2021 NFC East Divisional Futures Predictions Betting Odds
No team has won back-to-back division titles in the NFC East since the Philadelphia Eagles did it in 03-04.
Philly wants to win it again after taking the NFC East title in 2019, but the Dallas Cowboys are the odds-on favorites.
The NY Giants and the Washington Football team are closer to the rebuilding stages than winning the division.
Let’s see it.
Odds To Win The NFC East Division
|New York Giants||+800|
|Washington Football Team||+1200|
|Bet On The NFC East Division Winner At|
Dallas Cowboys -110
There isn’t a more hyped team in the NFL than the Dallas Cowboys. It happens every single season, and the result is usually the same.
Dallas hasn’t been to a championship game in 24 years. Last season, they were once again favorites to win the division. Yet, an injury-plagued team like the Eagles played better down the stretch and left the Cowboys out of the playoffs.
Garret: Gone At Last
The Cowboys finally fired Jason Garrett after ten years and many disappointing seasons. Jerry Jones hired Mike McCarthy as the new head coach. The hire is not sexy per se, but the team needed a change, and this is the first step.
McCarthy kept OC Kellen Moore, who loves play-action. Moore helped QB Dak Prescott record his best career-year in 2019, posting 4,902 yards and 30 passing touchdowns.
The problem is, the Cowboys had been one of the worst teams in the red zone over the last two seasons. In 2018 they ranked 27th in conversion rate inside the red zone and 16th in 2019. The problem was Garrett’s lack of aggressiveness in the last part of the field.
Best Receiving Corps In The NFL
Dallas has arguably the best receiving corps in the NFL. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup were fantastic last season. The team picked WR CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the 2020 draft. Lamb could be the most talented of all three.
Cooper might end up playing in the slot because his rout running is smooth and effective. Since he joined the Cowboys, Amari has averaged 17.4 yards per reception when playing in the slot.
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott had recorded over 1300 yards in three of his four seasons in the NFL. He didn’t reach the 1000-yards in 2017 when he played only team games due to injury. He’s still solid.
The Defense, Though…
The Cowboys defense, however, is a work in progress. The team lost DT Gerald McCoy for the season after he re-injured his quad during the first day of training camp. Dontari Poe will take his place.
Trevon Diggs and Chidobe Awuzie will play cornerbacks. Both very athletic but also inexperienced. The front office signed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the free agency to help, but the unit’s lack of experience seems to be a problem.
Philadelphia Eagles +140
The Eagles were a good enough team to win the NFC East last season despite suffering a hurricane of injuries. Philly lost their three starting wideouts early in the year. They also finished the wildcard game against Seattle with veteran QB Josh McCown under center.
Carson Wentz will enter 2020 with the same question that had surrounded him in the last couple of years. Can he stay healthy? If he can’t, the Eagles drafted QB Jalen Hurts in the second round as insurance.
The Wideout Position Got A Makeover
The team also addressed the wideout position in 2020. They selected TCU receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round, Boise State WR John Hightower in the fifth and Boise State WR John Hightower in the sixth. Those three rookies will join veterans DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery.
The Eagles will give most of the carries to second-year RB Miles Sanders. He set a franchise rookie record with 1,327 yards from scrimmage in 2019.
Philadelphia’s biggest question beyond Carson Wentz’s health is the right guard position. Brandon Brooks will miss the season due to injury. He has been a Pro Bowl player since he joined the Eagles in 2017.
What About The Defense?
On defense, the Eagles will rotate Javon Hargrave next to Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. They will be a mismatch against offensive lines with problems up the middle.
The team traded for CB Darius Slay. He is a lockdown cornerback that will allow defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz a lot of formation freedom. However, losing S Malcolm Jenkins is significant.
New York Giants +800
The Giants had a bizarre 2019 season. They selected Daniel Jones with the 6th overall pick in the draft but then decided to handcuff him.
New York ran the ball 61% of the time RB Saquon Barkley faced 8+ defenders in the box. They never let Jones sling it, especially in such obvious situations.
Let’s Talk Daniel Jones For A Sec
The jury on Jones still out. He’s entering the second year of his career after showing good things and others not so great in 2019.
Jones was just the second rookie passer in NFL history to have three games with four or more touchdown passes. He also threw 24 touchdowns in the season, third all-time by a rookie.
The Giants never had Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton all simultaneously in 2019. Too many injuries prevented us from seeing the offense in full motion.
What worries me about Daniel Jones’ progress is the Giants hired Jason Garrett as the offensive coordinator. There is enough data to know Garrett is not aggressive on offense. He could hinder Jones’ development.
Meeting Joe Judge
Also, we know little about new head coach Joe Judge. He was the New England Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach in 2019. His philosophy is something we will find out in 2020. But reports said he’s putting players to run laps after making mistakes. That’s old school.
New York is limited on defense. They franchised DT Leonard Williams, who has been a disappointment since drafted by the Jets in 2015.
However, the team added two excellent pieces in free agency. LB Blake Martinez was a tackling monster in Green Bay last season. They also signed CB James Bradberry, who is young but reliable.
New York is in a rebuilding stage. There are good things, especially their quarterback, but the team lacks talent in significant positions. At +800, the Giants are not attractive enough to pull the trigger.
Washington Football Team +1200
There aren’t many teams in the league with the supreme talent Washington has in the defensive line. This football team is shaky on every other position, but the defensive line should be one of the best in the NFL in 2020.
Will It Be Enough To Make Washington A Competent Team This Season?
Probably not. But if you don’t take them seriously, they will shock you.
HC Ron Rivera is now in charge after a few disaster years under Jay Gruden. Rivera is a defensive-minded coach who will do wonderful things with this defensive unit.
Between DT Jonathan Allen, DT Daron Payne, DE Montez Sweat, veteran DE Ryan Kerrigan, and rookie DE Chase Young, Washington has five first-round picks in the defensive line. The amount of talent is absurd.
The Talent Is Not Equally Distributed
However, the rest of the team precisely lacks that: talent. The secondary defense recently added CB Kendall Fuller, whose best years might be behind him. And safety Landon Collins has been stuck since moving from New York because the rest of the secondary has let him down.
I’m assuming second-year QB Dwayne Haskins has the upper hand for the starting QB job, but Rivera has said little about it. Haskins ended 2019 with 1365 yards, seven touchdowns, and the same number of interceptions. He was thrown to the lions by a coaching staff that did not believe in him.
Kyle Allen was signed to be a backup, and then there is the Alex Smith story. As great of a story as it is, I have a hard time believing Smith will start for Washington after undergoing 18 surgeries and almost losing his leg.
McLaurin’s Talent: Check. What About The Others?
The team has no other talented player outside the numbers other than WR Terry McLaurin. He started the 2019 season with five touchdowns in the first five games, but only recorded two the rest of the way.
Washington will be a dangerous team if opponents take them lightly, but they don’t have a good enough roster to win the division.
NFC West Winner Prediction In 2020
Once again, the battle for the NFC East is between the Cowboys and Eagles.
Both teams are even entering the season. But the difference between them is that Dallas has been beating Philadelphia more consistently than the other way around. The Cowboys have won four of the last five games against the Eagles.
Eventually, the division will get decided by these head-to-head matchups. There is no Jason Garrett to handcuff the offense, which leads to the belief that Dallas will be a little more aggressive in 2020. There’s too much talent on this Cowboys offense to go elsewhere. Bet Dallas -110 to win the NFC East.
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