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Filed under: Panelists Overwhelmingly Choose Giants To Win NFC East

Only one of 15 picks Cowboys

New York Jets v New York Giants
Big dogs? The Giants are getting lots of support as potential NFC East champs.
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If you’re one of those fans who likes things much better when the New York Giants are underdogs that no one expects much from, you won’t be happy about the NFC playoff predictions posted by on Wednesday. Ten of the 15 panelists surveyed chose the Giants to win the NFC East.

Only one, yes, one of 15, chose the division’s defending champs, the Dallas Cowboys. Four chose the up-and-coming Philadelphia Eagles.

Here are the comments from those who chose the Giants:

Judy Battista: New York Giants. Lots of attention on the offensive line, but more weapons for Eli Manning and the return of a powerful defense put the Giants back at the top of a loaded division.

Ike Taylor: Giants. Evan Engram is the X-factor the Giants have been looking for.

Maurice Jones-Drew: Giants. With the additions the Giants have made over the last two offseasons, this franchise is trying to buy a championship.

Jeffri Chadiha: Giants. Their offense gets so much exposure -- largely because of Odell Beckham Jr. -- that people forget how dominant they are on defense.

Heath Evans: Giants. They dominated Dallas last season and will dominate the division this year.

Gil Brandt: Giants. They have a great defense but need help in the run game. Eli Manning should have a banner year thanks to receiving additions.

Reggie Wayne: Giants. This team is probably the most balanced in the division.

Charley Casserly: Giants. The defense carries this team to the top of the NFC East.

Dan Hanzus: Giants. You can make a case for any of the teams in this division getting a cap and T-shirt after Week 17, but the Giants are the safest choice.

Marc Sessler: Giants. One more playoff push for Eli on a Giants team led by its marvelous and deep defense.

Watch for our staff picks in the coming days. Also, be sure to check out the entertaining and informative SB Nation 2017 NFL Season Preview.