2019 NFC East Predictions with Betting Advice
If you are looking for a division in professional football that speaks parity, you need not look further than the NFC East. Since 2011, every team has taken their place atop the division, with the Cowboys claiming the crown three times, the Eagles and Redskins twice, and the Giants once.
This season, I believe the NFC East title is Philadelphia's to lose as they are the most complete team in the league, and they have one of the deepest rosters on both sides of the ball. They have the best quarterback in the division and the best defense in the division. The only problem - based on their second preseason game - they are thin at backup quarterback as Cody Kessler left with a concussion and Nate Sudfeld broke his wrist in the opening preseason game.
As we kick off wrap up Week 2 of the preseason this week, I'll be taking you on a guided tour of each division to prep you on what to expect for the upcoming season. Keep in mind, injuries can occur at any moment to derail a season, so getting too hyped up on a division preview is never a good thing.
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Season Win Total 10 (o -140)
NFC East Win Odds (-110)
After winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago, the Philadelphia Eagles found themselves on the wrong end of a Divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. If the Eagles can stay healthy - a big if with Carson Wentz under center - they are far and away the class of this division and they should eclipse their season win total of 10.
The Eagles already had a very deep backfield, and so the addition of Jordan Howard from the Bears gives the Eagles more depth should the injury bug strike. The Eagles also have weapons out wide in the form of Zach Ertz, DeSean Jackson and the recently drafted JJ Arcega-Whiteside.
Defensively, the Eagles remain one of the premier stop units in the league, and the additions of defensive tackle Malik Jackson and defensive end Vinny Curry will only help that unit take the next step. It's the Eagles' division to lose and at -110, and this might be a steal of a line given how every other NFC East team is starting the season.
Season Win Total 9 (o +100)
NFC East Win Odds (+140)
The Cowboys have a real problem they need to deal with before the season starts, and that's getting Ezekiel Elliott back with the team. Currently, there's been no headway with a new contract for Zeke, and he's threatened to sit out into this season if he isn't offered the contract he demands. And what's with Dak Prescott turning down $30 million a year because he believes he's worth $40 million?
I believe that all of these off-field issues surrounding the Cowboys' two key guys are going to be a distraction for this team, and they are going to sputter this season. Offensively, the return of Jason Witten may help Prescott in the passing game, but the loss of Cole Beasley hurts in the sense that defense will now likely cheat on Amari Cooper. Defensively, the Cowboys still have question marks surrounding the health of a few key players, so it'll be interesting to see if the unit can step up and deliver.
The one thing the Cowboys have going for them is their schedule is pretty weak, and if we go based off of perception, they could be 5-2 heading into their Week 8 bye. I can see the Cowboys winning nine or 10 games, so I'd pass on their season total.
Season Win Total 6.5 (o +120)
NFC East Win Odds (+900)
If you're a Redskins fan, you should be extremely excited about the debut of Dwayne Haskins. The Ohio State product showed uncanny ability to deliver at the college level, so one can only hope he adjusts to the pro game sooner rather than later. For head coach Jay Gruden, he's hoping Haskins can deliver right out of the gate as he is the runaway favorite (3/1) to be the first coach to be fired.
As a team, the Redskins do have a good collection of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but they are seemingly all made of glass and prone to injuries. If the Redskins defense - which I believe is a tad underrated - can keep the team in ball games, they Redskins and the winning pedigree of Haskins could push their season win total above 6.5. Do they have a chance to win the division? I wouldn't go that far.
New York Giants
Season Win Total 6 (o +110)
NFC East Win Odds (+1200)
The Giants are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Half the organization wants Eli Manning to start the year and play as best as he can for as long as he can, while the other half is hoping Daniel Jones is ready to take the reigns in Week 1. To be completely honest, it doesn't matter if it's Manning or Jones under center, the Giants are likely to finish with five or six wins and with a high draft pick in next year's draft.
They have only one real playmaker on the team, and that's RB Saquon Barkley. Barkley showed flashes of brilliance in his rookie season, and there is no reason to believe he can't continue to produce and be the feature of this poor Giants offense. The Giants also have issues at wide receiver as most of their top guys are either hurt or suspended (Golden Tate).
It's going to be a long season in New York, and if I was a betting man, and I am, I'd bet the season wins total "under" the number. They aren't getting to seven with their schedule, so the worst you'd do is a push.
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