Predicting the NFC East

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Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second quarter at AT

Oct 13, 2013

From here forward, the season really starts to get interesting.  Every game will have an impact on which teams have a shot at reaching the post season and which teams start planning for the 2014 draft.  For the NFC East, it is very likely that the division winner is the only post-season participant.  Still a lot of football to be played, but looking at the standings today, it hard to imagine a wild card team coming from the NFC East.  So, let’s take a look at what each of the teams in the NFC East have left on their schedule and make some predictions.

DALLAS COWBOYS:

Current record: 5-4 (4-1 Home/1-3 Away – 3-0 Division)

Remaining Games (7):

> at New Orleans (SNF) – tough road game on paper for the Cowboys who barely squeezed out a win at home over the 1-6 Vikings; but in typical Dallas fashion, expect them to play up to the level of their competition and make a game of it (LOSS).

BYE

> at New York Giants – always a tough division road game against a team that may be finding its legs for another late-season surge (WIN).

> Raiders – home Thanksgiving day game that looked at one point like a solid W – now, not so sure (WIN).

> at Bears – looked at one point like the loss of Cutler might make this a winnable game; now looks like either Cutler is back by this game or that the Bears have already found his replacement in McCown (LOSS).

> Packers – if only this game could happen earlier in the schedule when Seneca Wallace was their QB; Rodgers should be back by this game and will make it a very tough contest to win for the ‘Boys; expect another shoot out like the Denver game (LOSS).

> at Washington – another team that has its sights set on repeating as division champs after the Cowboys have failed to put the division away; going to be a very tough late season contest against a team that will likely be breathing down Dallas’ necks for the division crown (LOSS).

> Philadelphia – very likely going to come down to this game for the third year in a row to determine the division champion.  Is the third time a charm for the Cowboys?  Your guess is as good as mine (WIN).

Predicted Finish: 8-8 (5-1 Division) – Division Winner

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