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Experts predict final NFC East rankings

Giants.com takes a look at what media outlets are forecasting this season, specifically looking at NFC East predictions and where the Giants could be 17 weeks from now.

  1. Eagles (11-5)
  1. Giants (9-7)
  1. Redskins (5-11)
  1. Cowboys (5-11)

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    Comments by Gregg Rosenthal
  1. Eagles: "The Eagles' roster is stable considering this is only Year 2 of the Chip Kelly era. Kelly wound up enjoying a lot of the pieces Andy Reid kept behind, and he brought back many of them on long-term contracts."
  1. Redskins: "It's hard not to love Washington's new offensive weapons. The additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts give the Redskins one of the deepest wideout groups in the league with Pierre Garcon already in place. Throw in tight end Jordan Reed and running back Alfred Morris, and the Redskins rival nearly any team in skill position talent. That includes Robert Griffin III, who is charged with learning a new offense under coach Jay Gruden."
  1. Giants: "The Giants aggressively addressed their shortcomings in the offseason by adding cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the secondary. This was a top-ten defense a year ago, and it has room to improve if Jason Pierre-Paul is back to his normal healthy self this year."
  1. Cowboys: "The Cowboys used their first-round pick on versatile offensive lineman Zach Martin, adding another high pedigree piece to an excellent offensive line. The defense is a massive worry in Dallas, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the offense."

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Comments by NFL Nation reporters*

  1. Eagles (11-5): "There are reasons to predict a less successful record for the Eagles: The rest of the division is working to improve; that first-place schedule is a bit more difficult. But there's no reason to believe Chip Kelly isn't a smart, effective NFL head coach. I just don't see him taking a step back." -- Phil Sheridan
  1. Cowboys (8-8): "Nothing says history like a fourth consecutive eight-win season. The Cowboys' offense should be among the NFL's best. The defense could be among the NFL's worst. It all adds up to .500. Again." -- Todd Archer
  1. Giants (7-9): "Give them a 3-3 division record, home wins against Atlanta and Houston and road wins in Jacksonville and Tennessee, and that makes seven. I think Tom Coughlin can coach his way to an eighth win, but they'd need a lot of breaks and a lot of offensive players to exceed that total." -- Dan Graziano
  1. Redskins (7-9): "Robert Griffin III's development will lead to highs and lows, but as long as he finishes strong, there's definite hope for the future. The defense could be fine if it limits big plays (and gets help from special teams and fewer turnovers by the offense). But the big question remains durability for a unit that has five potential starters who are 30 or older." -- John Keim

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Comments by Nate Davis

  1. Eagles (11-5): "Class of weak division. But can Nick Foles reproduce 2013 magic? DeSean Jackson's speed will be missed."
  1. Redskins (7-9): "If the line and RG3's knee hold up, this offense will be hard to slow, but defense may be year away."
  1. Giants (6-10): "Eli Manning's supporting cast is getting younger, even if he isn't. Team speed doesn't impress."
  1. Cowboys (3-13): "Tony Romo's back, defense are looking awfully frail. Dallas fans might end up pining for .500 teams."
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