No. 4 Washington RedskinsThe Redskins’ 2014 season doesn’t look promising after their 3-13 record last season. QB and Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III helped the team back in 2012 to the playoffs, but after his multiple injuries, the star athlete was unable to help his team again in 2013. This is also the first year Jay Gruden will coach for the team and in the NFL, after firing previous head coach, Mike Shananhan. With a new coach and a QB coming back from injuries, this looks to be an even tougher season for the team.
No. 3 Dallas Cowboys
Last season, the Cowboys ended with an 8-8 record and continued, for the third season in a row, the tradition of losing their final game to Philly. With the season ending injury of QB, Tony Romo, the team would yet again not make the playoffs; somewhere they haven’t been since 2009. The team will no doubt feel the impact of losing LB Sean Lee for the season due to a torn ACL and looks to replace him with Justin Durant; a strong player, but missed much of last season due to injuries. If the Cowboys however are able to improve their defense, they should be able to make the playoffs this season.
No. 2 New York Giants
Although the Giants had one less win than the Dallas Cowboys last season (7 wins, 9 losses), the new players added to their roster this year give them the No. 2 spot. Last season, QB Eli Manning hit career-lows and had 27 interceptions. With stronger additions like, Charles Brown and J.D. Walton, the offensive line looks like it will be able to protect Manning better. Players like, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was recently named one of the ten best corners in the NFL, also help the team’s optimism for the upcoming season. Newly signed Rashad Jennings and drafted Andre Williams are also likely to make impacts on the team.
No. 1 Philadelphia Eagles
2013 division champs, the Philadelphia Eagles gained a total of 10 wins last season with 6 losses. The team ranks number one for the upcoming 2014 season because of the unmatched skills each player brings to the team. Last season, QB Nick Foles broke the touchdown to interception ratio and had the highest passer rating in the league. Also on their roster, running back LeSean McCoy, had an extraordinary past season with career-highs and was named the best all-purpose back in the NFL. Rookies added to the team like, OLB Marcus Smith, and starters like Trent Cole, help to push the Eagles into the number one spot because of their speed and their ability to work well together in the linebacker position.