BetOnline odds Updated: September 2018
Odds to win the NFC east division: +350
Dallas surprised the NFL last year going 13-3 with a rookie quarterback and another first-year player who led the league in rushing. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott return along with WR Dez Bryant and one of the NFL’s best offensive lines to give Dallas a great shot at repeating as division champs. Another 13-3 record, tied for the best in franchise history, is unlikely, but Cowboys’ fans can expect head coach Jason Garrett and company to be the class of the division.
Odds to win the NFC east division: +500
The same likely holds true for the New York Giants. Head coach Ben McAdoo led the Giants to an 11-5 finish last year and a wild card berth in the postseason. New York signed WR Brandon Marshall to pair with Odell Beckham Jr. giving quarterback Eli Manning a number of options on offense. The Giants drafted TE Evan Engram out of Ole Miss and have to find a way to work him into the offense. McAdoo likes to use 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE, 3 WR) on most every play and a tight end that can block is essential. Blocking is not one of Engram’s strong suits. The Giants improved dramatically on defense last season moving from the bottom of the league statistically to the top ten in most categories. McAdoo and company face a tougher schedule this year but do get Seattle and Kansas City at home.
Odds to win the NFC east division: -160
The Eagles started last year on fire with then rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. In his first three starts, Wentz threw five touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Eagles went 3-0. Wentz’s luster then wore off as he threw 11 TD passes and 14 interceptions over the last 13 games. Philadelphia went 4-9 to finish the season 7-9. The Eagles brought in former Bears WR Alshon Jeffrey as well as Torrey Smith to give former first-round draft pick Nelson Agholor some competition. Agholor has yet to prove why he was a first-rounder and if he doesn’t this is likely the end of the road in Philadelphia.
Defensively, the Eagles were okay finishing in the Top 15 in most categories. Cornerback Rasul Douglas was drafted in the third round and might play immediately depending upon Sidney Jones’ status. Jones suffered an Achilles injury in March. The Eagles’ secondary will be young, but this team will go as far as Wentz can carry it.
Odds to win the NFC east division: +800
The Washington Redskins finished 2016 with an 8-7-1 record giving the franchise its first back-to-back winning seasons in since 1997. Despite a winning record, the Redskins failed to make the postseason and the outlook is not good for 2017. Quarterback Kirk Cousins will play for the second straight season under the franchise tag. Cousins had another great season throwing for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns. The problem for Washington was on defense where the Redskins were 25th against the run and 24th against the pass. First-round draft pick Jonathan Allen will help, but if the Redskins are going to make any move toward playing in the postseason it will be because of the offense. Head coach Jay Gruden and Cousins will have Terrelle Pryor on the outside and they are hoping that last year’s first-round pick WR Josh Doctson will come around.
NFC East Prediction: Dallas
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