NFC East: Washington Redskins
This is one of the hardest divisions to predict. No team has won back to back NFC East titles since the Philadelphia Eagles won in 2003 and 2004. Even with that stat, I predict the Redskins will break the streak and repeat as NFC East champions. RGIII and Alfred Morris make up one of the most dangerous duos in the entire NFL. As a unit, this offense is tough to predict and has a lot of talent.
Defensively, Washington will be much healthier than last season. They’ll have Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo back from injury (both players played in just two games last season). Overall, It would be tough for the Redskins defense to be much worse than last season.
Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands the ball off to Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
The ‘Skins finished 30th out of 32 in pass defense. They allowed opponents to convert on third down over 44% of the time (last in the league). I think they will be much stronger with Carriker coming off the edge and pressuring QB’s to release the ball sooner. They only had 32 total sacks last season, a number that needs to improve if they will repeat as division winners. Even with those awful defensive stats, they still managed 10 wins.
With Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris coming into their second season, I expect nothing but improvement to an already powerful Redskins running game. Their defense should compliment that offensive success, and lead to another division title.