Both of us are chiming in here. Smash is in normal font, Dips in italics.
Giants (10-6) (9-7)
The Giants come into the season as defending Superbowl champs. Now, I am a Giants fan so there is a slight bias here. However, I think the Giants will have a better regular season than last, finishing with one extra win, and taking the NFC East title. Injuries do scare me (I’m talking to you, Prince) but overall, they’re the strongest bet to win the division.
Three words: Super Bowl Slump
Eagles (9-7) (12-4)
The Eagles are easily the biggest threat to take the division. They’ve had some off seasons, but if they have a healthy Vick, they can, and will be very dangerous. Although, I don’t see Vick playing a full season, and to be honest, I don’t think many people are expecting him to either.
Too Many weapons and they only have themselves to blame.
Cowboys (8-8) (10-6)
The Cowboys are going to be a disappointment once again. Jerry Jones has way too much control of this team. They certainly have potential, but to overtake both the Giants and Eagles for the division title would be a stretch. They have the names of a great team, but I don’t think it’s the winning formula the Cowboys have been looking for. Finishing at .500.
This is Tony Romo’s year to conquer his demons, just like A-rod in 2009
Redskins (7-9) (5-11)
The Redskins are one of the more tricky teams to try and figure out for the upcoming season. On one hand, I think they will really turn it around with RGIII, and on the other – be a similar story to last year. My gut says RGIII may have an explosive, Cam Newton-esque season, but look at the Panthers: couldn’t close out games and have a rounded enough team to make a big impact. The Skins will have some close games but in the end, aren’t winning them. Finishing with seven wins.
I am being generous with 5 wins, RGIII will be a stud but they are a beer short of a six pack of wins.