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ESPN The Magazine: NFC East preview

It's going to be another New York/Philly tussle here in 2009

Updated: September 1, 2009, 4:42 PM ET
By ESPN The Magazine staff
Getty ImagesTrent Cole leaps at Eli Manning in January's Eagles-Giants NFC playoff game. Expect several more epic New York/Philadelphia battles this season.

These division previews appear in the Sept. 7 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Check out each division previewed here:

NFC

EAST | NORTH | SOUTH | WEST

AFC

EAST | NORTH | SOUTH | WEST

Projected order of finish

1. New York Giants (11-5)

Surprise! Adjust for opponent quality and Big Blue's 2008 offense was just as good without Plaxico Burress as it was with him. The real issue was a late-season drop-off in the pass rush; the Giants' added depth on the line this year should prevent that.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

The Eagles lost continuity but improved the skill level of their offensive line. The Birds also have plenty of talent at corner, so they'll have no trouble countering the spread. There's one big problem the team may not be able to overcome, though: Brian Westbrook's injuries.

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