The NFC East was once the crown jewel of the National Football League. Dallas, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington. Every franchise has a deep, storied, history and most franchises in the division are bitter rivals. But over the last couple of years, it's become a two-horse race in pph sportsbooks. The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have bumped heads since at least 2018 while the New York Giants and the team that plays in D.C. have floundered.
Ironically, in Week 1, only the Washington Football Team, the biggest underdogs to win the NFC East, scored a victory with a 27-17 upset win over the Eagles as 5.5-point home dogs. Odds have barely shifted, though, and the jury is still out on whether the Cowboys or Eagles will win the division in NFC East betting.
Whether or not you believe the Cowboys are still "America's Team”, owner Jerry Jones has built a squad that is a consistent contender for the NFC East crown. Despite their Week 1 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the offensive line, skill players, and defensive talent, make the Cowboys the favorites to win the division.
Dallas came into the season with 11 returning starters. New head coach Mike McCarthy arrived in Big D to spark a stagnant offense. But against the Los Angeles Rams, McCarthy’s offense scored just 17 points. The Cowboys also went 0-7 on third down and couldn't contain LAR’s pass rush. Oddsmakers opened the Cowboys as just 2.5-point underdogs on the road, showing they weren't confident in the once-dominant Rams. The Cowboys still failed to cover.
To make matters worse, Dallas couldn't escape the Monday night loss without being hit hard by the injury bug. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is out six-to-eight weeks with a broken collarbone – he'll require surgery.
And starting tight end Blake Jarwin is out for the season with a torn ACL. Even with the injuries, if McCarthy can add more passing creativity to the offense while feeding pro bowl running back Ezekiel Elliot, the Cowboys should remain in the driver's seat to win the division.
It's surprising that the Eagles are behind the Cowboys in betting on NFC East winners as they won the division last year and are two years from an uncanny Super Bowl run. But the bottom line is Philly requires quarterback Carson Wentz to put this team on his back for consistent success; it doesn’t help that Wentz has a history of back issues.
According to Pay Per Head Reviews,their Week 1 loss came at the hands of division rival Washington, giving up eight sacks behind a depleted offensive line. Wentz also displayed rookie mistakes in year five with two costly interceptions that sparked the comeback.
If the Eagles want to make a run at the division, they have to get healthy, and head coach Doug Pederson’s decision-making must improve. Two of their offensive lineman started their first career games, and no adjustments were made to help Wentz get rid of the ball before the Washington blitz plowed through the line. Wentz won't survive the season if the line can't hold.
That said, with a .486 strength-of-schedule and +160 odds to win the division, oddsmakers still have confidence the Eagles can turn it around. NFL odds favored the Rams at home in Week 2 over the same team that won straight up and against the spread versus the Cowboys.
When it comes to facing each other during the regular season, the Cowboys have had the advantage. Dallas has won four out of the last five contests straight up and are 4-1 ATS in those meetings. That said, last year, the Eagles won, covered, and denied the Cowboys the NFC East title with a 17-9 win at home despite being +2 underdogs. This could be another season where the NFC East Division winner another comes down to the final two regular-season weeks.
The New York Giants and Washington Football Team are NFC East betting afterthoughts. Though Washington may garner some interest after beating the Eagles in Week 1, they are still looked at as an eventual division bottom-feeder.
Both teams require a strong run game to have a chance at shocking oddsmakers and giving bettors a huge NFL futures payday. If Week 1 is any indication, neither team will deliver. Washington averaged 2.2 yards per carry. Giants running Saquon Barkley posted a brutal 0.4 rushing yards per carry average.
Neither team have the quarterbacks or defense capable of carrying a struggling offense for four quarters. Therefore, having a solid run game to set up play-action passes is the best bet to keep them in the division. If either team develops a solid rushing attack, they may upset with some wins. Bookie software agents should adjust future bets on NFC East teams if that happens.