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When the Nerdy Football writing team made predictions for the 2015 season a couple weeks ago, all of us picked either the Cowboys or the Eagles to win the NFC East, and all but one of us expected both teams to make the playoffs either as the division winner or a Wild Card team. Two weeks into the season, however, the outlook for the NFC East has become much cloudier.
The defending division champs are 2-0, but neither of the Cowboys‘ wins has been particularly pretty, and the team will now be without its two offensive stars, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, for at least the next few weeks, and possibly for two months or more.
The Eagles, meanwhile, played one of the worst games of this young season yesterday at home against Dallas, with DeMarco Murray failing to get anything going against his old team, while Sam Bradford and his wideouts struggled to get into any sort of rhythm. After two games, Murray has somehow compiled just 11 rushing yards, and Philadelphia’s new-look squad has yet to pick up a win.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, the Giants are also winless, leaving Washington as perhaps the division’s strongest – or at least most hopeful – team at the moment, which seemed extremely unlikely three weeks ago when Jay Gruden named Kirk Cousins the new starting quarterback. Washington lost its opener against a Dolphins team with postseason expectations, but looked great in Week 2 running the ball against a strong Rams defense.
Given how the season’s first two weeks have gone, how do you see the rest of the season playing out in the NFC East? Will the Cowboys be able to withstand the loss of two of their best players? Will the Giants or Eagles rebound and make a run? Or will Washington shock the world and take control of the division? Let us know in the comments section what you think!