4. Lack of NFC East competition
At the beginning of last season, Washington was expected to be at the bottom of the NFC East. And both the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles were expected to make playoff runs. By the end of the year, that entire prediction was flipped on it’s head.
New York took a giant step down last season despite returning with a majority of their Super Bowl winning team. Even though their core is still intact, it appears something is amiss in Gotham City. I’d expect more mediocrity from this team until Tom Coughlin’s job is put on the line again. Nothing spurs this group into action better then the possible firing of their head coach.
The Eagles are in flux after firing veteran coach Andy Reid and they are now moving forward with Oregon’s Chip Kelly. The big question in Philly is will Mike Vick return as their starting quarterback? Regardless, it’s appears the Dream Team might remain a nightmare for yet another sub-par season.
And Washington’s saviour, quarterback Robert Griffin III, will be recovering from off-season knee surgery and he’ll likely miss most of training camp and the pre-season. There will be major question marks surrounding his return concerning his speed or lack thereof. Without the full RG3, Washington could soon return to their previous losing ways.
This could be Dallas’ best chance to make the playoffs, even at 8-8.