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The NFL season is 86 days away… we hope.
If you’re anything like me, reading about sports is filling the void left by our inability to watch them, so I figured I’d add yet another lengthy division by division analysis to the mix. Hey, we need to keep looking toward that shining light at the end of the tunnel, right?
In this 8-part breakdown, I’ll focus on win totals (over/under) for each team and division winner futures with some value starting with the NFC East, a division close to my heart in more ways than one.
First, there’s the physical proximity. Growing up in New Jersey you deal with a lot of Giants (and Jets) fans, but then venture too far South in Jersey and you somehow, magically, end up in Philly ‘territory’ even though you haven’t crossed the Delaware River. In case that wasn’t enough, I decided to head to the DMV for my undergraduate degree – enter the Washington fans.
Then, there’s my emotional tie to the NFC East. You see, I’m a misplaced Dallas Cowboys fan thanks to my father. He fell for America’s Team in the ’70s and my siblings and I have been following his lead ever since. And by ‘lead’, I mean witnessing first hand an excruciating run of late-career Aikman followed by what I like to call ‘QB Experiments’ in Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Chad Hutchison, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson and Drew Bledsoe all culminating with Parcells’ franchise-saving move of signing an undrafted kid from Eastern Illinois, Tony Romo, to solidify the Star once again. It hasn’t always been pretty or successful (see the postseason record), but I’ll take the competitive Cowboys over watching McNabb and Andy Reid dominate the division any day.
Onto Part I...