1) Dallas: Bill Parcells nay-sayers can say what they want now that the “Massive Tuna” has when once more galloped off into retirement, but the uncomplicated truth of the matter is that the Cowpokes are a a great deal far better group now than they had been when Parcells took the reins following the 2002 season. In the Tuna's 4 year stint at the helm he guided the Boyzzz to a winning combined standard season mark of 34-30 and produced the playoffs twice, yes the Boyzzz lost each playoff games below Parcells, but do not drop sight of the reality that this is a group that had posted an general mark of 15-33 in the 3 seasons prior to his arrival and had not produced the playoffs considering that 1999!
Group owner Jerry Jones has brought in Wade Philips, who has the Chargers defensive coordinator, to replace Parcells who left the Dallas cupboards completely stocked with talent, like Norv Turner who now has the keys to the blue Ferrari that is the San Diego Chargers, Philips now has the keys to a attractive silver Lamborghini that calls Texas Stadium residence. The Dallas offense is generally the identical unit that completed final year ranked 5th in the league and began in final year's fluky 20-21 playoff loss against Seattle, there are 3 exceptions having said that, former Super Bowl winning QB Brad Johnson was brought in to mentor/backup beginning QB Tony Romo, Leonard Davis was signed away from Arizona to man the correct guard position and former Dallas backup QB Jason Garrett will be the man calling the offensive plays.
Defensively the Cowpokes require to boost on final years 13th ranked unit that permitted a thoughts boggling 419 yards per game on typical to their final 5 opponents, to facilitate this they drafted Anthony Spencer out of Purdue with their very first round choice and signed tough hitting former Seattle security Ken Hamlin. Dallas truly only has one particular other weakness and that is with their kicking game, year in and year out Dallas normally appears to require a trustworthy kicker and this year is no distinct. The Pokes believed they had solved that challenge final year with the signing of former Colt kicker Mike Vanderjagt but as it turned out Peyton Manning was appropriate with regard to Vanderjagt getting an “idiot kicker” that could not take stress. Vanderjagt was reduce immediately after 11 games final season and Martin Gramatica was siged as his replacement, Dallas is critical about fixing this challenge and showed this reality by drafting Nick Folk out of Arizona in the 6th round to compete with and hopefully replace Gramatica. Projected record: 11-five
**Appear to play AGAINST these Cowpokes in their very first road game of the season when they travel to Miami on 9/16/07 to face a Dolphin group that will most likely be installed as a residence doggie or a incredibly modest favourite, that suits us just fine since there is a lot of talent and pride on this Dolphin group to play properly in their residence opener and Dallas will be coming to town in achievable “let-down” mode obtaining just played their season opener at residence against their divisional rival G-guys and have a date on deck against the Bears who had been the NFC's Super Bowl representative final year, can you say “sandwich game”?
two) Philadelphia: These Birds won the NFC Eastern division final year with a mark of 10-six which provides Philly 5 divisional titles in the previous six seasons, having said that, it was NOT star QB Donovan McNabb who led the Birds down the stretch to a five-1 straight up mark (four-two ATS), won the divisional crown, or won their initial playoff game against the G-Males, it was ousted backup QB Jeff Garcia who is now with Tampa Bay. McNabb has now had season ending injuries 3 of the previous 5 years which prompted HC Andy Reid to draft former Houston Cougar QB Kevin Kolb in the second round and sign A.J Feeley to a 3 year contract extension.
Kevin Kolb will require a couple of years to mature and develop in Andy Reid's offense but should really be a best match and the Eagles future with regard to beginning 50 straight games and playing every single down of his college profession in a spread offense predicated on a fast, brief, passing game. Versatile RB Brian Westbrook who had more than 1200 rushing yards final year along with a total of 77 catches and 11 TD's, should really continue to be the Birds spear head, to spell Westbrook the Eagles drafted Tony Hunt out of Penn State in the 3rd round. In a surprising move the Birds let WR Donte' Stallworth stroll away and sign with New England and as a replacement brought in former Ram Kevin Curtis.
Defensively, Philly ranked 15th in the league general final year but had a rush stopping unit that permitted 141 yards per game and ranked a shoddy 28th in terms of yards permitted, to repair this leak the Birds upgraded their line backing corps by trading with Buffalo for Takeo Spikes and drafting Stewart Bradley out of Nebraska, the Eagles will also have Chris Gocong back from injury who was drafted as a LB in 2006. To help the defensive line the Birds brought in Montae Reagor from the Colts and signed Ian Scott away from the Bears, they will also have the solutions of the “Freak” Jevon Kearse who will be returning to the lineup from a injury shortened season.
