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NFC East Power Rankings: Where Do The Eagles Rank?

The NFC East has been weak for some time. Nicknamed “The NFC Least” in 2020, the Washington Commanders won the division with a record of 7-9. In contrast, last season saw the division produce two playoff teams.

4. New York Giants

The G-Men are in trouble.

New York can be a difficult place to play. The fans can be demanding, especially due to their team’s recent lack of success. Daniel Jones is on his final chance. The team has the fifth and seventh overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Despite these premium picks, there are no elite quarterback prospects worthy of being selected that high.

While the Giants have an opportunity to select two premium prospects, they have so many holes to fill. Their offensive line requires a complete overhaul, with Andrew Thomas the lone long-term starter. The Giants must select the best players available at their position in the draft, prioritizing acquiring talent over best fit.

The G-Men have some promising young pieces on the defensive side of the ball. Azeez Ojulari was a revelation as a second-round pick for the Giants, tallying eight sacks and 27 pressures. He joins Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams in a strong defensive front, that can funnel pressured passes into the solid coverage of the likes of James Bradberry and Adoree’ Jackson.

The Giants are likely to occupy the cellar of the division. However, they will likely be more competitive with their competent defense and likely much improved offensive line.

The only thing for certain is this is the last chance for Danny Dimes.

3. Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders are a very unbalanced team.

The Commanders have an elite defensive line, perhaps the best in the league. The likes of Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne and Montez Sweat make for the most feared front four in the NFL. It is the rest of their roster that raises concerns.

Firstly, the Commanders traded for Carson Wentz. It is unclear if this move even upgrades the position from incumbent starter Taylor Heinicke. The perplexing transaction does not definitely improve the roster and is a serious gamble.

Secondly, the Commanders indirectly swapped offensive guards. The Jaguars signed Brandon Scherff in free agency, as Washington signed former Jacksonville lineman Andrew Norwell. Unfortunately, the Commanders came up second-best in the transactional flurry.

Thirdly, the Commanders lost depth across the defensive line, with Tim Settle leaving for the Bills and Matt Ioannidis to the Panthers. While the starters remain strong, the depth is significantly decimated.

Look for the Commanders to shore up the offensive line and secondary in the draft. Even with these additions, however, Washington will likely finish third in the rising NFC East.

2. Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have had a catastrophic offseason.

The reigning NFC East champions have endured the excruciating departure of countless key pieces in the offseason. Seemingly gathering speed like an avalanche, the offseason has left America’s team dazed and battered, sitting amongst the rubble.

We have compiled a list of their key losses in the offseason thus far:

  1. Amari Cooper – WR – Cleveland Browns

  2. Randy Gregory – EDGE – Denver Broncos

  3. Connor Williams – OG – Miami Dolphins

  4. La’el Collins – OT – Cincinatti Bengals

  5. Cedrick Wilson Jr. – WR – Miami Dolphins

  6. Keanu Neal – S – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  7. Greg Zuerlein – K – New York Jets

Safe to say the Cowboys are bleeding. They traded Amari Cooper and essentially netted a fifth-round pick. Randy Gregory initially agreed to terms with Dallas before bolting for the Broncos, due to a contract clause.

The Cowboys continued vomiting on themselves, allowing key offensive lineman Connor Williams and La’el Collins to walk out the door, turning their primary strength into an alarming weakness. They even further decimated their receiving depth by allowing the Dolphins to snatch up Cedrick Wilson Jr.

The Dallas Cowboys are decimated, dejected and deeply derailed. They have blinked and slipped down the NFC East totem pole. Their division dominance is clearly over. Quarterback Dak Prescott will need to carry this team into the playoffs with four of his key contributors suiting up for other teams.

1. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles overtake the Dallas Cowboys based on continuity and patience.

Philadelphia were calculated, calmly retaining players key to their success. They made mostly modest additions, signing Kyzir White and Zach Pascal for inexpensive deals that partially alleviated deficiencies.

Howie Roseman made a singular splash. At edge, the Eagles signed Haason Reddick to a three-year deal. Furthermore, the team was able to return key pieces like Fletcher Cox, Anthony Harris and perplexingly, penalty-prone edge defender Derek Barnett.

Furthermore, the Eagles have a plethora of valuable picks that they can use to further round out their roster. The absolutely deplorable wide receiving corps will likely see significant investment, as too will the linebacking group. In essence, Philadelphia had as close to a seamless offseason as possible.

The Eagles finished the season 7-3 in their final ten games, one of which they sat almost every starter. The momentum will likely carry into next season, where they will not need the first seven games to find their ground-and-pound identity.

We predict, much to our delight, that the Eagles win the NFC East.

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