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NFC East Could Boil Down to the Schedule

Posted on: August 31, 2009 3:54 pm
 
According to most self proclaimed NFL experts, the 2009-2010 NFL East division will boil down to a battle between the Philadelphia Eagles and the NY Giants, with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins trailing somewhat behind.  The more interesting point to this fodder is that most are projecting a 10-6 or 11-5 season for the Eagles, a 10-6 season for the NY Giants, a 9-7 season for the Dallas Cowboys, and an 8-8 season for the Washington Redskins.

Here's where I have to draw the line.

I happen to believe that the NFC East is one if not the most competitive division in the NFL.  Outside of home games versus away games, these teams all play the same schedule with the exception of 2 games each (just like other divisions).

The NFC East plays the AFC West and the NFC South this year, then each team hosts an NFC West team and visits an NFC North team.  All things considered equal, these could become the deciding games, or at least equalizer games.

Based on the NFL Scheduling policies, here are those matchups:

Dallas Cowboys
@Green Bay
Seattle

Philadelphia Eagles
@Chicago
San Francisco

NY Giants
@Minnesota
Arizona

Washington
@Detroit
St Louis

Given the competitive nature of this division in the first place, one would have to conclude that this scheduling favors, in this order, Washington (by a mile), Philadelphia, Dallas and the NY Giants.  If Washington can win these 'should win' games it could prove to be an incredible equalizer to the division.
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