The reigning NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys took the early lead in this year's title race as the only team in the division to win in Week 1. That fast start will be put to the test this Sunday with the Cowboys making the trip east to Philadelphia.
With the help of BetOnline's NFL betting odds, I will briefly preview all the games in the NFC East as well as highlight my top "pick of the week" with the use of Doc's Sports Unit Betting System. The ultimate goal is to generate another solid profit with my picks.
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants (Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.)
The Falcons knocked off the Eagles on Monday night 26-24 as three-point home underdogs behind an incredible performance by wide receiver Julio Jones. He hauled in nine receptions from Matt Ryan for 141 yards and two scores. While the new-look defense under the guidance of first-year head coach Dan Quinn shut Philly's high-powered offense down in the first half, it started to wear down over the final two quarters.
New York blew a golden opportunity to upset Dallas on the road this past Sunday night as seven-point underdogs as a result of some poor clock management and some poor defense in the closing minutes of the game. It will be very interesting to see how the Giants respond this week as another loss could send this team into the same tailspin that derailed their last two seasons as a result of an extended losing streak.
The Giants have been opened as 2.5-point home favorites against Atlanta, with the total line odds set at 51.
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:25 p.m.)
The Cowboys may be celebrating a big win on opening day, but it came at a steep price with the loss of wide receiver Dez Bryant with a foot injury. The other concern with this offense is a running game that produced a total of only 80 yards on 23 carries for an average of 3.5 yards an attempt. Defensively, Dallas did a good job containing the Giants by allowing a total of just 289 yards.
Philadelphia knows it let one get away after a botched 44-yard field goal attempt late in the game proved to be the difference. The fact that it lost by only two points after turning the ball over twice and racking up 10 penalties would have to be considered a positive, but the Eagles' rebuilt defensive secondary looked no better than the one that was ranked 31st in the NFL last season in passing yards allowed.
Philadelphia has been listed as a five-point home favorite for Sunday's showdown, and the total has been set at 55.
NFC East 'Pick of the Week'
St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins (Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.)
The Rams will bring a ton of momentum into this Sunday's trip to FedEx Field after beating the division rival Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime last Sunday as four-point home underdogs. Nick Foles made his first start at quarterback, and while he did give up a touchdown on a strip sack late in the fourth, he did a pretty good job overall with 297 yards passing and a score while completing 18-of-27 attempts. Tavon Austin came up big with a first quarter 16-yard touchdown run and a 75-yard punt return for a score that gave the Rams a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter.
Things may not be as bad as expected in Washington following its 17-10 loss to Miami as a 3.5-point home underdog in last Sunday's season opener. On the plus side, the Redskins did do an excellent job at moving the ball on the ground with 161 rushing yards, and Kirk Cousins did complete 21-of-31 passing attempts for 196 yards and a score. The concerns include two Cousin's interceptions, a Dolphins' score on a punt return and the loss of wide receiver DeSean Jackson with a hamstring injury.
The Rams come into this matchup as rare three-point road favorites, and they boast a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six road games against the Redskins. Statistically, Washington did not look all that bad, but this team simply does not know how to win games, and St. Louis knows just how important a 2-0 start would be for its quest to get back to the postseason.
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