By: Denery Noone, Scott Brock-Wilson, and Justin Lynch
In the third part of a four-part series, Denery, Scott, and Lynch delve into the NFC East and the NFC North
Note: lines from bovada.com
Dallas Cowboys - Over/Under 9½
Denery: OVER: Romo, Dez, and this offensive line will lead them to another NFC East title.
Scott: OVER: This is a really hard one for me, but I find it hard to believe they will fall that far from last year. The Cowboys lost a fair amount, but their defense may have gotten better, and their offense should be able to withstand the losses.
Lynch: UNDER: Not confident in this but...2nd easiest schedule and 4th luckiest in 2014. Schedule beefs up some and cannot expect to have same pythagorean difference. Can Randle fill Murray’s shoes? Was last year a fluke?
Philadelphia Eagles - Over/Under 9½
Denery: UNDER: The Eagles will have a down year going 8-8 as they will learn that Sam Bradford can't lead this team to the playoffs.
Scott: OVER: The Eagles take back the NFC East this year. Bradford, especially if healthy, has the potential to put up huge numbers this year. Their offense will be impossible to stop with the three-headed monster in the backfield and their young WR out to prove themselves, and their defense will hold their own.
Lynch: OVER: New QB, new top WR’s, new running game. Improved secondary with Byron Maxwell addition. NFC East hasn’t had a back-back winner in a decade. Bradford scares me, though.
New York Giants - Over/Under 8½
Denery: Over: Eli, Odell, Victor Cruz, and this much improved defense will lead this team to 10 wins.
Scott: UNDER: The offense is filled with talent everywhere you look, but the defense will continue to hold them back. They've lost their top four safeties in under a month so it has weakened an already weak secondary. Plus with both Philly and Dallas, the NFC East is strong and back, and the Giants aren't quite there.
Lynch: UNDER: Tough call, but defense did not improve enough for my liking. Eli with ODB for a full season will be fun and Vereen adds versatility, but I lean towards the under.
Washington Redskins - Over/Under 6½
Denery: UNDER: I think that it might be a tank for Cardale Jones situation in D.C. That defense is almost as incompetent as their horrible quarterback situation.
Scott: UNDER: They could potentially lose all six games within the division. They play the AFC East where all of the teams are better than the Skins, and the NFC South where they can likely rack up three more losses.
Lynch: UNDER: Should be better than last season, but seven wins is more of an improvement than I see.
Green Bay Packers - Over/Under 11
Denery: OVER: Packers will be a top two seed in the NFC despite losing Jordy Nelson. That defense is much improved and they have the best QB.
Scott: OVER: Rodgers. But, seriously does anything else need to be said? As long as he is healthy they will be great.
Lynch: OVER: Best QB in the league, two of their toughest games (Seahawks, Cowboys) are at home, where they didn’t lose a game last season.
Detroit Lions - Over/Under 8
Denery: OVER: BEST BET: Ameer Abdullah will have a really good season and Calvin, Golden Tate, and Matt Stafford will have big seasons. Their loss of Suh and Fairley will hurt but they added Haloti Ngata.
Scott: OVER: Last year the Lions finished with 11 wins. Considering Stafford had a down year and Calvin missed a couple games, it was pretty successful. They will miss Suh and Fairley defensively, but I do not believe that will drop them below eight games. Also the addition of Abdullah could provide a much needed boost to the offense.
Lynch: PUSH: 3rd luckiest by pythagorean wins in 2014, replaced Suh with Ngata, also lost Fairley and C. J. Mosley (The one from Mizzou, not Bama). Abdullah should be fun and Calvin is healthy, slightly tougher schedule.
Minnesota Vikings - Over/Under 7½
Denery: OVER: The Vikings will surprise people this year. AP and Bridgewater will have big seasons and Patterson will bounce back.
Scott: OVER: The defense is alright, and they have a good combination of Peterson and Bridgewater offensively.they added talent around Bridgewater on the outside with Mike Wallace as well. I expect a big year from Bridgewater and the Vikings.
Lynch: OVER: They won seven last year and Bridgewater looks like the future. Peterson’s return should take some pressure off the young QB, as well. Also, Kyle Rudolph is healthy, Charles Johnson looked solid at the end of last season, and don’t forget about Cordarrelle Patterson. Let’s just forget about their defense, okay?
Chicago Bears - Over/Under 7
Denery: UNDER: Horrible defense and incompetent quarterback, lost Brandon Marshall and Kevin White is already battling injuries.
Scott: UNDER: The bears finished 5-11 last year and lost Brandon Marshall. Cutler will still be the same Cutler. In a pretty good division, the Bears won’t be able to muster seven wins.
Lynch: UNDER: Forte’s 30 and was under 4.0 YPC last season. Marshall’s gone and Jeffrey is already banged up (though he should be okay). Defense is a mess, though McPhee and Rolle should help. No way they go .500.