With the Washington Redskins winning nine games last season to bag the NFC East division title in 2015, the NFC East was as mediocre as any division in the NFL a year ago.
Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2016 season, all four NFC East residents appear to have an equal opportunity to win the NFC East in 2016. Now, let’s find out which Super Bowl odds hopeful will bring home the bacon and win the NFC East in 2016.
Early 2016 NFC East NFL Betting Prediction – Who Will Win Division Crown in 2016?
The Cowboys may have won just four games last season, but with the return of starting quarterback Tony Romo and the addition of gifted running back Ezekiel Elliot, I think it’s quite possible the ‘Boys could get back on top in he NFC East this coming season.
In addition to Elliott, the Cowboys also added gifted Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith and Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in the NFL Draft and veteran running back Alfred Morris in free agency.
Depending on how healthy Romo stays, the Cowboys could win anywhere between eight and 10 games next season. Tough non-division matchups against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Baltimore, not to mention their six division matchups, lead me to believe that the Cowboys are destined for an 8-8 finish or maybe nine wins at most.
New York Giants
I know the Giants won just six games last season and have missed the playoff in each of the last three seasons, but I still believe they made a mistake by parting ways with beloved head coach Tom Coughlin in favor of inexperienced offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
First and foremost, the Giants may not be as far away from respectability as it seems, seeing as how they lost five games by three points or less last season. I also believe New York drafted three players that will have an immediate impact this coming season in first round pick, cornerback Eli Apple, second round pick, wide receiver Sterling Sheppard and fifth round pick, running back Paul Perkins.
The G-Men also added elite defensive end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Keenan Robinson in free agency, so this team could rebound in a big way in 2016. Still, I’ve got the Giants wining either eight games or nine at best.
I like Philadelphia’s hiring of Doug Pederson as head coach and quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but I think Philly’s front office has set this franchise back at least a couple of seasons thanks to their foolish personnel moves.
Outside of Wentz, I wasn’t impressed with the Eagles’ 2016 daft and I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why the Birds re-signed Sam Bradford to a big-money deal and added intelligent veteran Chase Daniel when they knew they were going to draft Wentz.
The Eagles have a handful of difficult non-division matchups against Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Green Bay, Seattle, Cincinnati and Baltimore in 2016, leading me to believe the best the Birds will do is seven wins.
The Washington Redskins won nine games last season to win the NFC East division title, but they certainly aren’t locks to improve on that mark in 2016. Despite their modest success a year ago, I remain unimpressed by either head coach Jay Gruden or quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The good news for this franchise is that they added two players that should make an immediate impact in first round draft pick, wide receiver Josh Doctson and second round pick, safety Su’a Cravens, not to mention they added arguably the best cornerback in the game today in former Carolina superstar Josh Norman.
Washington also did a nice job by adding veteran tight end Vernon Davis, safety David Burton and cornerback Greg Toler in free agency. Still, this franchise hasn’t had consecutive winning seasons since 1990-91, so history is clearly against them.
The Skins have difficult non-division matchups next season against Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Green Bay, Carolina, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Arizona, leading me to believe that an 8-8 finish is in store for Washington this coming season.