Posted on: August 27, 2009 6:49 pm
The Eagles proved last year that the NFC East is the best division in football. They went to the NFC Finals despite going 2-4 in the division and getting swept by last placed Washington. If that doesn't prove parity I don't know what does.
The Eagles are the hardest team to figure out this season. I could see them win the East with their talent, but I could also see them finish last due to chemistry issues and injury concerns.
The Giants are probably the safest bet this year. Even if the recievers don't pan out I have a hard time imagining them going any worse than 10-6 or 9-7. Their reserve linemen are better than most team's starters. They are good where it counts: in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
Dallas has been totally overlooked this year, and I can't figure out why. Does the loss of TO really mean that much? This is the same team minus two significant players that everyone expected to win it all last year. Maybe the experts are just afraid to get burned again. If the defense can improve Dallas will be very good. The offense will not miss TO. Their season's success or failure lies with their defense.
The Redskins have the least pressure and most upside of any of these teams. No one in the media has predicted anything better than a battle for third place, with most placing them squarely in the cellar. There are no expectations, which could be a very good thing. The defense should be superb, and Jason Campbell will be playing with a chip on his shoulder during a contract season. That could go one of two ways, but if the line holds up I think Campbell has the skills to play smart, winning football.
As always with the Redskins, the difference between 8-8 and 10-6 is the ability of the offense to score 20 points a game. If they can manage that the defense will do the rest.
Injuries play a huge role for every team. But in the case of the NFC East I think that injuries will be the deciding factor in this very skilled, very even division. As always, the last man standing will win.
Posted on: July 11, 2009 1:25 am
I was looking at the Washington Redskin website a few weeks ago when I saw an article that caught my attention.
It was discussing the Redskin receivers and it mentioned that Santana Moss may currently be the best receiver in the division.
I love Santana, but I thought that the writer was being very biased by stating that Moss could be the best in the division.
Then I started to really think about it. The more I pondered it, the more I agreed with it. Santana Moss may well be the best receiver in the NFC East this season.
When I first started to think about this my mind went to the big guns. Surely Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress are better than Moss. Then I realized that although they probably are neither player is playing within the division this year.
Suddenly I became optimistic.
My next train of thought was to compare Moss to other receivers in the division.
Right away my mind went to Jason Whitten and Chris Cooley. They certainly are better than Moss. However, both are tight ends. If we are talking about all players that catch passes they would be ahead of Moss. But strictly regarding receivers eliminates these two from consideration.
Then I went roster by roster, considering each team’s best receivers.
Dallas’ big name is Roy Williams. Williams is a very popular receiver, but as I looked at his stats it occurred to me that he has only produced one breakout season. His 2008 result of less than 500 yards confirmed my belief that Santana is better.
The next team on my list was the Giants. I really do like several of their receivers, but none have proven that they can carry the load as a go to guy. If their late season collapse is any indication the Giants may be in more trouble offensively than many would think. They drafted Hakeem Nicks, who I think will be an absolute stud in the NFL, but as a rookie he won’t be able to put up the numbers of a Santana Moss.
Lastly I looked to the Eagles. This is the team that many believe will win the division. This is the team that has several receivers who could be legitimately compared to Santana Moss.
Kevin Curtis is the Eagles’ most reliable target. He is very under rated and my favorite Eagle receiver. But given his history with injuries and his career performance I can’t feel comfortable saying that he is better than Moss.
This brings me to DeSean Jackson. He may be the most explosive player in the division. He may also end up with the greatest overall career. He certainly is the cockiest receiver in the NFC East.
But I am a superstitious man. I believe in things like sophomore slumps and Madden curses. Therefore, if I was a betting man, I would take a player who has averaged around 900 yards a season over the last six years over a player who has only done it once.
The same logic can be applied to Jeremy Maclin. He has many sportswriters and Eagles fans abuzz with his skill set and potential. I’m cool with that. Just don’t expect me to rate him above an established veteran like Moss before he plays his first NFL game.
I am not guaranteeing in any way that Santana Moss will have the best season of any NFC East receiver. Injuries can take their toll on even the best players. Also Moss is coming off of a thousand yard season. He has never had back to back thousand yard seasons in his career.
It is quite possible that one of the players that I have mentioned will have a breakout season and leave Moss in the dust. But until this happens you must acknowledge that Santana Moss may very well be the best receiver in the division.