The Cowboys have a good chance to win the NFC East this season.
Why? Because Tony Romo and Dez Bryant and Orlando Scandrick should be healthy. They’ll add the No. 4 pick in the draft. They’ll play one of the easiest schedules in the NFL.
And, most of all, because they didn’t win the division last year.
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The NFC East is the league’s most schizophrenic quartet. Worst-to-first happens regularly. And back-to-back almost never occurs. The last time a team repeated as division champs Bill Parcells was scheming ways to stop the likes of Donovan McNabb, Clinton Portis and a Giants’ quarterback named Kurt Warner.
The Eagles won the division in 2003 and 2004. Since then the champs have been as consistently random as a bag of Skittles: Giants. Eagles. Cowboys. Giants. Cowboys. Eagles. Giants. Redskins. Eagles. Cowboys. Redskins. Even though Washington won the title last year it was only 4-2 in the division. The fourth-place Cowboys only won four games, but went 3-3 in the East.
They get a chance to quickly forget 2015 in 2016, playing the Giants and Redskins in Weeks 1 and 2. They’ll host Washington in a key game on Thanksgiving. And, if history is any indication, the Week 17 game in Philadelphia – on Jan. 1 – could decide the division crown. The Redskins host the Giants the same day in D.C.
Who will win the East in ’16? Anyone … except the ’15 champion Redskins.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.