1. Dallas Cowboys
There’s far too much talent on this team for them not to win the division.
2. Washington Redskins
Things are starting to look better for them. Kirk Cousins looks like a legitimate franchise QB.
3. New York Giants
A big free agent investment on defense puts less pressure on the offense to score 30+ points per game.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
The Chip Kelly era is over. Even most die hard Eagles fans will give them a pass this year to undo everything.
Head Coach: Jason Garrett
Key Position: Quarterback
Even without Tony Romo for half the season at worst with a broken bone in his back, the Cowboys should be in a solid state. Not to say that Dak Prescott is a Tony Romo clone, but he is a solid quarterback from Mississippi State. There’s too much talent on this team to have a repeat of last year.
Key Acquisitions: RB Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins), DL Cedric Thornton (Philadelphia Eagles)
Key Rookies: RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Dak Prescott
Head Coach: Jay Gruden
Key Position: Secondary
All the focus on defense will be in the secondary with the splashy signing of CB Josh Norman. It’s hard to say that one guy will make the difference on defense, but Norman is that kind of corner. If he plays up to his talent, the Redskins defense will make leaps and bounds from their 28th overall ranking.
Key Acquisitions: S David Bruton (Denver Broncos), TE Vernon Davis (Denver Broncos), CB Josh Norman (Carolina Panthers)
Key Rookies: WR Josh Doctson, S Su’a Cravens, CB Kendall Fuller
Head Coach: Ben McAdoo (Offensive Coordinator)
Key Position: Defense
A lot of money was spent on the defense in free agency. Olivier Vernon will be counted on being a premier pass rusher opposite Jason Pierre-Paul. Damon Harrison needs to be a top of the line run stuffer. Janoris Jenkins is getting paid like a number one corner. The New York media and fan base won’t soon forget how much their getting paid if they get off to a slow start.
Key Acquisitions: CB Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals), DT Damon Harrison (New York Jets), CB Janoris Jenkins (Los Angeles Rams), LB Keenan Robinson (Washington Redskins), DE Olivier Vernon (Miami Dolphins)
Key Rookies: CB Eli Apple, WR Sterling Shepard, S Darian Thompson
Head Coach: Doug Pederson (Kansas City Chiefs)
Key Position: Defense
This was a very overworked unit the last few seasons with Chip Kelly’s offense running up and down the field so fast week in and week out. That should change now and it bodes well for the likes of Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham who will be the workhorse pass rushers on the defensive line. It all starts up front for the Eagles.
Key Acquisitions: LB Nigel Bradham (Buffalo Bills), G Brandon Brooks (Houston Texans), QB Chase Daniel (Kansas City Chiefs), WR Dorial Green-Beckham (Tennessee Titans), S Rodney McLeod (Los Angeles Rams), LB Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions), G Stefen Wisniewski (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Key Rookies: QB Carson Wentz