After years of being the laughingstock of the NFL, the NFC East turned the tables and became the best division in football in 2022. Every team in the division finished .500 or better and three teams made the postseason. Not only did those three teams qualify for the playoffs, but each of them reached the divisional round — the first division since the 1997 NFC Central to have three teams reach the divisional round of the postseason (first division since the 2002 realignment).
The Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) were one of the best teams in football, winning a franchise-record 14 regular-season games en route to the Super Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys (12-5) won 12 games for the second consecutive season and reached the divisional round of the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Dallas also reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2006 and 2007, winning a road playoff game for the first time since the 1992 season.
The New York Giants (9-7-1) finished with a surprising over-.500 record in Brian Daboll’s first year as head coach, winning a playoff game for the first time since capturing Super Bowl XLVI in the 2011 season. The Washington Commanders (8-8-1) didn’t make the postseason, but finished with a .500 record for the first time since the 2016 season.
Each of the four NFC East teams have top-end talent, yet enter the offseason with a lot of questions. Can the Eagles prove the 2022 season wasn’t a one-year wonder, even with franchise quarterback Jalen Hurts? Will the Cowboys go to the NFC Championship Game with Dak Prescott? Can the Giants build off their surprising season? Will the Commanders ever find a quarterback?
The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat champion in 18 years, the longest streak in NFL history. Three teams in the division will hope to continue that streak, while the Eagles look to repeat as division champions for the first time since the 2004…
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Author : Jeff Kerr
Publish date : 2023-03-12 16:51:40
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