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The Eagles Are Flying as Heavy Favorites to Win NFC East

Wentzylvania fever has taken over the NFL going into Week 8 and sportsbooks have taken notice. The Philadelphia Eagles are heavy favorites at -800 to take the NFC East crown, which would be their first since 2013.

Opening the season at +250 to win the division, the Eagles look set to reward bettors who were on them early. But after storming through opponents and losing by only seven points in Week 2 at Kansas City, the Eagles could be in trouble to remain at the top. One concern would be that only two of their six wins were by more than seven points. Another issue could be injuries. Philly lost starting left tackle Jason Peters and starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks in Week 7. Injuries to these key positions could make the Eagles vulnerable to a late-season collapse.

The Dallas Cowboys, currently listed at +500 on Bovada, may be the popular choice to make a run at the Eagles, but I’m here to tell you, don’t count on it. The Cowboys currently sit at 3-3 and have yet to win a game against a top contender. Their three victories were against the 49ers, Cardinals and Giants, which aren’t exactly high-end teams in the NFC. Throw in the fact Ezekiel Elliott still has a six-game suspension hanging over his head and it’s shaping up to be a lost year for America’s Team.

The Washington Redskins would have been the sneaky play for bettors had they beaten the Eagles in Week 7. But after getting swept in the season series against Philadelphia, it would take a monumental collapse by Philly for Washington to sniff anywhere near the top of the NFC East. As a result, oddsmakers have listed them accordingly at +1200.

The New York Giants started the season as co-favorites with the Cowboys to win the NFC East. I don’t even think the Giants’ worst enemies could have predicted just how awful they would be. Going 0-5 to start the season and sitting at 1-6, the G-Men can be crossed off and dismissed immediately at +6600.

Odds to Win 2017 NFC east Division
TeamOdds
Philadelphia Eagles-800
Dallas Cowboys+500
Washington Redskins+1200
New York Giants+6600

Odds as of October 26 at Bovada

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Led by two rookies in 2016, the Dallas Cowboys surprised many by having a 13-3 season and will be attempting to become the first team since the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001 to 2004 to win the division in consecutive years. Oddsmakers have the Cowboys and Giants pencilled in as co-favorites at +190 odds but the often volatile division offers some intriguing betting options when you consider its tradition of parity over the years.

Their record last season clearly indicates that they’re the class of the division, but Dallas was simply average in divisional games. All three of their losses last season came at the hands of divisional opponents — twice to the Giants and once to the Eagles. The Cowboys offense will look very similar to last year, but the secondary has undergone a major overhaul with Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and J.J. Wilcox all suiting up for new teams in 2017. That might not necessarily be a bad thing, however, as Dallas allowed the sixth-most passing yards in 2016 and was one of just six teams to not have 10 or more interceptions.

The Giants are expected to be their top competition in the division, but they haven’t won it since 2011. New York ranked 27th in the NFL with 19 points per game in 2016 and will hope the addition of Brandon Marshall to an already strong group of receivers can get them closer to the 26.2 points per game they averaged in 2015. They’ll return a defense that allowed the fourth-fewest points in the league last season and will look to stay on par with a 4-2 record vs divisional opponents, which was the best in the division.

The Eagles came out of the gate flying in 2016 with a surprising 3-0 start, but ultimately they were who we thought they were and finished at 7-9. Their offense received a huge injection of veteran talent with the additions of Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount and Torrey Smith that should give Carson Wentz a big boost in his sophomore season. One area that will require significant improvement this season is their play on the road. They went 1-7 in 2016 and allowed 25.9 points per game on the road vs 15.5 at home.

The Redskins appeared to have a playoff position in hand with a 6-3-1 record through their first 10 games, but they choked down the stretch, losing four of six games. They’re in good shape on offense as they replaced DeSean Jackson with a younger and more physical Terrelle Pryor, and Rob Kelley could be in for a big season in his first full year as a starter. Bettors will want to play close attention to Redskins’ totals this season as they went OVER in 12 of their games in 2016.

Here’s the NFC East futures odds entering the 2017 season:

Odds to Win 2017 NFC east Division
TeamOdds
Dallas Cowboys+190
New York Giants+190
Philadelphia Eagles+250
Washington Redskins+600

Odds as of September 1 at Bovada

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The NFC East was looking like a crapshoot before the preseason got underway, and when Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went down with a back injury, the division looked even more wide open. But eight weeks into the season, the ’Boys are all alone when it comes to futures markets.

At Bovada, the Cowboys are hefty -200 favorites to win the East. Philadelphia (+500), New York (+500) and Washington (+850) are all in plus-money.

