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Handicapping NFC East; Your Turn to Predict

Mark Maske took stock of the NFC East based sheerly on the schedules. Cliff's Notes version: Giants have it rough early, Eagles have a "forgiving" home stretch at the outset and whatever the Cowboys do, you'll have to watch because it'll be played out nationally in five prime-time games. As for the Skins, Maske likes the feasting opportunities the Rams, Lions, Raiders and Chiefs* present before the schedule toughens up at the end.

You can predict the Skins' schedule -- and get the concensus of the Skinerati -- with our Predictor cyberthingy.

*That part about the Chiefs is true, but nonetheless painful to type.

By Cindy Boren  |  April 15, 2009; 9:12 AM ET
 
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Can it be?

Posted by: edvar | April 15, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

'...whatever the Cowboys do, you'll have to watch because it'll be played out nationally in five prime-time games....'


How does a team that's not the defending super bowl champs get so much attention?

The cowboys' bias giveaway yesterday on the NFL Network was a teaser where someone promised a review of the cowboys' schedule--as if the world was holding it's breath to see just when in December the team's annual choke would commence.

The stillers, pats, colts, jints: recent champs with stars deserve multiple national viewings.

The Dallas Cowboys? On national tv five times? Ya' gotta be kiddin' me.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 15, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Skins Fans!
Reading all the threads of fake skins fans and the apostles of doom, let me be the first to remind everyone there is a reason Snyder acquired Prince Albert. Last years without Albert, Giants defeated the Skins 16-7 at first game; that will not happen this year.
I truly believe that for the first 8 games, the Skins should come away with 6-2 record or better. You can place your bets on this prediction barring injury to any marquee starter.
Hail!

Posted by: abxinc | April 15, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The cowboys have no more stars left.

Romo is fako. He has just been blessed so far that every one of his fumbles has bounced back to him.

Ware is the only legit star. There are no one else. But, of course, like Tiger, Yankees, and Redsox; they drive the revenue stream.

But why? They suck. Especially in December/January.

Also, I think we have the best schedule out of all NFC East teams. Philly's is brutal..........

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Redskins Lose, Cowboy fan wins! I give him credit though. You don't SJK with another man's car!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/14/AR2009041403666.html

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"Prince Albert."

Man that is a sucky azz nickname. And can we see how he pans out before annointing this guy the savior?

Schedule w/l predictions in april = mock drafts = power rankings = equal "true fan" arguments....

Posted by: chrislarry | April 15, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The Cowboys actually have SIX national games - 5 primetimes and Thanksgiving. I didn't think that was legal. They're not even entertaining to watch anymore.

Posted by: Rypien11 | April 15, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

way to early to make predictions... what about injuries or a surprising team?

last year I told several people that the Dolphins would be substantially better than they were the year before, this year I'm going with the Rams.

Posted by: RedDMV | April 15, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

spot on equation, Cl

Posted by: RedDMV | April 15, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

For bonus coverage, read the comments section. Everyone is in agreeance.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Predictions are part of the blog game.

Get with the game people.

15-1. (I usually do 16-0, but I am a believer we ar ecursed at Giants Stadium)

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 15, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

the game is lame.....

smart rulz
stupid drulz

Posted by: chrislarry | April 15, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Cindy Boren | April 15, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Well the voting says that we will win 9.8 games.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 15, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I'll go with

Giants 11-5
Redskins 10-6
Eagles 8-8
Cowboy 7-9

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 15, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I see the Redskins going 11-5 this season.

Imagine how much better Campbell is going to be now that he can finally play in the same system for consecutive seasons. Jason says all the right things, but you know he's got a chip on his shoulder, and that will help him. I don't think he'll be as tentative as he was at times last season. Campbell is a class act and someone with ability. He just needs to put it together. He's not perfect, but QBs like Jurgy, Elway and Marino don't grow on trees.

I'm not saying Haynesworth is the savior, and I think they gave him way too much coin. But if he stays healthy, the D-line is automatically better. That's a big improvement over last season. A better D-line makes the rest of the defense better. A rising tide lifts all boats, people.

As for the young receivers, I don't know if Kelly will ever be healthy. With those knees, I don't why he was drafted. Stupid. I'm hoping we can get one or two decent seasons out of him. Thomas has potential. Send him long and run him on reverses. He's raw, but he can make things happen. It takes time for most receivers to develop, so we have to be patient. But there's no doubt that Santana desperately needs a running mate.

For this team to succeed, Zorn must be more aggressive. I hope he learned his lesson. In that second win over the Eagles, Zorn's play-calling was so conservative that I thought George Allen was back. That's no knock on George. He took us to the Super Bowl and created the rivalry with the Cowboys. But Zorn has done nothing, so he gets no slack. I don't know if Zorn wants to coach this team for any length of time. But if he does, he better win this season. There are too many alternatives out there if he flounders again.

Posted by: gaspeny | April 15, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

"Reading all the threads of fake skins fans and the apostles of doom, let me be the first to remind everyone there is a reason Snyder acquired Prince Albert. Last years without Albert, Giants defeated the Skins 16-7 at first game; that will not happen this year.

Posted by: abxinc"


Are you saying we won't see LL get demolished by Brandon Jacobs and completely embarassed on national television on opening night of the NFL?


We're The Redskins, it's 2009, we suck. Face it.

10 wins at best.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

funny article on SI about scouting drafts :

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/ross_tucker/04/15/draft/index.html?eref=T1


"And it is far from just being an offensive line thing, trust me. USC linebacker Brian Cushing has been criticized for being "overly muscular." First-round defensive tackle prospect Peria Jerry had 32 tackles for losses in two seasons at Mississippi yet has a "sloppy body that looks like it has not seen the weight room much." So if you don't want to be as put together as Cushing or as flabby as Jerry, what exactly is the perfect amount of musculature for a football player? Anyone else confused?"

"How about the report on Penn State offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan, which cautions he "has diverse interests." You mean he doesn't just go home after working out and play video games like Madden or Call of Duty like a lot of NFL players? Perish the thought."


Posted by: TheTruth11 | April 15, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Skins Fans!
Reading all the threads of fake skins fans and the apostles of doom, let me be the first to remind everyone there is a reason Snyder acquired Prince Albert. Last years without Albert, Giants defeated the Skins 16-7 at first game; that will not happen this year.
I truly believe that for the first 8 games, the Skins should come away with 6-2 record or better. You can place your bets on this prediction barring injury to any marquee starter.
Hail!

Posted by: abxinc | April 15, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse
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They were 6-2 last year without Weird Al Stompovich, so whatcha gettin at?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | April 15, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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