The Birds have been the cream of the crop inside this division, having said that, they are an aging group that has an injury prone QB major them into battle, the mixture of obtaining a pretty simple schedule to navigate with regard to their only challenging non division road games taking location at New England and at New Orleans, along with acquiring to face Chicago and Seattle in Philly-land and getting in a division that has two teams (G-Males and Washington) in disarray, should really have the Eagles competing when once more for one more divisional crown against the a great deal additional talented Cowboys. Projected record: 10-six
** Appear to play ON the Eagles on September 30th when they pay a visit to the Giants, the chinks in the G-Men's armor most likely will not have shown themselves as of however when the Eagles will have began to gel getting into this 4th game of the new season, the Birds had been +five.five and +7 point doggies in their previous two visits to the Meadowlands and at this early stage of the season will in all likelihood be installed as doggies once more which suits us just fine since a peek at the previous history of these teams reveals that Philly has won outright and covered the posted spread in 3 of their previous 4 visits to New Jersey.
three) Washington: The Redskins posted a shoddy mark of five-11 final season, having said that, a closer appear-see reveals that HC Joe Gibbs and firm had 5 games decided by three points or much less, in these 5 games they did not fare so properly with regard to posting a mark of 1-four straight up and 1-three-1 ATS, oddly sufficient four of these five nail-biters took location on the Skins residence grass! A uncomplicated truth is that Washington demands to study how to win in crunch time, if the Skins had won all 5 of these close affairs they would have completed the season with a record of 9-7 and fairly possibly would have produced the playoffs as properly.
The Skins had been not truly all that terrible on offense with regard to finishing the season ranked 13th, what did them in was their 30th ranked defensive unit that in truth was injury depleted and specially across the front which led to Wash permitting opponents to run for 137.four yards per game and only sacking the other teams QB 20 occasions all season lengthy, which by the way was the worst QB take down tally of any group in the NFL! To appropriate this scenario the Redskins signed LB London Fletcher-Baker away from Buffalo, signed Fred Smoot off the Vikings roster, and snagged security LaRon Landry out of LSU through the draft who was most likely the greatest security in college football final year.
In the finish it will all come down to how properly QB Jason Campbell runs the offense and how properly be protects the ball and avoids turnovers, Campbell began the final two games of final season and posted a combined total of 59 points in these outings, in time he should really flourish below offensive guru Al Saunders but the Skins have got to comprehend that this young man can not carry the load all by himself. In the massive image if the Skins want to compete in this division with the likes of Dallas and Philadelphia they have got to get their operating game going with RB Clinton Portis who is returning from a shoulder injury and trustworthy backup Ladell Betts, and they have to shore up that leaky defense. Projected record: 9-7
**Appear to play AGAINST these Redskins when they pay a visit to Philadelphia on September 17th to participate in a Monday Evening Game, the Eagles have defeated the going to Skins 4 of the previous 5 years in straight up style when the game was held in the City of Brotherly Adore and this year should really be no distinct for Washington with young QB Jason Campbell below center playing his very first road game of the new season. Needless to say the residence town Birds will be installed as the betting favorites in this affair and that is good to know since according to the ole history book the favourite has covered the posted spread six of the previous 7 occasions these two teams have met.
four) NY Giants: The G-Males are incredibly related to divisional rival Washington in additional techniques than one particular with regard to each teams obtaining head coaches on the proverbial “hot seat”, each teams possessing middle of the road offenses, and each teams needing to show marked improvement with their defensive units if they want to compete, the only saving grace for every single club is the reality that every single has a not-so-tough non divisional schedule to navigate. Final season the G-Males staggered to a two-six straight up mark to close out the standard season but in head shaking style somehow someway managed to make the wildcard round of the playoffs with an eight-eight record only to drop to the Eagles on a final second FG.
The Giants permitted 26 QB take downs final year for an typical of 1.53 sacks permitted per game which was the 6th greatest tally in the league, having said that, that quantity figures to rise this year for two causes, very first of all RB Tiki Barber has retired and in his location measures six foot four 264 pound RB Brandon Jacobs who has been on the G-Men's roster for the previous handful of seasons. Jacobs should really do a decent job but he just does not have the all round versatility of Barber to retain opposing defenses sincere which of course is necessary to make the play action game perform and retain the QB upright. Secondly, the Giants released LT's Luke Petitgout and Bob Whitfield, to replace Petitgout as the starter the G-Males have moved LG David Diehl more than and will use Wealthy Seubert as the LG, off the bench the Giants will use Guy Whimper to back up each positions. If this unit does not gel, or they expertise a cluster of injuries, then QB Eli Manning can anticipate to be on his backside additional normally than not.
Defensively, the G-Males have taken a tough line stance with all star Michael Strahan who is nonetheless holding out and is getting fined to the tune of $14000 per day, the believed approach right here is that he will certainly return to the group. To aid the Giants ailing 25th ranked defense LB Kawika Mitchell was signed away from the Chiefs, DT Marcus Bell was signed away from Detroit and former Texas Longhorn CB Aaron Ross was drafted in the very first round. In the massive image the G-guys just have way also lots of query marks on their roster to anticipate something other than one more mediocre season and if that is the case we could incredibly properly see Bill Cowher or Marty Schottenheimer replace Tom Coughlin at the man in charge. Projected record: eight-eight
**Appear to play AGAINST these G-Males on September 30th when they host the going to Eagles, the chinks in the G-Men's armor most likely will not have shown themselves as of however when the Eagles will have began to gel getting into this 4th game of the new season, the Birds had been +five.five and +7 point doggies in their previous two visits to the Meadowlands and at this early stage of the season will in all likelihood be installed as doggies once more which suits us just fine since a peek at the previous history of these teams reveals that Philly has won outright and covered the posted spread in 3 of their previous 4 visits to New Jersey.