With the opening the 2016 NFL season on the horizon let’s take a look at the four starting quarterbacks of the NFC East which fell upon hard times last season producing only one winning record and one playoff team, the Washington Redskins. Things should be better this season from one of the legendary divisions which has produced 12 Super Bowl winners

Eli Manning,New York Giants

Entering his 13th season Eli Manning has already established a Hall of Fame resume with 2 Super Bowl MVP’s, one of only 5 players with that distinction, 5 4,000 yard plus passing seasons, more than 44,000 career passing yards, and soon to be 300 career passing touchdowns (294 entering the season) which already puts him among the top ten career touchdown passers of all time.

Although he has played on a team with three straight losing seasons he has still put up amazing numbers, especially last season when he passed for his second highest career total of 4,432 yards and his highest touchdown total with 35, all this with a decimated receiving corps. A decent draft and some good free agency moves gives him more options this season and should be enough for an East Division crown.

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Probably one of the unluckiest quarterbacks in NFL history, Tony Romo, if he can stay healthy, can make Cowboys fans forget the horror of a 4-12 2015 campaign which saw him suffer a season ending injury in game four. 2014 was more of a typical of a Romo season with a 12-3 record, 3,705 passing yards, 34 touchdowns and only 9 interceptions and a controversial reversal of a touchdown catch away from his first Super Bowl appearance.

A healthy Romo should make the Cowboys a tough team to beat team this season.

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

In his first season as a starter Kirk Cousins rode a rollercoaster. Starting a sluggish 2-4, Cousins was looking at being benched and head coach Jay Gruden was possibly looking for another job.

In the Week 7 game against Tampa Bay Cousins put his stamp on the season and made the Redskins his team. Coming back from a 24-7 halftime deficit he passed for 317 yards, 3 touchdowns, a 124.7 rating and a 31-30 win. This would lead to a 9-7 record, a Division crown and only the second playoff appearance for the Redskins in their previous eight seasons.

Free agency has given him more weapons so if 2015 wasn’t a fluke, 2016 may be a three team race in the NFC East.

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles

Entering his 6th season Sam Bradford has yet to live up to potential. Drafted as a starter by St. Louis after an excellent college career at Oklahoma Bradford in 2010, Bradford played 2 decent full seasons; 2010 and 2012, and two injury shortened seasons in 2011 and 2013 with 2014 being entirely lost to a preseason ACL tear. In the three full seasons he has been healthy, two with Rams and one with the Eagles, he has proven to be an effective NFL quarterback averaging 3,650 yards and 19 touchdowns. But he is very venerable to interceptions throwing 15, 13, and 14 in his three full seasons as a starter.

With the loss of DeSean Jackson to Washington in free agency, Philadelphia and Bradford will struggle this season.

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