Who will win the NFC East?
By: Jeremy Trottier
The NFC has been an interesting conference in recent years, from the Eagles winning the Super Bowl against the dynasty that is/was the Patriots, to the Panthers making Super Bowl 50, to our current reigning champions the Buccaneers. The conference could be looking to have new appearances both for division winners as well as Super Bowl contenders, which always makes things interesting. In this article, I will be going over who I believe will win each NFC division, as well as why they make sense to do so.
NFC North – Green Bay Packers
To be completely fair, this division is getting closer as of late, with players like Justin Jefferson and Justin Fields being added in recent years we see improvements from the other three teams. With that said, as long as the Packers have Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, they have a good chance to win. They were able to lock up Aaron Jones for a few more seasons, and we should see a true debut year from A.J. Dillion at RB2 now that Jamaal Williams is gone.
Additions such as Eric Stokes, De’Vondre Campbell, Amari Rodgers, and Randall Cobb should be definitive pieces to the puzzle for Green Bay as they make another playoff push. They have not significantly improved their team this offseason, that much is clear, but being able to retain Rodgers for another year and keep the focal points of their offense allows them a chance.
NFC East – Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys had two major issues last season that prevented them from going anywhere. The first being lackluster QB play, which they fix with the return of Dak Prescott. The other issue was their defense, which struggled immensely, which they have fixed by taking 8 defensive players of their 11 draft picks this year, with their first six all being defensive players. Just to list them off, they got Micah Parsons, Kelvin Joseph, Osa Odighizuwa, Chauncey Golston, Nashon Wright, Jabril Cox, Quinton Bohanna, and Israel Mukuamu.
This influx of defensive players, as well as the return of Dak, should make this team the best in the NFC East, on top of their top tier receiving core and solid offensive line which just takes them over the top.
NFC South – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The reigning Super Bowl champions were able to retain all 22 of their starters from last year, and the last time that happened it was the Pittsburgh Steelers who went on to repeat and win another SB. Now, will that be the case? That is yet to be seen. But winning the division has to come first, and they have prepared to do so with solid offseason acquisitions.
So far they have brought in players like Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, KJ Britt, Chris Wilcox, and Ladarius Hamilton. As well as the return of O.J. Howard, Kenjon Barner, Shaq Barrett, Jack Cichy, and A.Q. Shipley from late-season IR.
NFC West – Los Angeles Rams
Finally, we have the NFC West, which is probably the strongest division all-around in the league, never mind the conference. With that said, the Rams are probably the most complete team of them all right now, with playmakers at every level of offense and defense. To state the obvious first, Matt Stafford is going to drastically improve the team’s offense, and the addition of Sony Michel is one that despite losing Cam Akers should be able to create some productivity.
They obviously still have Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey on the team too, both of whom are top players at their position. Overall the explosiveness that Stafford could bring to this offense could put this team in deep playoff contention this season.