The NFC East has been a wide open division in recent years, with none of the teams in it really establishing themselves as dominant against their divisional foes, but the New York Giants haven’t featured in many predictions to win it this year. That’s largely to do with the team’s performance over the last three or so years. The Giants have largely fallen short of expectations and this offseason ended up picking in the top five of the draft because of that.
However, after making a number of changes, including using that draft pick to improve the offensive line, there’s a little more positive energy around this year’s Giants team compared to the 2019 one. That has even extended into a few predictions about the way the season will go.
It’s a bold claim, but according to former wide receiver Nate Burleson, who is now with NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, the Giants may just be good enough to take the NFC East title rather than the Cowboys or the Eagles.
He mentioned that, while other teams are the favorite in the wider narrative, the Giants have made a number of additions and improvements this offseason that might add up – those include bringing in head coach Joe Judge, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, spending the fourth pick on the offensive line, and also returning a healthy Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram.
Saying the Giants will win the division is still a stretch and would require a number of factors, ranging from staying healthy to the team adapting to the new systems under an almost entirely new coaching staff very quickly, but their saving grace in this argument is that the NFC East itself hasn’t been the best division in general in the last couple of years.
With that in mind, the Giants getting an unexpected victory in the division race might not be a hundred percent out of the question – even if it is an unrealistic goal to come into the seasonÂ expecting.