Cue the trash and burning dumpster memes, it’s time to talk about the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys are the strongest team in one of the NFL’s weakest divisions, so it’s no surprise the Cowboys have +135 chances to win the NFC East in consecutive years with the Philadelphia Eagles. like their closest rivals at +165 chance.
The Washington Commanders are eager to begin their first season under a new team name and branding after playing the past two seasons as the Washington Football Team. Commanders have +500 chances to win a second NFC East title in the past three seasons.
- Dallas Cowboys +135
- Philadelphia Eagles +165
- Washington Commanders +500
- New York Giants +800
It seems the NFC East division winner changes every season because it hasn’t had a repeat champion since the Eagles won four consecutive titles between 2001 and 2004. Will there be another reshuffle? in 2022? Or will the Cowboys dominate the division again?
Dak Prescott is a private and rushed to the Cowboys after surgery to repair a knobby compound fracture in his ankle. He had an inconsistent season, but the Cowboys still finished 12-5 as they easily topped the NFC East. Prescott showed flashes of his awesomeness last year, but with a whole offseason to heal, he should look like his old self and light up opposing defenses.
The Cowboys have a winning total of just 10.0% this season. They could start the season 0-2 with two tough games against the Tampa Bay Bucs and Cincinnati Bengals, but they’ll face some easy opponents this year against the AFC South, including the modest Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
On paper, the Cowboys should win the NFC East again at odds of +135, but division games are always hard to predict, even in an awful division like the NFC East. The Cowboys’ prospects depend on the quality of other teams in the NFC East. Will the New York Giants crawl out of the basement? Will Jalen Hurts have a stellar season? Can Commanders race Carson Wentz?
The Eagles started last season 2-5 before finishing the season on a 7-3 streak to qualify for the playoffs as an NFC Wild Card team. Their run ended in a first-round exit thanks to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Hurts has the chance to throw at a top wide receiver this season after the Eagles signed AJ Brown in free agency. A battered Miles Sanders posted more than 900 combined yards in just 12 games last season, but the running back unleashed 5.5 yards per carry despite no touchdowns.
The Eagles have a winning total of 9.5 games this season, but they are one of the lucky teams this season with nine games at home compared to just eight games on the road. Their toughest time came in December with three straight road games against the Giants, Chicago Bears and Cowboys on Christmas Eve.
You can grab a flyer on the Eagles at +165 odds because anything can happen in the NFC East. As much as we like to poke fun at this split, let’s not forget that two NFC East teams made the playoffs last season, including the Eagles.
Commanders scrambled last season and somehow went 7-10 after Ryan Fitzpatrick fractured his hip in Week 1. It ended up being a career-ending injury from Fitzpatrick, which was a bad move for the veteran quarterback and the franchise. Taylor Heinicke came off the bench to start the rest of the season and he’s done a decent job all things considered.
The Commanders were looking for a new quarterback and rumor had it that they acquired Jimmy G in a trade. However, Commanders ended up with Carson Wentz, who is making a return to the NFC East. If they’re looking at a one-year lease, Wentz is manageable. Wentz is scheduled to face his former Eagles side twice this season in Weeks 3 and 10.
Commanders wisely locked Scary Terry McLaurin into a $71 million contract extension. He will have a chance to thrive if Wentz can get him the ball.
Bettors don’t think Wentz and the Commanders can inflict much damage this season with a win total of just 8.0 o/u. Commanders have +500 chances to win the NFC East, but it looks like it will be a two-horse race between the Cowboys and the Eagles.
The Giants have the chance to rebuild the team after a disastrous run in recent seasons under incompetent general manager Dave Gettleman. The G-Men dropped Gettleman after four seasons and fired head coach Joe Judge after two poor seasons. The Giants basically attacked the Buffalo Bills to help them out of the gutter. Brian Daboll takes over as head coach after several successful seasons as an OC with the Bills. Joe Schoen is the new GM who seems very capable and has real insight into Gettleman’s crash and burn strategy.
Daniel Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract, and he looks like a lame QB duck unless the Giants find a way to add Jimmy G in a trade. Otherwise, the Giants signed Tyrod Taylor as insurance policy against Jones.
Injury-prone Saquon Barkley is one of the unluckiest players since entering the league. He’s missed 21 games in the previous three seasons but let’s hope he can stay on and off the pitch at IL. After scoring a combined 15 touchdowns in 16 games as a rookie, he’s only found the end zone 12 times over the past three seasons, spanning 28 games due to injuries, an abysmal playbook and bad luck. an atrocious offensive line.
The bookies seem bullish on the Giants with a win total of 7.0 o/u, but they are the long shot on the board to win the NFC East at +800 odds. We’ll see if Daboll and the Giants can become the division and NFC’s surprise team this season, but don’t expect miracles with Danny Dimes at center.