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It seems every year a new team wins the NFC East. It is easily the most unpredictable division, full of some of the leagues most talented yet underachieving teams. Thats a stark contrast to its AFC East counterpart. Which has been dominated by the New England Patriots for most of the last decade. Since 2005 no team which won the NFC East the year before has won it again the following year. And to write the Giants in as the winners again this year might be a bit premature. Usually the team that wins it does so with a late season surge and gets the help of a division foe utterly collapsing when it counts most. Take the 2009 Cowboys for example. They started as an uncoordinated, inconsistent team with a mediocre record. But one game changed the course of Dallas' season. Week 5 against the Chiefs Dallas hit its stride and worked out the kinks of its offense. Discovering a new weapon in Miles Austin who had 10 receptions for 250 yards and 2 TD'S in his breakout game. The Cowboys would eventually go on to unseat the Philadelphia Eagles who at one point looked like the surefire winners of the division. That story sounds eerily similar to last years Superbowl Champion New York Giants. Coming off what looked like a mid season collapse, they eventually hit their stride with a clutch offense and a new weapon in Victor Cruz, beating the Cowboys in the final game to clinch the division. There is nothing to say something like that may not happen again this year. With NFC East teams having arguably some of the toughest schedules in the league, it could mold teams like Dallas into a legitimate top tier squad, or drown teams like the Giants coming on to the rough part of their schedule. Hell Washington could make a serious surge to the top. Im not making bold predictions here, just stating that anything could happen. The Eagles on the other hand look like the only team that won't challenge the division at all. Thats weird considering all of the hype around the "Dream Team" the past couple of years. And its a shame too since they actually have a pretty manageable schedule coming up compared to the likes of New York and Dallas. For me next week will help determine who wins the NFC East. If New York puts away Pittsburgh and Atlanta beats the woeful looking Cowboys, you can pretty much chalk the Giants in the winner column this year. But if Dallas comes out strong and beats Atlanta, which wouldn't be surprising seeing as how they have had a history of upsetting undefeated teams in the past, than we could be looking forward to an interesting second half of the season. God forbid Andy Reid's decision to stay with Vick works out and Philadelphia blows out New Orleans. As for now though, its the Giants division to lose. But seeing how the defending Super Bowl Champions have looked anything but consistent the past few years, and looking at recent history of the division, anything could happen. Keep that in mind before writing anybody off. Even the Redskins.
November 2, 2012  01:12 PM ET

dallas coming out strong and beating atlanta is unlikely.... this team is a circus with the owner as ring master. look for the giants to rise to the top of the NFC east as the season gets into december. and look for dallas to continue their old ways maybe finishing at .500 and hopefully santa brings a new HC to the team for the new year.

 
November 2, 2012  02:16 PM ET
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dallas coming out strong and beating atlanta is unlikely.... this team is a circus with the owner as ring master. look for the giants to rise to the top of the NFC east as the season gets into december. and look for dallas to continue their old ways maybe finishing at .500 and hopefully santa brings a new HC to the team for the new year.

maybe. but new york could just as easily collapse like they did two years ago. the giants are far from consistent. same goes for philly and dallas. the cowboys should have beaten new york but they gave the game away. there is a good chance dallas could pull it off, given romo doesn't turn the ball over. and there is also a chance the eagles find some confidence and although not compete for the division, they might knock off dallas or new york again to change the standings. just wait till after this week and we will see.

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