So, let’s take a second to think about this here. There was no preseason. 3 of the 4 teams in the NFC East have new head coaches. There have to be some growing pains, right? Let’s look back on the week that was!
You know me, I like to do power rankings. I feel like they’re totally useless, and are essentially a hyped-up version of “Who’s Hot and Who’s Not” when the more established columnists/sites do them.
I, on the other hand, like to have fun with them when I do them and bring in some interesting/different reasons for why I rank the teams the way I do. But you know me, and I enjoy doing things for fun. So, as we kick off Week 1 in the NFL, here’s how I have the NFC East looking.
We’re only days away from the start of a new season, and it’s time to check out the NFC East. This go ’round, I went ahead and asked some fans how they are feeling. I like to do that every now and then. It allows me to interact with old and new friends, plus get a different perspective on the teams.
I checked in with some great people to give me their thoughts on how their team will do this season. I asked how they feel the season will go, predict the team’s record, and then someone who they feel will stand out this season.
Carmichael played 14 seasons, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one for their division rival Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the 7th round of the draft in 1971 out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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There have been many debates over the years. Waffles or pancakes? Chocolate or peanut butter? Tastes great or less filling? Allow me to add one more related to the NFL draft: Best available or fill needs?
I decided to dig into which strategy works better by researching ten years of drafts from 2009 through 2019. I chose the best team in each NFL division based on the overall record from that same period. I first looked at statistics for each season for these eight teams.
Items such as points scored and allowed, offensive and defensive rankings in each season, sacks allowed and recorded, and depth issues formed the baseline for what I saw as team needs for each draft. Any player chosen that would help improve the team in any of these areas was seen as a need pick, not a best available. Here are the teams and my analysis:
It was a long season for both teams. Both the Eagles and the Seahawks had been injured throughout the season. The Eagles, however, despite inconsistent play earlier in the season, were able to put together a strong run at the end of the season to make it to the playoffs.
The Seahawks, despite injuries as well, we’re able to put together a strong season behind quarterback Russell Wilson. They also had a very late-season addition to the team in running back Marshawn Lynch to help bolster a running back corps that was depleted due to injury.
The NFC East. The only division in the NFL that a team has neither clinched a playoff spot or a division title.
At the beginning of the season, when Dallas was on a hot streak, one would have thought that they would easily run away with the division. But a 3 game losing streak sort of set their hopes and dreams of playoff contention back a bit.
And let’s not forget the Eagles, who at the beginning of the season were sort of lackluster and have fans questioning if they should have let quarterback Nick Foles go. They have now rattled off 3 wins in a row, to still keep them in the running for the division title.
It’s that time of year again. The time where the NFL starts to dole out their awards and hashtag campaigns kick into high gear. The Pro Bowl rosters have been announced, so the #ProBowlVote is done. But now the hashtag that will fill up your timeline until the day before the Super Bowl will be #WPMOY.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year. This is probably one of my favorite awards in all of sports. I don’t think there’s another major sport that has an award like this. (Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). It’s nice to recognize the players that are working hard in their various communities. It’s right up there with My Cause, My Cleats.
Week 13. It’s the home stretch. And it’s time to take a look at how the teams in the NFC East are faring.
After such a hot start, I thought for sure the Dallas Cowboys would be running away with the division and coming in hot, but they’ve cooled off considerably. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants really just seem to be floundering. Surprisingly, who’s got the hot hand? None other than the Washington Redskins. Here’s how it shakes out in my mind.
The top spot goes to the aforementioned Washington Redskins. Congrats to them, as they seem to have found a small bit of mojo, and have won their last 2 games. True, they had to work to win them, but after a really bad start to the season, it looks like they’re starting to slowly come around.