The Dallas Cowboys are the reigning NFC East champions. The Philadelphia Eagles look like the only team capable of challenging them for the divisional crown. Here’s a look at where each team (plus the rest of the NFC East) stands at the sportsbooks going into the season and where to find value in futures and season prop bets with our NFC East predictions.
The Cowboys won 12 games last year in the NFC East division. There is little to suggest that they can’t do it again. Despite Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott both frequently fighting injuries last season, Dallas topped the NFL with 530 points scored and, in an arguably weaker division with an excellent offensive line and an outstanding collection of weapons, could do so again.
This doesn’t mean that come playoff time, there won’t be concerns. At that time of year, the health of their top two players goes a long way in determining their fate.
Though the Eagles are improved, a plus-money price on the Cowboys repeating as NFC East champs represents excellent value, with odds to win the NFC East division of +135. Another wager that might be worth a look is Dak Prescott’s season passing yards prop, which is set at 4,350.5 yards. Though we’re not explicitly recommending this one, consider that in an “off year” in which he battled injuries, Dak still passed for 4,449 yards.
The Joe Judge era mercifully ended in 2021, with the New York Giants as one of the NFL’s worst teams. This season, under a new coach-offensive coordinator combo in Brain Daboll and Don Martindale, it’s time to find out if fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones is going to “put up or shut up”.
Jones helmed an offense that ranked 31st in points scored (258) in 2021. Though he threw just seven interceptions, Jones also fumbled seven times (though, after fumbling a combined 29 times in his first two seasons, this was an improvement). Bettors have high hopes at this time of year, but can the Giants realistically expect to get a healthy season out of running back Saquon Barkley? After leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2018 (2,028), Barkley has missed significant time since, appearing in just 28 games over the past three seasons, including just two in 2020.
If Jones and Barkley can’t stay on the field, the Giants will lose at least 10 games for the sixth straight (and eighth in nine) seasons - and probably drop at least 11 for the fourth time in five campaigns. Given what we’ve seen from the Giants in recent years, we can’t just assume that both will suddenly stay fit.
Therefore with Jones lining up behind a rebuilt offensive line, targeting a receiving corps that’s highly underwhelming (no Giant topped 521 receiving yards in 2021) and has itself been hit by injuries, it’s unlikely that “Danny Dimes” will go over his season passing yards line of 3,650.5 yards. A bonus for bettors, who are early to the UNDER, is a plus-money price.
It was no surprise that the Eagles were such a wildcard last season. 2021 was a season of transition in Philly. Despite this, under first-year head coach Nick Siranni, the Eagles did win nine games and, against the odds, reach the playoffs.
The key for the Eagles was a fairly potent offense that ranked 13th in the NFL in point differential, 8th in yards differential, and nearly cracked the top ten in points scored. The key to the offense was dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts, who had an adventurous season throwing for over 3,100 yards and 16 touchdowns while racking up another 784 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
The key for the Eagles in 2022 (and beyond) will be how Hurts progresses as a downfield passer. If he can limit his mistakes and improve his accuracy, Philadelphia will be dangerous in 2022. Considering the Eagles won nine games and managed to nab a Wild Card spot last year, despite having a roster in transition and Hurts learning on the job, an improvement of at least one win seems likely. Beyond that, though, they may not have quite enough to win the NFC East but should once again reach the playoffs - and this time advance to the divisional round.
Washington has a team name now. After taking the field for two seasons as “The Football Team”, the team in the Nation’s Capital is now “the Commanders”. That’s something!
There is some on-field intrigue as well, as the team acquired QB Carson Wentz from Indianapolis via trade to help Ron Rivera and Co. to ignite a declining offense that, for a fourth straight year, ranked in the bottom third of the league in yards (21st) and points scored (23rd).
Despite foot and ankle issues all season - and though the season ultimately ended on a sour note - Wentz looked more like himself in Indianapolis last season with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Health will be a concern, as the Commanders’ offensive line is not as stout as that of the Colts. Also, there’s the issue of familiarity, as these other NFC East teams have already had to regularly gameplan for Wentz from his days in Philadelphia.
If Wentz struggles to get the ball out to his receivers - namely Terry McLaurin - 2022 will be another long year in D.C.
The Cowboys claimed the division in 2022, taking the title ahead of their game against Washington with 3 games remaining in the season. Achieving a record of 12-5, was enough to see them through to the Wildcard playoffs where they came crashing out following defeat against the 49’ers.
Despite the Cowboys holding the title, no team has gone on to win successive titles since 2004. The Philadelphia Eagles will be eager to pip their rivals, however, sportsbooks currently back the Cowboys as the division winner with NFC East odds of +135.
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The duos at the top and bottom of the AFC South will almost certainly stay as they were in 2021, though it seems a safe bet that the Colts will overtake the Titans atop the division, and the Texans will assume the Jaguars’ traditional spot at the bottom of the pile.
In the NFC North, the Packers remain heavy favorites, and the Bears have a lot of work to do. In between them, the Vikings and Lions will be battling for relevance in the NFC playoff picture.
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