If you’re fired up about the quickly-approaching 2020 NFL regular season and you’re ready to make a futures odds wager on the potential winner of the NFC East this coming season, then consider your ticket punched! Thanks to the expert NFL betting insight that you’re about to get, you’re going to be able to maximize your chances of cashing in on a season-long futures odds wager on the NFC East outcome. With that said, let’s get started with my predictions on the division winner, the surprise team in the division and my upset pick so you can plan ahead and make your bets against their odds to win the NFC East division.
2020 NFL Odds & Picks for NFC East: Title winner, favorites, surprise, upset
Dallas Cowboys -110
Despite going a modest 8-8 to finish second to Philadelphia last season, Dallas has been installed as prohibitive favorites to claim the division title in 2020 and rightfully so I believe. First and foremost, the Cowboys made a great move by parting ways with underachieving former head coach Jason Garrett in favor of former Packers Super Bowl-winning leader Mike McCarthy.
Not only that, but the Boys got one of the biggest steals in the NFL draft by landing gifted former Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th overall pick after Las Vegas and Denver passed n the top-rated wideout in the draft at No. 12 and No. 15. Dallas also got former Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round and Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore in the third round. The Cowboys also added veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and defensive tackle Dontari Poe in free agency while re-signing Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper to a long-term deal.
Dallas finished sixth in scoring a year ago (27.1 ppg) and 11th in points allowed (20.1 ppg) and I believe the addition of McCarthy is going to bring a whole new level of confidence and seriousness to a team that has underachieved far too often the past few seasons. Yeah…I’m going with the Boys to cash in as the prohibitive favorite to win the NFC East in 2020.
Philadelphia Eagles +140
The first thing you need to know about Philadelphia is that no team has repeated as division winners in the NFC east since the Eagles pulled off the feat way back in 2003 and 2004. More importantly, I believe Philadelphia dropped the ball in several ways, starting with their selection of former TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21s overall pick when higher rated receivers like Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk and Tee Higgins were all still available.
Philly then dropped the ball again by drafting former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round when that pick would have been better spent on getting quarterback Carson Wentz some more help at the wide receiver position. Philadelphia did re-sign defensive back Jalen Mills and safety Rodney McLeod in free agency, but this is a team that also foolishly parted ways with bruising running back Jordan Howard. The Birds finished the 2019 campaign ranked 12th in scoring (24.1 ppg) and 15th in points allowed (22.1 ppg), but I don;t think they did nearly enough to win back-to-back NFC East division titles.
NY Giants +800
The Giants wisely parted ways with former head coach Pat Shurmur after going 4-12 last season, but they hired a guy with no previous head coaching experience at any level in former Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach Joe Judge. New York did finish a decent 18th in scoring a year ago (21.3 ppg), but they also finished a dismal 30th in points allowed (28.2 ppg). To improve their lackluster offensive line play, New York drafted former Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas with the fourth overall pick, but there were several tackles rated higher that they passed on, including Jedrick Wills and Mekhi Becton who went 10t and 11th overall, although I do like the Giants’ selection of former Alabama safety Xavier McKinney in the second round. New York added veteran running back Dion Lewis in free agency to back up star Saquon Barkley while also signing veteran linebacker Blake Martinez and placing their franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Overall, I don’t see the G-Men surpassing eight wins, if they even reach that figure.
Washington Football Team +1600
The now, renamed Washington Football Team went a pitiful 3-13 in their final year under former head coach Jay Gruden, but they also made one of the best moves of the offseason by naming former Panthers head coach on Rivera as the man to lead them back into contention in the near future. Rivera will have his work cut out in trying to improve an offense that finished dead last in scoring (16.6 ppg) and a defense that finished 27th in points allowed (27.2 ppg). Washington had a modest free agent signing period by signing tight end Richard Rogers, running back Peyton Barber and cornerback Kendall Fuller among others, but they got a true stud that will play right away in superstar former Ohio State defensive lineman Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick and solidified their linebacker position by signing former Panthers Pro Bowler Thomas Davis in free agency. The good news is that Washington has a nice young talent in quarterback Dwayne Haskins while veteran Alex Smith has worked his way back from one of the most horrific injuries we’ve seen in recent NFL memory. I wouldn’t be surprised one iota to see Washington challenge New York for third place in the division under the no-nonsense Rivera.
Division Winner: Dallas Cowboys