Comprised of four teams (Eagles, Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys) that all have legitimate playoff aspirations. The NFC East once again looks to be one of the tougher divisions in football this year. Let’s take a minute to preview each team along with some preseason good and bad looks on the schedule.
Dallas Cowboys: 2016 Record 13-3
The Cowboys should be the class of this division as they look to be the first repeat division champion since 2004. The Cowboys are the current favorite to win the division at +180 despite questions surrounding star running back Ezekiel Elliott and his pending suspension.
The Cowboys season win total currently sits at +9.5 with the over paying plus money at +127. Dallas will not have much time to figure things out as their schedule is lined with tough matchups. They face 11 teams projected to win more than 8 games including their annual Thanksgiving classic where they will take on division rival the Washington Redskins. They open the season hosting the Giants in week #1 and currently sit as a -3.5 point favorite.
Predictions on the Giants vary based on how Eli Manning is perceived. Some think there is plenty left in his tank and put the Giants on the fringe of Super Bowl contention. Others see Manning as being old and finished, and believe they struggle to even make the playoffs.
The Giants season total projection is currently 8.5 wins, which would be a substantial drop from last year’s campaign. The Giants open the season traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. See the NFL schedule here.
The Giants opened as a +5.5 point underdog and was quickly pushed down to +3.5. Preseason injuries to wide receiving superstar Odell Beckham Jr. and new acquisition Brandon Marshall put a major scare in the team and fans early but appear to be minor. It looks like the Giants will need a fast start to the season as they end the season facing 7 teams that are projected to win more than 8 games.
Philadelphia Eagles: 2016 Record 7-9
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and the Philadelphia Eagles should demonstrate that as well as anyone in the coming season. Carson Wentz started the year on fire last year as the Eagles opened 3-0 with Wentz throwing 5 touchdowns to zero interceptions. This was the big highlight to the rookie’s season as the team sputtered to a 4-9 record the rest of the way with Wentz throwing 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. Wentz will have new weapons this year as the Eagles signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to free agent contracts.
The Eagles betting projections sit current at 8 wins on the season, and Wentz will have to make a big leap if they want to exceed that total and get into the playoffs. They will need to start strong as they finish facings 6 of 8 teams that are projected to win over 8 games. The Eagles open the season traveling to Washington where they are currently a slight underdog facing the Redskins. You can see all the NFL scores and odds here.
Washington Redskins: 2016 Record 8-7-1
The Redskins had their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1997 but failed to make the playoffs and finished third in the division. After an offseason of plenty of rumors, Kirk Cousins returns under the franchise tag to lead the offense again. Although he will be without DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, who left via free agency in the offseason.
The Skins current win total is set at 7.5 as they have a brutal schedule taking on 12 teams projected to win over eight games, including nine of their last 11 games. The Redskins open the season hosting the Eagles where they are currently a slight favorite at -1.
Personally, I’ve got the division playing out with only the Cowboys making it to the playoffs with a 9-7, maybe 10-6 record. The remaining teams will hang around for majority of the season but should fade as we come down the final stretch.