1. Dallas Cowboys
Toward the end of last season, Dallas established themselves as one of the best teams in football. Last season, the Cowboys ranked as one of the best offenses because their offensive line was a terror. Along the offensive line, the team boasts three first round picks and another player that possessed first round talent in this year’s draft, La’el Collins. Besides the offensive line, the team is blessed with a solid quarterback, Romo, one of the best wide receivers in the league, Bryant, and a steady tight end, Witten. The one deterrent for Dallas will be their defense. If the Boys can once again rank in the middle of the pack in defense, 15th, which is expected with the addition of Greg Hardy and Sean Lee, they should remain a Super Bowl contender.
New York Giants
The Giants have a lot of pressure this season to make the playoffs, but possess the talent to fulfill their goals. The Giants will at least have a chance in every game because they have a dynamic offense. Last season the Giants’ offense was good, but they should be able to take a step forward with a whole season from Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz, and a slightly improved offensive line. If the O-Line can keep Eli upright, the G-Men can compete with the Boys for the best offense in the division. On defense, they have a lot questions, especially if JPP cannot rush the passer as effectively as last season.
No team had more questionable moves this season than the Philadelphia Eagles and Chip Kelly. Their entire team will look different, but most importantly they will have a new quarterback, running back, and number one receiver. Unfortunately, the only position in which they may have improved is the running back position, DeMarco Murray instead of LeSean McCoy. Over the past few seasons, the Eagles have been able to rely on the offense to hide their faulty defense. Although the defense has been one of the five worst in the past two seasons, they have building blocks that can drastically improve their club, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Rowe, Malcolm Jenkins, and Byron Maxwell.
Over the past two seasons, the Redskins have been awful and extremely inconsistent because of faulty quarterback play. Whether it has been RG3, Kirk Cousins, or Colt McCoy, the quarterbacks have not been able to take control of the offense, which possesses quality weapons, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Alfred Morris. On defense, the Redskins have talent, but not enough to make up for an anemic offense. The pride of the defense will be their front seven, which consists of starters Stephen Paea, Terrence Knighton, Jason Hatcher, and Ryan Kerrigan.