That’s because the Cowboys have flourished under the guidance of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Entering Week 9, “America’s Team” was atop the division with a stellar 6-1 record. The Giants (4-3), Eagles (4-3) and Redskins (4-3-1) all possessed winning records in the competitive race.

As Romo heals, there’s been talk about the veteran regaining his starting role under center in Big D, but it’s hard to imagine Dallas will go away from Prescott. The Mississippi State product has 1,733 passing yards, nine touchdowns and a 99.6 quarterback rating to go along with only two interceptions. Prescott’s 65.2 completion percentage is another sign of a quarterback who’s playing well beyond his years.

Elliott leads the NFL in rushing at 799 yards and has put his name into the MVP conversation. The dynamic running back is for real, and he’ll only get better the longer he anchors the backfield in Dallas.

Do you think another team will make a run for the NFC East banner, or are the Cowboys destined to reclaim the title? Have your say in the comment section.

2016 NFC East Champion

Odds as of November 3 at Bovada

  • Dallas Cowboys -200
  • Philadelphia Eagles +500
  • New York Giants +500
  • Washington Redskins +850

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There has not been a repeat winner in the NFC East since the Eagles won it four times in a row from 2001-2004 so the trends are not in favor of the defending champs. Washington won the division last year by going 9-7 and was the only team in the East with a winning record – brutal.

Oddsmakers at Bovada don’t like the Washington team to repeat either and have tagged them with a +300 line to win consecutive division crowns. The NFC East has been the most volatile division in football for years, and in another season of uncertainty, 3/1 seems like some of the best value on the division futures board.

Dallas, with the public money behind them, is the +175 favorite to win the division and if Tony Romo can get through an entire season healthy, they probably should. The Cowboys still boast one of the most talented offensive lines in pro football and if Ezekiel Elliott turns out to be the prospect he’s been advertised as, the Dallas offense that ran the ball over 50% of the time last year could put up similar rushing statistics as it did in 2014.

The Tom Coughlin era is finally over in the Meadowlands as Ben McAdoo took over head coaching duties from the man who held the job for 12 years. It was clear in the offseason what the Giants' goal was – improve their abysmal defense. New York gave up the most yards in the league last season and finished 6-10. They filled some holes through the draft and free agency but a defense as terrible as the Giants’ was last year cannot be turned around in one offseason. Odell Beckham Jr. is still one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the NFL but won’t be able to do it all himself.

Philly brings up the rear with +400 odds to win the NFC’s East division after floundering to a 7-9 record in 2015 and, amazingly, finishing second in the division. The Eagles' offense has a good chance at being one of the worst in the league this year with almost no talent at the running back position and Sam Bradford at the helm. Although they’ve put the Chip Kelly regime behind them, Philadelphia could see a significant regression this year with a rookie head coach calling the shots.

Odds as of August 16 at Bovada

  • Dallas Cowboys +175
  • New York Giants +250
  • Washington Redskins +300
  • Philadelphia Eagles +400

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The NFC East has always been a division of parity and unpredictability. No team has won the NFC East in consecutive seasons since 2004 and each team has ended the season as the best in the division at least twice in that span.

The Dallas Cowboys have opened as the +150 favorites to win the division crown according to BetOnline. The Cowboys offense was rather underwhelming last season outside of their running game, as the passing game finished 27th and the team averaged the second fewest points per game. However, the team will hopefully get a full season of a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant to fix that.

Next in line is the New York Giants at +240. The Giants made some big splashes in free agency with the team shelling out big contracts for DL Olivier Vernon and CB Janoris Jenkins to try and fix a league-worst defense from last season.

The Washington Redskins (+350) and Philadelphia Eagles (+400) round out the NFC East. Washington won the division last season thanks to Kirk Cousins’ phenomenal play at quarterback. The Eagles will need to figure out who exactly is their quarterback before they can think of a run at the division title.

2016-17 NFC East Champion

Odds as of May 5 at BetOnline

  • Dallas Cowboys +150
  • New York Giants +240
  • Washington Redskins +350
  • Philadelphia Eagles +400

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Maybe it’s kind of ironic that the division that’s been the laughingstock of the NFL this season is also offering the tightest race as the season starts to wind down. With their victory over the Bills last week, The Washington Redskins took a one-game lead in the division and have become the favorite to win the NFC East according to Bovada.

The first place Redskins travel to Philadelphia this Sunday for a game vs the second place Eagles. In Week 4, the Redskins narrowly beat the Eagles 23-20 in Washington. The Redskins have managed to win three out of their last four games and can grab a stranglehold of the division with a win on Sunday, and possibly even lock things up if the Giants lose their home game to the Vikings.

