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>New York Giants

Last playoff appearance: 2011 (won Super Bowl)

Longest playoff drought: 17 seasons (1964-80)

Other notable drought: The Giants haven't faked a field goal since Oct. 8, 1989, when Jeff Hostetler threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Carl Banks against Philadelphia.

The good: They'll have a shot at getting back to the Super Bowl if: First round draft pick David Wilson gives them an adequate running game to complement quarterback Eli Manning – and the defensive front four gets its usual pressure.

The bad: They'll potentially miss the playoffs against a tough schedule if: The banged-up secondary – cornerbacks Prince Amukamara (ankle), Terrell Thomas (knee) and Jayron Hosley (turf toe) all could miss the season opener – can't get healthy quickly.

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>Philadelphia Eagles

Last playoff appearance: 2010 (lost in wild card round)

Longest playoff drought: 17 seasons (1961-77)

Other notable drought: The Eagles haven't had a shutout since a 24-0 win over the New York Giants on Dec. 1, 1996.

The good: They'll compete for the division title if: They can keep Michael Vick on the field for 16 games, something he hasn't done in three years in Philadelphia.

The bad: They'll be around .500 if: The defense can't match its 50 sacks from a year ago and linebacker DeMeco Ryans can't regain his form from before an Achilles injury.

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>Dallas Cowboys

Last playoff appearance: 2009 (lost in divisional round)

Longest playoff drought: 6 seasons (1960-65)

Other notable drought: The Cowboys haven't drafted a quarterback in the first round since Troy Aikman in 1989.

The good: They'll be in the wild card hunt if: The rebuilt secondary featuring cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne looks as good in the regular season as it did in camp.

The bad: They'll have déjà vu if: After a 7-4 start last season, the Cowboys collapsed. The potential is there for it to happen again with a December schedule that features Pittsburgh and New Orleans.

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>Washington Redskins

Last playoff appearance: 2007 (lost in wild card round)

Longest playoff drought: 25 seasons (1946-70)

Other notable drought: The Redskins' last Pro Bowl quarterback was Brad Johnson in 2000.

The good: They'll be around .500 if: The defensive front seven can pressure the opposing quarterback and tight end Fred Davis provides rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III a dependable target.

The bad: They'll make all their fans nervous: Every time RG3 drops back to pass, because his offensive line is, to put it kindly, a work in progress.