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NFL 2016 Divisional Reviews – NFC East

The NFC East was the worst division in the National Conference, with the division Champions only going through to the playoffs with a 9-7 record. That was the Washington Redskins, who came out on top, ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Redskins (9-7)

Eagles (7-9)

Giants (6-10)

Cowboys (4-12)


Washington Redskins – 9-7 (#4 seed)

Wild Card Weekend – L 35-18 to Packers

The Redskins were not given a hope to qualify out of the NFC East in 2015, with the QB problems they had in the offseason. Would they start Kirk Cousins or RGIII? They went with Cousins and it looked like it was going to be a bad idea through seven weeks, with a 3-4 record. However, the team as a while, turned it round, winning five of their last six games, including beating all three divisional rivals, winning the division in Week 16.

They went through to the playoffs as the lowest seeded division Champion. This meant they had to face the Green Bay Packers, and it was one step too far for the team. The Packers overcame them easily, winning by 17, but with Cousins playing well, the Redskins could push further in 2016.

Washington will have the 21st pick in the NFL draft, the first of the playoff teams.


Philadelphia Eagles – 7-9

The Eagles were regarding as the pre-season favourites to win the division, but they failed to live up to the hype around them. Like the ‘Skins, they also went 3-4 through their first seven games, with everyone expecting a close run thing to the finish. However, a run of three straight defeats (Weeks 10, 11, 12), including conceding 45 points in two of those, saw them drop away, and a 3-2 finish to their season was only enough for them to finish in 2nd in the division with a 7-9 record

The Eagles will pick 13th in the draft in April.


New York Giants – 6-10

The Giants were hoping to make 2015 another spectacular season and win their third Super Bowl ring in ten seasons. It did not go as planned, however, with the main talking point of the season being THAT head-to-head collision between Odell Beckham Jr and Josh Norman in Week 15. The Giants went 5-5 before their bye week, but that defeat to the Panthers was just one of a run of five losses in six which saw them fall away from the summit of the NFC East.

The Giants will have pick number 10 in the draft in Chicago.


Dallas Cowboys – 4-12

The Cowboys 2015 season was ravaged with injuries to their star man, Tony Romo, who injured his collarbone twice, and missed 11 games. They started well, going 2-0 and everyone thought that they were the favourites to win the division at that stage. A run of seven straight defeats followed, leaving them at 2-7, and with no hope of reaching the playoffs at such an early stage. Just two more wins followed in a poor end to a poor year. Dallas finished 4-12 and will definitely be needing some good players in the draft this year.

The NFC East’s bottom team will have the 4th pick in the draft this year.

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