Josh Frey’s NFL Standings Prediction: NFC East

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Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports.

We’ve made it to the final weekend of 2022 without NFL regular season football. With that, it seems like the best time to come out with some NFL standings predictions for the 2022 season. Yesterday, we went over the AFC East, and today, we discuss the NFC East.

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1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-6)

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are building a scary defense heading into the 2022 season. They added DT Jordan Davis through the draft, signed CB James Bradberry, and traded for C.J. Gardner-Johnson. Jalen Hurts has had his struggles as a pure passer, but Philly also paired their emerging star WR Devonta Smith with A.J. Brown this offseason. This team looks dangerous heading into the regular season.

2. Dallas Cowboys (8-9)

Aug 26, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) reacts after an interception against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas won the NFC East last season through the strength of their offense which ranked first in points and yards. The hope is that CeeDee Lamb continues to develop and can replace the production left behind by Amari Cooper. They are also trying to rebuild the offensive line with their first-round selection of Tyler Smith.

That said, Dallas’ run defense doesn’t look much better than last year’s, and they have matchups with some of the best RBs in the NFL this year. If they allow these teams to control the line of scrimmage, it could be a frustrating season.

3. Washington Commanders (7-10)

Aug 27, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz (11) sits on the bench during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

For the Washington Commanders, success in 2022 comes down to how healthy their defense can stay. Carson Wentz is going to play well enough to win some games, but he’s also going to play poorly enough to lose a few. The defense is going to be key to make sure that they can win enough games to stay competitive in the NFC East, but if it can’t, we may see Sam Howell at some point.

4. New York Giants (6-11)

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) on the field for warmups before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 21, 2022, in East Rutherford. Nfl Ny Giants Preseason Game Vs Bengals Bengals At Giants

The New York Giants are building a bright future with their two top-10 selections from the 2022 draft. That said, this Giants team cannot be given the benefit of the doubt with the inconsistencies of Daniel Jones at QB as well as the health question marks surrounding Saquon Barkley. They will finsih in the cellar of the NFC East this year.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing as well as minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh can often be found training for a marathon, playing video games, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his takes, NFL and otherwise, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken