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The way too early, “we haven’t even drafted yet!” 2023 NFC East prediction post

Yes, we're only three weeks into . And yes, we're still over three weeks away from the 2023 Draft. So yes, it might be way too early to start predicting how the East will shake out this upcoming season.

Doesn't mean we're not going to do it anyway.

As easy as it will be to say we're being homers here, it cannot be denied that the have had the best so far of the four squads.

The Eagles have bled coaches and defensive starters.

The Giants have made a few moves and lost some players.

And the Commanders… well, that train wreck is still very much in progress.

So, for now — pending any further moves and the draft — here's how the NFC East will finish when the 2023 comes to end:

Dallas Cowboys

Unlike the and , Dallas solidified its room.

has taken over play-calling and Brian Schottenheimer has replaced Kellen Moore as offensive coordinator. But the biggest achievement was retaining as .

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The stepped up. They brought in key new pieces in and via , restructured bloated contracts, and let go of players instead of overpaying them.

They retained some key players, added a few more in free agency, and are set up to draft the best players available instead of desperate needs.

The Cowboys will not have an easy schedule in 2023, but as of right now, they should be the clear favorites to win the division.

Prediction: First place. 12-5.

New York Giants

The Giants haven't made any big splashy moves.

A banged-up was their downfall in 2022. Provided doesn't regress — and the Giants don't make the mistake of bringing back — New York should be in the running.

As things stand right now, they might have a slightly easier schedule than the Cowboys in 2023. They'll challenge the Cowboys for the division but have to settle for a wildcard.

Prediction: Second place. 11-6.

Philadelphia Eagles

I said it last year and I stand by it today: The Eagles were a very lucky team in 2022.

Their 14-3 record was a mirage.

They barely beat Detroit, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Dallas (the first game) in the regular season.

Their playoff run saw them beat a depleted Giants team and a 49ers team playing without a .

The Chiefs were sleep-walking through the first half of the , before waking up and pulling out the victory.

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During their offseason they have lost several defensive starters and both their offensive and defensive coordinators. The Eagles' is not going to be easy at all.

In short, Fly Eagles Fly is likely going to be doing a lot of Cry Eagles Cry this fall.

Prediction: Third place. 8-9.

Washington Commanders

The Commanders' issues off the field of play are likely going to continue as long as Dan Snyder owns the team. Those issues will impact the players, no matter how hard they try to ignore them.

Washington's schedule will not be helpful. Look for them to lose five out of their six divisional games. We'll give them a win at home over the Eagles here.

Outside of their division? If they win five of those 11 games it will be a miracle.

Prediction: Fourth place. 5-12.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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