NFC East Q&A: Should Redskins be favorite to repeat as division champs?

Today's question: Should the Washington Redskins be viewed as an up-and-coming team or just a one-year aberration?

Todd Archer, Cowboys: Even as Washington was winning the division last season and Kirk Cousins was telling everybody, "You like that," I was skeptical. I’m still skeptical. The NFC East was a mess last year, and I saw the Redskins lose at home to the Dallas Cowboys with Matt Cassel at quarterback. I saw Kellen Moore throw for more than 400 yards against Washington, too. Granted, the Redskins pulled a lot of their regulars, but it didn’t leave me thinking they were a team on the rise. Cousins had a tremendous season in 2015, but can he do it again? I like the addition of Josh Norman. I think first-round pick Josh Doctson can be a star. I just don’t know if the Redskins have the line play to sustain long-term success. I don’t know if they are a one-year aberration because the division remains weak, but I wouldn’t make them the favorites going into 2016.

Phil Sheridan, Eagles: The trend in the division suggests the latter. No NFC East team has won the division in back-to-back seasons since the Philadelphia Eagles did it in 2003 and 2004. But when you look at the way Scot McCloughan is running the show in Washington, you get the feeling the team is being built for sustained success. Obviously, so much depends on Kirk Cousins. A few years ago, you might have been asking a similar question after Robert Griffin III led Washington to the 2012 NFC East title. The competition should improve -- especially if Tony Romo can stay healthy and if the Giants' defense is better -- but Washington has the look and feel of a team that will contend.

Dan Graziano, Giants: The 2015 loss that annoyed the New York Giants the most was the one in Washington. Their defense hasn’t had a lot of success overall in recent years, but they firmly believe they know how to beat Washington, as they had five times in a row before that post-Thanksgiving defeat last year. Kirk Cousins has eight interceptions and just three touchdown passes in four career games against the Giants, who remain confident in their ability to catch him in mistakes by forcing him to throw downfield. Cousins may have turned a corner last year and become more consistent and reliable, but my sense is that the Giants are going to have to see it first-hand a few more times before they believe it.