When locking in your potential winning NFL betting strategy, there’s nothing wrong with taking a hard look at the NFC East odds. Last year’s Super Bowl champion came from the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles, and they are favored to repeat as division champions yet again, but not by so much that you’re wasting your money.
It’s an interesting odds line up for your NFC East betting requirements. Every team has a path not only to the playoffs, but a division championship. Even the Washington Redskins will come to the field with a stronger roster in 2018.
The Eagles are a serious danger to not only win the NFC East again, but win the entire NFC. They should be even stronger this season, even if Carson Wentz isn’t 100 percent to start the year. Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, is still on the roster. Philadelphia is primed for a repeat. Can anyone stop them? Nope, but we’ll talk about the NFC East odds anyway.
Odds to win the NFC East
Dallas Cowboys -110
Philadelphia Eagles +250
Washington Redskins +275
New York Giants +3300
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds
Win totals: Over 10 (-125), Under 10 (-105)
Philadelphia took no chances, making sure they’d have all the horses needed to make a serious title defense, even before they actually won it. They locked in wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year extension back in December, kept all their key players and even batted away any trade requests for Foles, no matter how tempting they might have been. Depending on how Wentz looks in the preseason, Foles may be eventually put on the block. As it is, he’s the Eagles No. 2 and the best insurance policy in the NFL.
In addition to keeping their team intact, they added Michael Bennett from the Seattle Seahawks, Haloti Ngata from the Detroit Lions and Mike Wallace from the Baltimore Ravens. If you want to do any NFC East betting and are looking outside of Philadelphia, you have to really talk yourself into something spectacular happening for another team or something going spectacularly wrong for the Eagles. I just don’t see it happening.
Projected win total and finish: 13-3, first place in the NFC East
Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds
Win totals: Over 8.5 (-125), Under 8.5 (-105)
When talking about NFC East odds and betting, the Cowboys haven’t been on any radar this offseason. In fact, the only news they’ve made is being a constant reference in the NFL’s National Anthem rules and Jerry Jones’ inability to shut up about it. It’s put quarterback Dak Prescott and the rest of the team in a bad spot and for guys who never once took a knee, it’s sure been a distraction.
Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were the last of the old Dallas guard to finally be shipped out of town or retire. It’s a completely new-era offense now and I expect good things this season from Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and his new favorite receiving target Allen Hurns. Jason Garrett is unquestionably coaching for his job this season and while I don’t see them leapfrogging the Eagles, I do see a Wild Card berth in the Cowboys’ future.
Dallas finally put together a pass rush last season and even with David Irving getting hit with a four-game suspension, they should be even better this season. And you can’t discount a possible addition of Earl Thomas in the defensive backfield. That deal with the Seahawks could happen any day.
Projected win total and finish: 10-6, second place in the NFC East
New York Giants Betting Odds
Win totals: Over 7 (+100), Under 7 (-130)
After a 3-13 disaster, the Giants cleaned house, sending head coach Ben McAdoo packing and replacing him with Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. They then ignored every NFL pundit telling them to draft a quarterback and selected Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick in April’s NFL Draft. With a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning benefiting from a revamped offense, there’s a lot to like about the Giants this season.
The problem for the Giants is, as is often the case in all adult life, math. There are only so many possible victories available in a 32-team, 16-game league. That means a team that might win 10-11 games if they were in the AFC East might only be able to win eight in the NFC East. When you look at your NFC East betting, you have to factor that in. With the solid teams in the other divisions, especially in the NFC South, how many double-digit win teams are possible? I like the Giants to go over the total. I don’t like them to do much more than that.
Now, if this team goes on a roll that all changes come playoff time. Manning is right up there with Tom Brady and Joe Flacco as the three best postseason quarterbacks of this generation. If New York can sneak into the tournament, they’re as likely to win it as anybody.
Projected win total and finish: 9-7, third place in the NFC East
Washington Redskins Betting Odds
Win totals: Over 6.5 (-140), Under 6.5 (+110)
I have bad news if you’re a Washington Redskins fan. I hope you are sitting down.
I think your team is actually decent and will win at least seven games this season. That’s right, Alex Smith will likely be a performance upgrade over Kirk Cousins in Jay Gruden’s mediocre offense and, in turn, help Gruden keep that job for at least one more year.
Would a second straight 7-9 finish doom Gruden? It should, but when Dan Snyder is your owner there’s really no telling what’s possible. When looking at the NFC East odds, Washington is most definitely on the bottom. At the same time, there’s talent on this roster and Alex Smith is a consistently underrated passer. He makes smart decisions and doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He’s not going to lose games for you.
Projected win total and finish: 8-8, fourth place in the NFC East
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