The NFC East was easily the worst division in football last year as the Washington Football Team claimed it despite a 7-9 record. Will any team finish with a winning record this year in the new 17-game schedule? Let’s break down each team’s NFL odds to win the East.
What will happen in the NFC East this season?
Dallas Cowboys (+130)
Do the Cowboys have a Dak Prescott problem? Of course, he suffered a season-ending broken ankle in Week 5 last year. Prescott is healed from that but now has a shoulder problem that may keep him out the entire preseason – and that’s if it’s just minor. When the Cowboys break training camp in California and return home this weekend, Prescott is planning on getting a precautionary MRI to check out his right shoulder strain. The original MRI exam revealed no serious issues other than a strain, to heal through rest. While he has not practiced for two weeks, Prescott has been throwing a bit but remains on a pitch count. Dak said he’s experienced no arm soreness in the last couple of days, and that if a regular-season game was this weekend, he’d play. “We’re staying on this track and staying smart about it. …It’s something we want to nip in the bud and not let linger.”
Washington Football Team (+160)
Washington’s defense should be fantastic; the WFT had the No. 2 defense in the league last year behind the Los Angeles Rams — who allowed an average of 22.7 fewer yards of total offense per game. The front four is stacked with Chase Young, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat, and then the linebacking corps should receive a huge boost in the form of first-round pick Jamin Davis. In the secondary, the club has a legitimate No. 1 cornerback in free-agency addition William Jackson. Washington also returns safety Landon Collins from injury.
New York Giants (+350)
The offensive line is the big question for this team as the Giants are thin following the retirements of Zach Fulton and Joe Looney. Center/guard Jonotthan Harrison and offensive tackle Nate Solder are both injured. The Giants have reached a point where they need to add some depth on the offensive line, whether that’s via free agency or trade. In recent practices, the defensive line has been getting the better of the offensive line most days. There is positive news on running back Saquon Barkley. He returned to practice this week for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee early last season, and he expressed optimism afterward that he could be ready for Week 1. The Giants have been adamant about taking it slow with Barkley. He started camp on the physically unable to perform list, where he worked on a side field with trainers.
Philadelphia Eagles (+600)
Philadelphia’s offense should be better than it was in 2020. The Eagles turned the ball over 29 times and posted a turnover margin of minus-10; they should be better in both categories in 2021. They have a new primary quarterback in Jalen Hurts and a new coach in Nick Sirianni. They were also unlucky last season, going 3-6-1 in one-score games. Philly is pretty deep at running back with Miles Sanders, Boston Sanders, Jordan Howard, Kerryon Johnson, and rookie Kenneth Gainwell. Sanders probably will get the most carries while Scott and Gainwell will play significant roles in the passing game. Howard and Johnson are competing for the final spot.
Expert Predicted Order of Finish
- Washington, Dallas, NY Giants, Philadelphia
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