Washington Redskins

The team's playoff aspirations rest on one man… or I should say one knee.  If Robert Griffin's knee holds up, this team can get back into the playoffs.  The Redskins haven't had this much of a dependence on one player since they were led by Hall Of Famer Sammy Baugh.

 

RG3 needs to slide and run out of bounds more when he uses that 4.3 speed of his, but his offensive line needs to protect him better as well.  Even after RG3 was knocked out of the Seahawk game, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins was repeatedly beaten into the turf by Seattle's defensive front.

 

Washington welcomes the return of key defenders Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker.  GM Bruce Allen added talent to the secondary in the draft.

 

Washington doesn't have enough talent to make a deep playoff run even if Griffin stays healthy, but it will certainly help their future prospects if they make back-to-back playoff appearances.

 

Best Offensive Player: Trent Williams

Best Defensive Player: London Fletcher

Projected 2013 Record: 10-6

 

 

New York Giants

Tight end Brandon Myers and 3rd receiver Rueben Randle will give the Giants an insurance policy in case Hakeem Nicks gets hurt, which has been the norm for Nicks.  David Wilson is poised to take the number one running back job for years to come.  Wilson will have plenty of room to run, especially running behind New York's solid offensive line.

 

The Giants could end up leading the league in scoring, and may need to do that because this isn’t the Giants defense of years past.  The pass rush is weaker than it has been in years.  Justin Tuck’s best years in the rear view mirror.  Jason Pierre-Paul is coming off back surgery.  Chase Blackburn is gone.  The linebacking core will once again be a weakness and will put pressure on an oft injured secondary. Safety Stevie Brown is lost for the year, after going down in the preseason.

 

Unless this offense puts up record breaking numbers in 2013, the Giants will fall short of their 3rd Super Bowl in 6 years.

 

Best Offensive Player: Chris Snee

Best Defensive Player: Jason Pierre-Paul

Projected 2013 Record: 10-6

 

Dallas Cowboys

$55 million dollars guaranteed. $55 million dollars guaranteed. No, I'm serious. That's the amount of money Owner Jerry Jones gave a past his prime turnover machine, who shrinks in the biggest of games.

 

This team may get to the playoffs in spite of their negative quarterback situation.  DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer have formed one of the best edge-rush tandems in football.  Sean Lee and Bruce Carter are the most athletic set of cover linebackers east of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Terrence Williams give Romo one of the best playmaking and pass catching sets in the NFL.

 

Best Offensive Player: Dez Bryant

Best Defensive Player: DeMarcus Ware

Projected 2013 Record: 6-10

 

Philadelphia Eagles - 6-10

New HC Chip Kelly brings speed, speed and more speed to Philadelphia.  Kelly will emphasize the running game.  LeSean McCoy should have a great year running behind, assuming it stays healthy, the most athletic offensive line in football.

 

Kelly's innovative mind, and the very talented Eagles' running game, should make the offense successful as a whole.  The addition of playmaking tight end Zach Ertz will allow Kelly to run more two-tight end sets and take pressure off of receiver DeSean Jackson.

 

Philadelphia’s problem will be its defense.  They have a new scheme, a new defensive coordinator and a new secondary.  Billy Davis has a lot of experience as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, he's just not very good at the job.  The Niners had the 30th defense in points allowed in 2005.  They were last in 2006. The Cardinals were 14th in 2009 and 30th in 2010.  Every time you see an Eagles' win this season, expect Philly to score in the high 20s and in the 30s.

 

A last place finish in the division seems likely for the Eagles.

 

Best Offensive Player: LeSean McCoy

Best Defensive Player: Fletcher Cox

Projected 2013 Record: 6-10