The second edition of the Wizard of Auzz series, the Wizard is fortune telling the NFC East.
One of the tighter division races last season, the NFC East only got better as a collective (yes, even the Giants got marginally better).
It will be a fun race to watch to see which team will come out as the division champ.
Lucky for you, valued reader, the Wizard has done all the work so that you can tell your friends two things: 1) who is winning the NFC East, and you’d be willing to bet everything on it. 2) *Once you’ve made the bet* about this brilliant article, and for them to go check it out!
Let’s get into the thick of it, shall we?
The Cowboys have done a lot of good as of late when it comes to roster building.
They have been drafting well over the past few years to the point where they are replenishing depth as it goes. Dallas has been able to compete with the better teams (Seahawks, Saints, etc.) while most of their star players are on rookie contracts.
The reason the Cowboys have been able to have moderate success as of late is that they plan ahead.
They drafted defensive tackle (DT) Trysten Hill and offensive lineman (OL) Connor McGovern. Both are projected depth guys currently but have the potential to slide in as full-time starters in the near future.
In free agency, they made sure that they kept their best defender in Demarcus Lawrence by locking him up to a 5-year deal. Keeping their defence in tack as much as possible will be important, as their division rival, Eagles, loaded up on offensive talent in the NFL Draft
The Cowboys will once again be a tough opponent in 2019. Unfortunately for them, they fail to gain any consistency.
Wizard’s Prediction: 9-7
New York Giants
The Giants did as much as they could during the offseason to suck in 2019, let’s just get that out there.
It started by trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. It was followed by allowing star Safety, Landon Collins to sign elsewhere – which happened to be their division rival, Redskins. Oof.
Next was the NFL Draft.
The Giants had a decent draft, let’s be fair. They filled needs in the secondary and along the defensive line. All those picks, however, were overshadowed by the dreadful pick of QB Daniel Jones at 6th overall.
This is dreadful because of the value. Daniel Jones just did not do good against better teams last year. He averaged a horrid 3.7 yards per attempt for each pass against Miami and Clemson in 2018.
That means he is dumping the ball off at an alarming rate. Almost like Eli Manning Jr.
Let’s hope Daniel Jones has a long and successful career, but for 2019, the record is in and it’s not good.
Wizard’s Prediction: 4-12
Two years removed from their Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots, the Eagles have established themselves as one of the better run teams in the NFL.
They had a fantastic draft highlighted by OT Andre Dillard, RB Miles Sanders, WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. All those guys have impact potential in their first year.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Howie Roseman, likely isn’t done adding talent that will help this team take off, especially if they get off to a lagging start to the season.
Can the Eagles make any noise this year? This will be heavily reliant on whether Carson Wentz can remain healthy. If he does, that bodes well for them as Wentz was a star in the making in 2017.
Unfortunately for Eagles fans worldwide that are reading this article, it still might only make them a fringe playoff team in 2019.
Wizard’s Prediction: 9-7
The Redskins have had one of the better offseasons in the league so far.
When it comes to free agency, they stole a highly talented Safety, Landon Collins, from their division rival, the New York Giants. The Redskins will be looking for Collins to lead their young, emerging defence to an improved year in 2019, and beyond.
During the NFL Draft, Washington really set themselves up for a bright future. They were able to hold out in the 1st round to draft their franchise QB, Dwayne Haskins, at pick 15.
Washington then saw a top-10 talent falling in the Draft and traded up for outside linebacker (OLB) Montez Sweat at the end of the 1st round.
Without diving too deep into it, the Redskins managed to revamp their WR core and offensive line in the middle rounds of the draft.
During the writing of this article, it has come out that the Redskins star left tackle (LT) Trent Williams has requested a trade, or to be cut from the team. Redskins fans are holding onto hope that the team will be able to make amends with Williams, as he is a key part in the team’s future success.
With that being said, the Redskins still have a top offensive line on paper, they just need to stay healthy. If Williams is in fact traded, the Redskins will have to pray that former 1st round bust for the New York Giants, Ereck Flowers, can turn himself into a capable LT.
All in all, after having a solid free agency and an even better draft, the Redskins primed themselves for a breakout campaign in 2019. This team has a young core on offence that has all the potential in the world. The only question now is when those young players will make the transition into the NFL.
Lucky for you, the Wizard has the answers.
Wizard’s Prediction: 10-6
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