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NFC East History Favors the Cowboys as 2020 Division Champions

The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat division champion since 2004, the last of four-straight championships by the Philadelphia Eagles. The last 15 seasons have seen a new winner each year, and this is just one statistic which favor the Dallas Cowboys’ odds of taking the division in 2020.

The Cowboys and Eagles are tied with five each of the last 15 division championships. The New York Giants have won three, and the Washington Redskins have just two.

The NFC East has been won by either Dallas or Philadelphia the last four seasons. The Eagles took the title last year with just a 9-7 record; a downtime for the division in its overall competitiveness among the rest of the league.

With the Cowboys going 8-8 themselves last year, they appear best ready to challenge the Eagles in 2020. They have won the NFC East every other year going back to 2014.

Now historical patterns certainly don’t mean everything. In fact, they can mean very little.

But this overall pattern in the division speaks to what we’ve known about the various teams involved, and what we still know about them going into 2020.

Are Dallas and Philadelphia still projected to be the top two teams in the NFC East? Yes.

Are the Giants still struggling to transition from the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era, plus dealing with one of the NFL’s worst general managers in Dave Gettleman? Yes.

Are the Redskins still trying to find a quarterback and generally have no idea what they’re doing? Yes.

There will always be anomalies. Maybe Ron Rivera’s arrival will help spark a sudden change in Washington, or maybe Daniel Jones will suddenly emerge as a savior in New York. These franchises do have the occasional flash of competitiveness.

But current projections and historical data both have the Cowboys and Eagles in a two-horse race. And based on what we’ve seen this offseason, Dallas has the potential to take a big leap forward under Mike McCarthy.

Again, the anomalies can happen. One of them could be Philadelphia winning a second-straight division title; they are still poised to be a legit contender this year.

However, if you’re a betting man or woman, the Dallas Cowboys are the easiest money in the NFC East in 2020.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. Best thing cowboys have had going lately is playing in the weakest division in the league. despite playing those teams twice a yr still couldn’t get the job done. Any other division they would have been toast half way thru the season. Only need to worry bout the eagles. I’m little worried bout the oline and the dbs looks like we’ll need to outscore teams this yr

    • Agreed, they have 5-6 wins from jump with this weak division, and still only managed 8 wins last year. Pretty pathetic.

      In their second game with Philly, Eagles where beat up, with many injuries. Wentz had few weapons. Still, with the division on the line, Prescott managed to get 9 whole points. And now this guy is turning down $35 million a year.

  2. talk about weak division, what about New England the division they’re in Miami, Buffalo and NY Jets they’ve dominated that division for a whole decade

  3. Yea but Patriots have been good enuf last 15 yrs to advance in any division wish I could say that about my beloved cowboys.

  4. Take the hype, then subtract 2.5 games and you have a better indicator of the Cowboys likelihood. That can still get them in an expanded playoff pool. And once in, they are as potentially dangerous as most other teams in a league where games are decided by 1 or 2 plays.

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