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23 Questions in 23 Days: NFC East outlook

23-QUESTIONS-NFC-EAST is counting down to the start of the team's 2023 training camp with 23 questions in 23 days.

Each day, a member of the crew will answer one question about the roster, coaching staff, schedule, and much more.

19) How is the NFC East race shaping up?

I like this question because it gives me the chance to use my favorite stat, which becomes crazier with each passing season.

There has not been a repeat NFC East champion since the Eagles won four in a row from 2001-2004.

Keep that in mind when everyone pencils in Philadelphia for their 2023 picks. But, of course, the Eagles have earned that respect. The 2022 champions went 14-3, advanced to the Super Bowl, and swept the Giants in three games, including playoffs.

The latter led to general manager Joe Schoen's comments in his season-ending press conference about the need to close the talent gap in the division. Not only did the Giants get outscored 108-45 in their three games against the Eagles last year, but they also went 1-4-1 in the regular season against their division foes. The win and tie were both to the Commanders, who finished last at 8-8-1. That was a far cry from the 2020 season, when Washington won the division at 7-9.

It may be tough for the NFC East to repeat as the only division in the NFL with all four teams at .500 or better, but there won't be any easy outs for the Giants or anyone else around the league. Big Blue will jump right into the race with the Cowboys coming to town for the season opener on Sunday Night Football.

"Obviously, we didn't do that well in division play last year, so I think that's something for us that's going to be heavily emphasized," safety Xavier McKinney said this spring. "I don't really see it as just one team that we need to be worried about. I think it's all of the teams in our division. That's just how I see it, and I think that's how a lot of us see it on the team."

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