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Odds to Win the NFC East: Will the Eagles Fly Again in 2018?

NFC East Betting Odds August 30

When quarterback Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52, the other teams in the NFC East knew they may be in trouble in 2018. The Eagles are the reigning Super Bowl champions and online sportsbooks have pegged them as -155 favorites to win back-to-back division titles for the first time since 2004.

Here is a breakdown of each NFC East team’s chances to top the division:

Philadelphia Eagles

Odds to win NFC East -155

The Eagles may be the team in the best shape in the division from a roster and salary cap perspective. Philly has blue-chippers at every position on the roster and – as shown in Super Bowl 52 – two starter-worthy quarterbacks. The Eagles were third in points per game and fourth in points allowed last season, making them the only team in the NFL to rank in the top five in both categories.

Usually, when a team wins a Super Bowl, there is a mass exodus of players due to salary cap restrictions or players seeking a payday after a successful year. But the scary part is instead of losing key players, they instead added former Pro Bowlers like defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata to an already dominant defense. The odds aren’t great at -155 but it’s shaping up to be another great season for the City of Brotherly Love.

Dallas Cowboys

Odds to Win NFC East +375

America’s team has the goods to beat anyone in football. They also have bad habits and holes on defense that can allow them to lose to anyone in football. Dallas had a season from hell in 2017 that had All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott suspended for six games, which became a distracting media circus that only the Cowboys could create. Now that they’ve moved on from the drama, the reality is they might not have the firepower to withstand the schedule they’ve been given.

In 2018, the Cowboys have to face 13 teams that either made the playoffs or finished with a winning record. Their offensive line is on the mend with All-Pro center Travis Fredericks out for the foreseeable future with Guillain–Barré syndrome and All-Pro guard Zach Martin hobbled with a knee injury. The other troubling question for Dallas is who is quarterback Dak Prescott going to throw to? After cutting wide receiver Dez Bryant and with tight end Jason Witten’s retirement, the ’Boys are left with Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley to eat up the targets. That trio does nothing to scare opposing secondaries, which means the +375 price tag could be a ripoff.

New York Giants

Odds to Win NFC East +500

Another team that had everything go wrong in 2017, the Giants are poised for a huge bounce-back campaign. The Giants running game got a significant boost with No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley as he is already pegged to score double-digit touchdowns and be taken early in fantasy football drafts. Barkley will be assisted by New York’s additions to the offensive line; they signed away LT Nate Solder from the Patriots and selected guard Will Hernandez in the 2018 draft.

Offensively, this team matches up with any team in the NFL as long as quarterback Eli Manning rounds back into form. Manning is the X factor for whether bettors should back the Giants to win the division and, coming off the worst season of his career, he can only be better in 2018 (19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017). At +500, the value is decent to back the G-Men to win the division for the first time since 2011.

Washington Redskins

Odds to Win NFC East +750

Usually, losing your franchise quarterback would cripple your team but the Washington Professional Football Team may have gotten the best consolation prize you can get. After failing to commit long term to Kirk Cousins, the Skins acquired former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith to rein in the troops and offer stability in the pocket for a team that has only won the division title once since 1999.

Washington should be thrilled to get Smith as he hasn’t had a losing record as a starting NFL quarterback or thrown more than eight interceptions since 2010. But it’s the defense that got torched last season by opposing offenses, especially the defensive line that allowed the most rush yards per game (134.1) in the NFL. It’s not impossible for Washington to win the division but with the deck stacked against them and the other divisional teams all improving, it’s hard to endorse a Redskins wager considering the odds at +750.

Odds to Win 2018 NFC east Division
TeamOdds
Philadelphia Eagles-155
Dallas Cowboys+375
New York Giants+500
Washington Redskins+750

Odds as of September 5 at Bovada

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