NFC East Unpredictable as Always
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Is there a tougher NFL betting division to predict than the NFC East? Over the last decade no NFC East team has won the division consecutively, with the winner essentially rotating amongst the 4 teams. The lack of consistency in the division makes the East entertaining, but practically impossible to predict. Just look at 2015 where most critics predicted the Cowboys to repeat on their 12-4 season. Instead America’s team lost Tony Romo – once again, to injury and were barely able to scrape by a 4-12 record. In the Cowboys absence the Redskins took hold of the division overcoming a lowly Giants team and a performance from the Eagles that got their head coach fired. Now as we inch closer to the start of the regular season, fans are dying to know; who’s going to take hold of the East?
Odds to Win NFC East
Dallas Cowboys +225
While there may be no clear favorite in the division it is clear that the Eagles have the least amount of expectations. In fact 2016 will be about one thing for Philadelphia, burying Chip Kelly. The three years Kelly spent in the city of brotherly love resulted in a disaster that saw the Eagles best offensive players fly off the roster – DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Jeremy Maclin. Now entering the Doug Pederson era Philadelphia will be looking to prove even the top sportsbooks wrong.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the Cowboys are the most talented team in the East, but apparently the NFL betting odds are taking into consideration the fact that the Redskins will have their starting quarterback available in Week 1. Kirk Cousins was able to lead Washington to the playoffs last season and in 2016 he’ll be looking to answer any lingering questions that remain about the young quarterback. Cousins won’t have to do it alone, he’ll be backed by former division rival DeSean Jackson and a solid cast of defensive powerhouses; Ryan Kerrigan, Josh Norman, and rookie Su’a Cravens.
Dallas will have to start the season without the injury prone Romo under center, but they might be better off. Dak Prescott has been the star of the preseason and his rapid ascent up the Cowboys’ roster has guaranteed him a spot on the bench during the final preseason game. Simply put, Prescott is too valuable to risk for him to play in that game. But it hasn’t been Kellen Moore’s – Cowboys 2nd string QB – broken leg, or Romo’s back injury that has guaranteed Prescott’s starting position. No, it has been his outstanding preseason play; 454 yards passing, 5 touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 137.8. It’s safe to say Prescott might take over NFL betting.
The odds might not show it but a lot of critics have been jumping aboard the Giants bandwagon for 2016. This can be attributed to the upgrades they’ve scored in the offseason including the signing of Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, and Kennan Robinson. Followed by a great draft class that includes the likes of Eli Apple, Sterling Shepard and Darian Thompson it’s easy to see why the Giants are gaining such a large fan base ahead of the 2016 season.