How good will the NFC East be in 2013? Let's kick that around for a bit on a July Sunday less than three weeks from the opening of training camp for the New York Giants.
CBS Sports recently released its Division Power Rankings, and placed the NFC East fifth among the NFL's eight divisions. The top four, per CBS, are: NFC West, AFC North, NFC North, NFC South. Of the NFC East, CBS says:
The NFC East was exactly average against other divisions last season. The Redskins, Eagles, Giants and Cowboys combined to go 8-8 versus the NFC South and 8-8 against the AFC North in 2012, although it should probably be noted that four of the eight wins against the AFC North came against Cleveland.
ESPN's John Clayton also recently expressed his belief that this would be another season during which the NFC East winner would emerge with only a pedestrian nine of 10 victories. They key, though, is the final part of what Clayton wrote:
Nevertheless, don't discount the chances of these teams if they make the playoffs. The Giants won two recent Super Bowls even though no one considered them great teams. The Redskins have Robert Griffin III coming back at quarterback. If he's healthy, anything can happen.
Making the playoffs is what matters, not how many victories you get there with. The Giants have been the NFL poster child for that fact during the Tom Coughlin era. I doubt Giants' fans would mind if they proved it again.
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In Case You Missed Them
Here are a few of the better stories from Big Blue View during the past week:
Spencer Paysinger: 'You don't have to have the big names'
Fourth of July Open Thread: Let's talk bad purchases
David Wilson no longer a secret in Fantasy Football circles
New York Giants' Prince Amukamara ... Heir to the throne in 2013?
- Is anyone else buying the whole 'I feel bad for my mom' routine from Alex Rodriguez? The next genuine, truthful, word the New York Yankees rehabbing third baseman utters to the media might be the first non-self serving, carefully planned comment of his career in New York. He won't quit, but I wish he would.
- Speaking of the Yankees, Raul Ibanez, last season's playoff hero, is making the offensively challenged used to be Bombers look foolish for not keeping him. He is the first 40-year-old to have more than 20 homers and 40 RBIs before the All-Star break.
- Thank God Dwight Howard has made a decision. Now we wait to see how long before the Houston Rockets and their fans wish Superman had made a different choice.