The NFC East was very competitive last year, at least for the teams in the division. The division was arguably the worst division in the NFL comprised of the: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants, finishing below .500 and one team, the Washington Redskins, finishing just one game above .500.
For at least the second half of the 2015 season, the Redskins were the team to beat. After a very busy offseason, the Giants have earned themselves the title of team to beat. The Giants dropped over $200M on defensive players alone while adding some depth signings on offense.
The Giants were competitive because of their offense last season. The team’s defense was ranked as the worst defense in the entire league. The offense was ranked as the eight overall offense across the league. Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning carried the offense, combining for over 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. Rueben Randle, who recently signed with the Eagles, added in 797 yards and 8 touchdowns of his own. After week 13, the Giants finally figured out that their running back by committee was unsuccessful, and played Rashad Jennings as their primary running back. Jennings played great from week 14 forward, but unfortunately, those games didn’t matter much as the Giants were eliminated from the playoffs by week 16.
In order to add to the case for the Giants being the team to beat, they need to add another wide receiver to compliment Beckham, and they need to solidify the right side of their offensive line. On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants have revamped their defensive end and added Janoris Jenkins to pair with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but the linebacker situation is a complete disaster, as they have to find a starting SAM and MIKE linebacker for the season. Lastly, the Giants need to find themselves a starting Strong Safety to pair alongside the young Landon Collins.
The Giants certainly have a ways to go before they can clearly be the team to beat. However, after their offseason additions and with their high pick in the NFL Draft coming up, they definitely have done enough to become the team to beat in the NFC East for 2016.