The Giants, who are listed at +700 to win the division, are one game back of the Redskins. The Giants have been on a major slide, losing four out of their last five games. To make things worse for the G-Men, they’ll be without their top playmaker Odell Beckham this week after he was suspended for throwing a hissy fit in Week 15 vs the Panthers.

You like that Redskins fans!?

2015-16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of December 22 at Bovada

  • Washington Redskins -140
  • Philadelphia Eagles +160
  • New York Giants +700

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There’s no going around it: the NFC East is a tire fire this season. Thanks to a three-way tie for the division lead between the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at 6-7 SU, many are dubbing the division the “NFC least” thanks to the underwhelming performances of the three clubs vying for a postseason berth (don’t even get me started on the 4-9 Dallas Cowboys).

When it comes to wagering on futures, however, the division is no laughing matter. At Bovada, there’s no shortage of value if you like a certain team’s chances. With Week 15 on the horizon, it’s the Eagles (+130) who are slightly favored to claim the crown with the Giants (+190) and Redskins (+225) right on their heels.

If you believe in miracles like Herb Brooks did in his 1980 American hockey team’s Olympic gold medal matchup with the Soviet Union, the Cowboys are still available at +3300 odds.

After all, someone’s gotta win, right? Right?!

2015-16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of December 15 at Bovada

  • Philadelphia Eagles +130
  • New York Giants +190
  • Washington Redskins +225
  • Dallas Cowboys +3300

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Don’t look now, but the NFC East sucks.

After 13 weeks of football, the four NFC East teams have a combined 19-29 record and there is a three-way tie for "the lead" with a trio of teams sitting at 5-7. Of those 19 wins, nine have come when two NFC East teams have played each other.

Keep in mind—one of these teams will host a playoff game very soon.

Currently, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are both +225 to win the NFC East according to Bovada. The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys are close behind at +300.

2015-16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of December 8 at Bovada

  • New York Giants +225
  • Philadelphia Eagles +225
  • Washington Redskins +300
  • Dallas Cowboys +300

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Who is going to win the NFC East this year? In a division that's seen more ups and downs than a teeter totter, you may as well flip a coin at this point to determine the champion.

Heading into Week 9, the New York Giants sit atop of the division at 4-4 SU. Washington (3-4), Philadelphia (3-4) and Dallas (2-5) round out one of the strangest NFC East division races in recent memory. According to online sportsbook Bovada, it's Philly that has the best odds to win at +140 odds.

The Giants rank slightly behind at +150, meanwhile the 'Skins and Cowboys rank well behind them.

Strap on your seat belts, folks. It's going to be a (not so) wild ride to the end.

2015-16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of November 6 at Bovada

  • Philadelphia Eagles +140
  • New York Giants +150
  • Washington Redskins +500
  • Dallas Cowboys +700

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Led by DeMarco Murray, the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year, the Dallas Cowboys beat the odds last season, winning 12 games to earn their first NFC East title since 2009 after opening the season as longshots.

Murray is gone, but the Cowboys still look toward the 2015 NFL season as slim +140 favorites to repeat as divisional champs at Bovada.

The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up a disappointing 2014 NFL campaign with 10 wins, missing the postseason for the third time in the last four years.

With a number of offseason personnel changes, including the addition of Murray to the team's backfield and the arrival of quarterback Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams, the Eagles closely trail the Cowboys with +150 odds at Bovada to claim their second NFC East title in three years.

Following a dismal 3-9 start last season, the New York Giants ended their campaign on a high note with SU wins in three of their last four outings.

With the addition of free agent running back Shane Vereen, and a highly motivated Eli Manning entering the final year of his contract, the Giants are expected to show improvement. However, the Giants are a +350 bet at Bovada to return to the top of the NFC East.

In 2014, the Washington Redskins endured their fifth losing season in the last six years, winning just four games to finish dead last in the division for the sixth time in seven years.

And the oddsmakers at Bovada expect little improvement from the Redskins in 2015, as they are pegged as +1400 longshots to win the NFC East division title.

2015/16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of August 22 at Bovada

  • Dallas Cowboys +140
  • Philadelphia Eagles +150
  • New York Giants +350
  • Washington Redskins +1400
2015/16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of July 20 at Bovada

  • Dallas Cowboys +125
  • Philadelphia Eagles +180
  • New York Giants +300
  • Washington Redskins +1400
2015/16 NFC East Champion

Odds as of May 5 at Bovada

  • Dallas Cowboys +130
  • Philadelphia Eagles +175
  • New York Giants +300
  • Washington Redskins +1400

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