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Thoughts on NFC East..

OKay, the synopsis...

Dallas collapses late season, to the joy of us all.  Lose a few proven starters, then follow it up with a lackluster offseason and horrible draft.  The Giants were just  forced to part ways with their best offensive player, defense is still very stout, and they have a great draft.  Philly enters the offseason with a few big question marks, and the front office answers them all with exclamation points.  Philly's offense is all of a sudden laden with talent.  Washington gives Big Al Haynesworth the keys to Fort Knox, gets a nice first rounder in Orakpo, but does little to help Jason Campbell.  So what does it all equate to?

My spin:  The Giants have one big question, and Ramses Barden is not the answer, at least  not this year.  The question is how good will Manning be without Burress?  The Giants were clearly on pace to capture another Super Bowl, then they lost Plax and things unwinded.  I had never considered Manning (Eli) to be an elite QB until last year....then Burress comes out and Eli all of a sudden looks very mediocre.  Not to mention Philly beats New York twice at the Meadowlands. 

Conclusion:  I think the Eagles are ready to take back the division, and perhaps the NFC as a whole.  Without Burress, Philly has a little better and more complete team.  The Eagles and Giants defenses were both very strong last season, and they should be just as good this year, if not better.  The difference here is that Philly's offense finally caught up (at least on paper).  Philly's front line talent is likely the best in the game, and they've added skill players in the draft that they had no business getting.  Maclin and McCoy at 19 and 53 was legalized stealing.  If the injury bug doesn't bite, the pieces are in place for a magical run.

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