1. Divisional opponents improved
All the other three NFC East teams have improved their rosters in some way. The Redskins will have Robert Griffin III returning fully healthy, and he will now have DeSean Jackson to throw to. They also improved their offensive line by signing guard Shawn Lauvao, and they upgraded their pass rush by signing Jason Hatcher. The Eagles drafted replacements for Jackson in Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff. While neither of them may match his production, the receiving corps is still deep. Plus, Jeremy Maclin will return healthy. The drafting of defensive end Marcus Smith is expected to boost their pass rush too.
The Giants made improvements to their offensive line, and they have many players who will be returning from injuries. The Cowboys have done almost nothing other than sign Henry Melton and draft Demarcus Lawrence and Zack Martin. If their divisional rivals get the production they are expecting from their new arrivals, the Cowboys are looking at a last-place finish in 2014.