The Sport Projections Blog recently released their NFC East predictions based on input from various Bloggers. Here's how us know-nothings saw things:
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Dallas Cowboys
- Washington Redskins
- New York Giants
If the hype out of Redskins Park (and elsewhere) is to be believed, Jason Campbell is every bit the quarterback Redskins fans hope he is and more. His work ethic has been outstanding and the praise from teammates and coaches has been effusive. With Clinton Portis returned, and Ladell Betts proving himself more than capable, the running game could easily improve on their 2200+ rushing yard performance of 2006.
The defense is instantly better, if only because they can't possibly get any worse. London Fletcher is an upgrade at ILB, and Rocky McIntosh is an upgrade over Warrick Holdman (now with the Broncos) on the weak side. Pierson Prioleau returns and will battle LaRon Landry for the safety spot opposite Sean Taylor, which should be an upgrade over Adam Archuleta. The secondary, which was an absolute disaster in '06, is much deeper and can survive an injury to Shawn Springs. David Macklin, Fred Smoot, and Jerametrius Butler are all more accomplished CBs than the two guys they replace.
At the end of the day, however, the defense has to pressure the opposing quarterback. If the defensive line repeats on their inept 2006 performance in this regard, there's still hope that upgrades elsewhere will allow a more aggressive scheme.
Left guard is the big question mark. If the rest of the line, which is loaded with talent (Randy Thomas, Chris Samuels, Jon Jansen, and Casey Rabach are all above average at their positions -- Samuels went to the Pro Bowl last year), can carry the newcomer, the line should be adequate in '07.
Here's what Sport Projections had to say about Washington: