After dropping four of their first six to start 2011, the Eagles rebounded nicely to an 8-8 finish with some huge victories over eventual Super Bowl champion the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. If they can rise above their biggest problem of last season—blowing fourth quarter leads– Philly could very well be a team that could come in right around 10 wins.
New York Giants
Really, just 10 wins even after beating New England in the Super bowl? Well, if you look at the G-men’s schedule you may realize why. Plus, we all know how hard it is for a team to defend its title. Despite playing in a weak division, I’d still have to say that 10 wins seems a little high. Remember, this is a team that lost five of six from mid November to mid December a season ago. Take the UNDER here.
You knew it was going to be a disappointing year when the Cowboys started the 2011 season 2-4 on their way to an 8-8 finish and well out of the playoffs. So, the biggest challenge this year will be to get a better start right? Easier said than done, as Dallas opens their 2012 campaign playing six of their first nine on the road, which includes bouts with the Giants, Ravens, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Personally, I expect another poor start which the Cowboys cannot recover from, finishing just ahead of the Redskins with seven wins.
Everyone is curious to see if Robert Griffin III can live up to the considerable amount of hype out there about him. And even though he has yet to throw his first NFL pass or take his first blindside hit, RG3 has been anointed as a star. The crude reality is, he will be running for his life behind a team that won just five games despite playing the third-easiest schedule in the league. The Redskins are terrible, and are at most, the fourth-best team in their own division on another five-win season.