On paper, this should be the year of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Sure, the Eagles are going to be a threat and at times Ron Rivera will have you believing in Washington but at no point in the upcoming season will the New York Giants challenge for a division title.
Entering the 2020 season this is the first time in years that I actually believe in the Dallas Cowboys and here’s why. Take Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, an improved offensive line and sprinkle in rookie slot WR CeeDee Lamb and you have one of the most explosive offenses in the game.
The Cowboys also finally parted ways with Jason Garrett and replaced him with Mike McCarthy, who went 125-77-2 in the regular season in his 13 seasons as Packers head coach and won a Super Bowl. McCarthy for the first time in his coaching career will actually be backed by an organization that is willing to spend money to make money.
Clearly McCarthy will be coaching with a chip on his shoulder this year and unlike other new head coaches in the league this year, he has been handed a high-performance sports car. The Cowboys should coast to a division title and this should be the year the Cowboys at least make it to the NFC title game. They certainly have enough talent to get it done.
Dallas Cowboys: 11-5
Philadelphia Eagles: 9-7
Washington Football Team: 7-9
New York Giants: 6-10
The MIGHTY Line
You can’t underestimate the power of good coaching in the NFL which is why I have the Philadelphia Eagles finishing above 500 this year. Doug Pederson clearly is one of the best coaches in the NFL and will have to do another magnificent job trying to navigate a world that has given him a great injury prone QB in Carson Wentz.
Wentz who has struggled to even make it through non-contact practice enters the season with a series of nagging injuries which basically means that Pederson will have to turn to another QB at some point early in the season. Enter the 2016 6th round pick Nat Sudfeld who will be the next QB up in the Eagles rotation. You can also expect rookie Jalen Hurts to see significant playing time beyond the “change of pace packages” that the team has designed for him. The last line of defense for the Eagles at QB is 41-year old Josh McCown who is sitting on the practice squad.
Speaking of really good coaches, Ron Rivera takes over as The Washington Football Team head coach and has handed the reigns over to second-year QB, Dwayne Haskins Jr. The team has some really interesting running options and watch out for rookie running back Antonio Gibson to turn into one of the best running backs in the game. The WR group is young but second-year WR Terry McLaurin is one of the most versatile and exciting young wide receivers in the game.
The Giants hired Joe Judge as their head coach and entering the season there are more questions than answers about this team on both sides of the ball. Sure, the team has Saquon Barkley at running back who has looked great in training camp. The team could surprise a few people if QB Daniel Jones cuts down significantly on his rookie mistakes. The reality is Jones could be a franchise QB, the question is can he become that with a weak offensive line that the Giants have placed in front of him?