NFL Playoffs Picture 2019: NFC East Teams Ranked

There is a reason why the NFC East is considered the hardest division to predict in the entire NFL. No team has won back-to-back divisional titles since the Philadelphia Eagles took four in a row between 2001 and 2004, and last season the Dallas Cowboys just edged out the Eagles to top the division.

More of the same should be expected this season, with the two teams looking to go deep in the playoffs, while the Washington Redskins and New York Giants are in rebuild mode.

Philadelphia Eagles

The bookmakers' favorites to win the divisional title at 19/20, the Eagles need Carson Wentz to stay fit.

Philadelphia has gone all-in on the quarterback, signing him up to a four-year, $128 million contract extension with $107 million guaranteed.

Wentz's return from an ACL injury was a mixed experience last season, as he guided the Super Bowl LII champions to a 5-6 record before being shut down for the remainder of the season with a back problem.

Luckily for Wentz, the Eagles' offense remains loaded. DeSean Jackson is back for a second tour of duty in Philadelphia, while offensive tackle Andre Dillard was selected in the first round of the draft.

Running back Miles Sanders and receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside followed in the second round, while on the other side of the ball Malik Jackson is a smart addition.

The Eagles have all it takes for another playoffs appearance and could well be in contention to reach a second Super Bowl in three seasons.

Prediction: 11-5

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for a touchdown past Rasul Douglas #32 of the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime for a 29-23 win at AT&T Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty

Dallas Cowboys

Contracts and holdouts have been the theme of the offseason in Dallas. The Cowboys signed linebacker Jaylon Smith and offensive tackle La'el Collins to long-term extensions, while defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was retained to the tune of a five-year deal worth $105 million.

Deals for Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper remain up in the air, even though Prescott is reportedly set to put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth around $35 million a year.

Elliott, meanwhile, is still holding out for an improved contract. The former Ohio State running back has averaged 1,349 rushing yards per season in Dallas, scoring 28 rushing touchdowns in three seasons. Accordingly, retaining him is a priority for the Cowboys.

While Elliott might not suit up in Week 1, there's a feeling he will remain with the Cowboys. Keeping the two-time Pro Bowler would only add firepower to an already loaded offense.

Jason Witten is back after spending a season as commentator for ESPN, while the acquisitions of veteran receiver Randall Cobb and veteran running back Robert Quinn will help Dallas.

The Cowboys went 10-6 last season and according to Oddschecker are 44/25 to defend their divisional title.

Prediction: 10-6

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are 12/1 outsiders to win the NFC East for the first time since 2015. Even at that price, they're not an attractive bet.

Washington is not in full rebuild mode but enters the new season with more questions than answer. Case Keenum will start under center after arriving from Denver in the offseason to replace Alex Smith, whose career remains in the balance after the horrific leg injury he suffered last season.

It's another quarterback, however, who has set pulses racing in the capital. The Redskins selected Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick and it will be intriguing to see how long it will take for last season's Heisman Trophy finalist to be handed the reins.

On the defensive side of the ball, Washington has added safety Landon Collins, who was let go by NFC East rivals New York Giants.

Pass rusher Montez Sweat, a first-round pick from Mississippi State, could also be heavily involved in his first season in the NFL.

Washington finished 7-9 last season, winning just one game in seven after Smith's injury and will be looking to improve its record this year.

Prediction: 7-9

New York Giants

The post-Odell Beckham era begins in New York with Saquon Barkley set to carry an entire offense on his shoulders.

In his rookie season, the running back amassed an NFL-high 2,028 yards from scrimmage, securing the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Aside from Barkley, most of the focus in New York will be on Daniel Jones. The Giants drafted the quarterback with the sixth overall pick, a decision that raised eyebrows around the league as the franchise passed on a signal-caller last year, in a draft much heavier with quarterback talent.

Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, New York Giants
Daniel Jones #8 and Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants are seen during the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 22, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Michael Hickey/Getty

Jones has looked good in preseason and the Giants hope he will ultimately be Eli Manning's replacement, but losing Landon Collins is a major blow on the defensive side of the ball.

Big Blue lost eight games by seven points or fewer last season on their way to a 5-11 finish.

Improvements are required but the playoffs should remain out of reach and the Giants are 15/1 to win the NFC East.

Prediction: 6-10

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