NFC East

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

2004 RECORD: 13-3

SUPER ODDS: 9-2; OVER/UNDER: 11 1/2

SUN SAYS: Philly fans don't care if QB Donovan McNabb and WR Terrell Owens don't talk as long as they produce. Barring those two punching each other out, the Eagles are set up for a nice run at being at or near the top of the NFC and are the team to beat. Getting to the Super Bowl was invaluable experience which coach Andy Reid will use to continue to keep this team competitive.

DALLAS COWBOYS

2004 RECORD: 6-10

SUPER ODDS: 20-1; OVER/UNDER: 8 1/2

SUN SAYS: The Bills may have been fed up with Drew Bledsoe, but Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is banking on him being the reliable hand his team needs. With running back Julius Jones and tight end Jason Witten, the offence has nice balance and Bledsoe will be asked (ordered?) to keep things safe and simple. The Cowboys strength may come on defence where rookie Demarcus Ware looks like a stud.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

2004 RECORD: 6-10

SUPER ODDS: 35-1; OVER/UNDER: 7 1/2

SUN SAYS: With RB Clinton Portis, the 'Skins should have enough offence, providing sloppy QB Patrick Ramsay doesn't stick with his habit of tossing it away. WR's Santana Moss and David Patten give him options. Former Bills coach Gregg Williams has made the 'Skins defence into a force, however which could take some pressure off the embattled QB. Another candidate for team turnaround this season.

NEW YORK GIANTS

2004 RECORD: 6-10

SUPER ODDS: 50-1; OVER/UNDER: 6 1/2

SUN SAYS: If he's like his brother Peyton, the second year will yield improved results for QB Eli Manning. It's also the second year for coach Tom Coughlin, the regimentarian boss who takes some getting used to. Manning, who hurt his elbow in pre-season, is expected to be ready for the opener but we wonder if the defence is enough to get this team to .500.


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