchdowns (11) this year.
Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy will have over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Chip Kelly will find a way to get this guy the ball this year. McCoy is one of the best backs in the league, especially in open space and catching it out of the backfield. I expect to see him get about 1,300 yards rushing and 700 receiving this season as the focal point of the Eagles' offense. He had a down year last year, so he'll want to come back strong and show what he's made of for his new coach.