With the Philadelphia Eagles rebuilding under a new head coach and the Dallas Cowboys being the Cowboys, the 2013 NFC East Division will come down to a horse race between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. That being said, the most important games of the Giants season will be played Week 13 and 17. The Giants by no means have an easy schedule. But if they are competitive, winning both games from Washington will win them the division.
Last year, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris absolutely torched the Giants on the ground in week 13 and turned around their season. No one really knows how good RGIII will be with his surgically repaired knee to correct significant ligament damage suffered during a January playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Originally, rehab was projected to take 6-8 months. But everyone, including his doctor, is talking about the Redskin quarterback’s superhuman powers of rejuvenation. So it looks like he will be able to start the season at full strength.
On defense, everyone knows you build a championship team from the inside out. It makes no sense to have a strong secondary if you d-line looks like Swiss cheese. The team addressed their needs during the 2013 draft, now they have to find some free agent gems at linebacker. They have already signed Aaron Curry and he might be the answer for the Giants but I am not sold yet. In order to stop quarterbacks like RGIII and running backs like Morris, the G-men need to find an explosive hard-hitting linebacker like the San Francisco 49ers’ Patrick Willis or the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. In the meantime, they need to keep mining for linebackers, hoping to find a more athletic version of Chase Blackburn if they hope to win the NFC East division.