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NFC East Preseason Power Rankings

Can the defending NFC Champions run it back this year?

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The NFL season is now just two weeks away, and our NFC East Power Rankings are up! To find our rankings for the NFC North, please click here.

Philadelphia Eagles

The defending NFC champions are back this year with a very similar team and should be considered the conference’s frontrunners heading into 2023. For a second consecutive season, there really aren’t any holes in this roster. Additionally, they may have ended up drafting the most talented player in this year’s class with Jalen Carter. With an offence that’s almost impossible to stop and a defence that ranked 2nd in yards against last year, big things are expected out of Philly once again. The Birds won’t have it easy in the NFC East with the talented Cowboys looking to keep pace with them, but for now, they’re still top dogs in the division.  

Prediction: 13-4

Dallas Cowboys

Heading into the 2023 NFL season, America’s team may once again find themselves in an exciting but frustrating position. Of course, they’re talented enough to get at least ten wins and maybe win a playoff game, but they’re still probably not good enough to get through the NFC divisional and championship games. On the positive side, we’ll finally get to enjoy a full year of Tony Pollard in the undisputed top running back position. The team also grabbed Brandin Cooks in free agency, giving Dak Prescott another dangerous weapon alongside Ceedee Lamb. Both sides of the ball were ranked in the top five last year, so with a little luck, maybe this might really be the year for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.  

Prediction: 11-6

New York Giants

After winning their first playoff game in more than ten years last season, the Giants come into 2023 with the highest expectations the franchise has had in a long time. Brian Daboll certainly has this team headed in the right direction, but unfortunately, the NFC East may be the conference’s best division. Despite Daniel Jones having his best year and Saquon Barkley bouncing back with a terrific season himself, it’s hard to imagine a ceiling much higher than the one we saw last year for the G-Men. Their defence is still in the middle of the pack, and Jones may never be elite enough to pick apart the best opposing teams.

However, the arrival of Darren Waller and return of Sterling Shepard will give the Giants their best passing attack in years if the players can remain healthy. We expect the Giants to compete for a playoff spot again! Still, it’ll be surprise if they end up winning another game if they get there.

Prediction: 9-8

Washington Commanders

The Commanders have had a great offseason. Why? They finally got a new owner and rid themselves of Dan Snyder. Although the team probably won’t be competing for a playoff spot this season, it’ll be very interesting to see how Sam Howell does as the starting quarterback. He’s been terrific in the preseason, and with an arsenal of weapons around him including Terry McLaurin, Johan Dotson, Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson, this team should be able to field a better offence than they have in a while. Unfortunately, like the Giants, the Commanders find themselves looking up at the clear top two teams in the NFC East. Unless they find some magic, expect another year in the bottom half of the conference for Washington. 

Prediction: 6-11

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