If you include the Washington Football Team’s 31-23 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Buccaneers in the wild card playoffs, every team in the NFC East lost at least 20 games in 2020. That’s far from encouraging but in today’s NFL, things can change dramatically from year to year. And repeating as this division’s champion has been easier said than done.
There’s already been a look at the AFC East. Now the attention turns to the other conference as the NFC East is the focus here.
NOTE: 2020 win-loss records include playoffs
Washington Football Team (7-10)
It’s a team that parlayed a late-season surge into an NFC East title – albeit with a losing record. But now the Washington Football Team has a decision to make when it comes to a starting quarterback for 2021. The team did re-sign Taylor Heinicke, who started to playff game versus Tampa Bay. Could general manager Martin Mayhew address the matter during the draft or could the club bring in a veteran arm?
New York Giants (6-10)
It was another rough year for Big Blue but as the season wore on, new head coach Joe Judge saw the team progress – especially on the defensive side of the ball. Quarterback Daniel Jones cut down on the mistakes after another shaky start and the team missed running back Saquon Barkley – who was injured in Week 2. Darius Slayton led the team with 751 receiving yards but the Giants still need a lot of help at wideout.
Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
Now that quarterback Dak Prescott is under wraps via a four-year, $160 million dollar contract, the club can address others areas. Dallas’ defense was subpar in 2020 and that’s an understatement in 2020. One-time Seahawks’ assistant/turned Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn is in charge of that side of the ball and inherits a unit that allowed a whopping 54 offensive touchdowns and was next-to-last in the NFL against the run.
Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1)
The team is putting its money on 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts as former starter Carson Wentz is joining the Colts. New head coach Nick Sirianni has a lot of work ahead trying to put the pieces back together. While the defensive unit could use a facelift when it comes to the back seven, the bigger concern may be an offensive line wrought with issues. The Eagles allowed an NFL-high 65 sacks this past season.