NFL 2022- NFC East Preview

Arguably the WORST division in the NFL yet again? The Cowboys HAVE to win it by a mile this year right? We don’t have the answers here honestly. If you’re expecting some magical prediction for this division we ain’t got it. Expect a little bit more of last year but hopefully that Cowboys nation doesn’t have to suffer yet again (Sarcasm is great right?).

Here is a quick preview of the 2022 NFC East Division!

Dallas Cowboys

  • Key Additions: WR – Jalen Tolbert, RT – Terence Steele, G – Tyler Smith
  • Key losses: WR – Amari Cooper, TE – Blake Jarwin
  • Starting Quarterback: Dak Prescott
  • Last season: 12-5

    2022 Outlook

    What more can we add besides the fact that Dallas SHOULD be winning this division? The short answer is yes. A 12-5 record and a season removed from Prescott’s ankle injury is promising to follow up on. We love the fact that Dak seems to adjust well to the pocket passing which is doing wonders for the CeeDee Lamb and Dalton Schultz of the world. In 2021 Dak had 596 passing attempts which tied his carer high in 2019. He’s running the ball less as he finished 14th overall in rushing attempts versus other QBs last season. Positives for Dallas are that their offense could be back to its peak finally. Ezekiel Elliot will play healthy, Dak is healthy, and Lamb looks to be trending as a top 5 WR in the league. New to the offense are some O-Line updates with Terence Steele at RT and drafting G Tyler Smith.

    What Dallas is built of will come early in the season. They face Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, and the defending champions, Los Angeles Rams within the first five weeks. However, the Cowboys can breathe as Weeks 6-8 sees the Eagles, Lions, and Bears before a Week 9 Bye Week. Division winners for sure but a contending team? That remains to be determined closer to the end of the season but nonetheless. At this rate, the Cowboys can’t regress unless their talent does (or becomes injured). Let’s face it, the elephant in the room is nobody trusts Dallas ever. Track their dominance over inferior teams before joining the hype train that the Cowboys are going to be a contender. For now another year of pretenders.

New York Giants

  • Key additions: WR – Wan’Dale Robinson, TE – Ricky Seals-Jones, TE – Jordan Akins, G Mark Glowinski, C Jon Feliciano, OT Evan Neal
  • Key losses: TE – Evan Engram, TE – Kyle Rudolph
  • Starting Quarterback: Daniel Jones
  • Last season: 4-13

    2022 Outlook

    Enter the era of Brian Daboll. One of the highly sought coaches this offseason finds himself in New York but still with a bit of a lackluster roster compared to his last team. If you’re lost, Daboll has been the Offensive Coordinator in Buffalo since 2018. His praise stems from turning the Bills into one of the most effective offenses in the league. Can he do the same with Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay? Probably not but those are some of the best names you’ll hear around a Giants practice.

    It’s not like the Giants went out and upgraded for Daniel Jones either. The team declined the 5th year on the QB and it just feels like a season where Tyrod Taylor is in the shadows ready to give Daboll some experimenting time with a rather more mobile QB. They let some veteran Tight Ends go and Ricky Seals-Jones is the next best target behind Golladay and Toney. At what cost will the Giants experiment with their existing talent? All signs point to a similar 4-5 win season. Bottom of the barrel yet again in the NFC East.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Key additions: WR – AJ Brown
  • Key losses: RB – Jordan Howard
  • Starting Quarterback: Jalen Hurts
  • Last season: 9-8

    2022 Outlook:

    If there is any support an NFL team is giving its young QB the Eagles are one of them. Here comes AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith lined up with football’s mobile QB scoring machine (from the ground). Are the Eagles going to be an overnight success this season? Meaning should we start to worry about them let’s say Week 7, that the Cowboys yet again are failing to separate themselves from a 4-3 Eagles team?

    Last season, Kenneth Gainwell shared the backfield with Miles Sanders but watched his role. Boston Scott and Jordan Howard took snaps at one point during the season when Sanders was hurt. Howard is still a Free Agent and Scott is back on a 1-year deal. This RB trio is set to share touches in the backfield all season long. The question now lies with Brown and Smith hopefully strengthening a WR core, will Nick Sirianni go back to a more balanced offense instead of a run-heavy offense like in 2021? This could see the Eagles running it back to a 9-8 or at best 10-7 record in 2022.

Washington Commanders

  • Key additions: QB – Carson Wentz
  • Key losses: TE – Ricky Seals-Jones 
  • Starting Quarterback: Carson Wentz
  • Last season: 7-10

    2022 Outlook:

    Well, the Taylor Heinicke era was short-lived and here we are. A somewhat clear upgrade over Heinicke but nonetheless Wentz finds a new team for the third year straight. Not only is the QB new and shiny in D.C. but the NAME, the UNIFORMS, IT’S ALL A NEW ERA! COMMANDERS! Alright, just making everyone ready to embrace the new name and not be shocked when you see Commanders roll across the news ticker. This roster is one of the more turnaround stories than last year’s roster. Wentz will be accompanied by the usual Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson, and they get Curtis Samuel back from injury.

    To Wentz, this could be a downgrade given that Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor are best comparing the supporting cast between his last team and now. Ron Rivera returns as Head Coach and Chase Young is coming back healthy. The division usually becomes a competition of the NFC’s worse battling it out. The ceiling for this team is to start strong. Detroit and Jacksonville are the first two weeks before having to see division rivals Philadelphia in Week 3. This is a huge time to push themselves into possibly one of the bottom seeds of the playoffs if they overachieve.

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