Now that we’re at midseason, it’s a good time to look back at what the experts over at NFL.com had to say about the Cowboys and the NFC East heading into this year.
The Cowboys lead the division at 4-4, followed by the Eagles at 3-5, and both the Giants and the defending division champion Redskins are 2-6. What follows are the preseason picks and commentary from 11 NFL experts – you may be surprised at what passes for expert analysis with the benefit of hindsight.
Five of these experts picked the Cowboys to win the East, three picked the Giants, two picked the Redskins to repeat, and one brave soul put his reputation on the Chip Kelly Experiment in Philadelphia. We’ll start with him:
Adam Schein: Pick – Eagles. “Surprised? Don’t be. Nine wins might equal a title in this mediocre division. I believe in new coach Chip Kelly, and I think LeSean McCoy is in line for a fantastic season.”
Give Schein props for going out on a limb, and his reasoning is pretty sound. He nailed the division as mediocre, Eagles players have reacted positively to Kelly’s leadership, and Shady McCoy is tearing up the league. At the halfway point, his Eagles are just a game out with a heads up match still to go. Could the Cowboys play a Week 17 interdivisional game against a different rival for the NFC East title in a third straight year? Maybe. The Eagles have scored 10 points in their last two games – maybe NFL defenses have figured Kelly’s offense out, and this team will regress to where a rebuilding unit should be.
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