1.) Philadelphia Eagles (13-3): Andy Reid is coaching and Donovan McNabb is quarterbacking, I like those odds. Like Brady and Belichick in the AFC East, Manning and Dungy in the AFC South and even Holmgen and Hasselbeck in the NFC West, McNabb and Reid rule the NFC East.
2.) Dallas Cowboys (9-7)* Wild Card: If nothing else Wade Phillips will be the answer to a pretty cool trivia question. Namely what coach followed three hall of fame coaches (Dan Reeves, Marv Levy and Bill Parcells) in his career? One can count on the defense improving but can a guy who couldn't figure out the QB controversy with Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson really deal with a certain owner and WR? The Cowboys imploded a bit down the stretch last year almost as badly as my number three team.
3.) New York Giants (7-9): The Giants seem to play better without any expectations on them and believe me the bar is pretty low this year. They do seem to be like virtually every other team in the NFC, just a few plays away from being either 10-6 or 6-10. They've got some stars still in Eli Manning, Jeremy Shockey, Michael Strahan, Antonio Pierce and Osi Umenyiora. Under Tom Coughlin the Giants have traditionally started off hot and then have been over worked and worn and broken down late in the season, the complete opposite of the Jim Fassel era. Thus unless Coughlin is Wayne Fontes reincarnated he's virtually done in New York, because when they fade again Tiki Barber won't be around to save their bacon.
4.) Washington Redskins (6-10): I could be wrong but don't the Redskins always look good on paper? Just not so much on your TV set. London Fletcher was a great pickup at LB. Jason Campbell their QB should improve and why not with weapons like WR Santana Moss, RB Clinton Portis and TE Chris Cooley.