- BetOnline’s NFL Division Futures favor the Dallas Cowboys (+110) to capture the NFC East
- Philadelphia (+200) has become a trendy pick after landing star receiver A.J. Brown
- Both Washington (+450) and New York (+750) offer tremendous value in a division where teams are known to hover around .500
With the 2022 NFL Draft and free agency in the rear-view mirror, franchises across the league have their rosters set for the upcoming football season. Today, we preview the NFC East where the re-loaded Eagles and rebuilding Giants look to challenge the Cowboys for divisional supremacy.
|New York Giants||+750|
Cowboys set to backslide?
No NFC East team has repeated as division champion since 2004 when the Eagles captured their fourth-straight division title. That could spell bad news for a Cowboys (+110) franchise that hasn’t recorded double-digit wins in consecutive seasons since the mid 1990s. Coming off a 12-5 season and a dispiriting Wild-Card playoff loss to the 49ers, Dallas traded receiver Amari Cooper to Cleveland for peanuts and lost defensive end Randy Gregory to the Broncos in free agency.
The rapid decline of Ezekiel Elliott and the continued sputtering of the offense under OC Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott are just two more concerns. With Sean Payton’s well-documented connections to Jerry Jones, Mike McCarthy could be entering a lame-duck season in Big D.
To prove to reporters that the Cowboys had Tyler Smith ranked higher on their board than Kenyon Green and Zion Johnson, Jerry Jones showed a copy of the team’s draft board.
Jerry Jones: “I’m dead serious.”
Stephen Jones: “Don’t show them that. … Put that sheet down.” pic.twitter.com/vvj2NV4aEr
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2022
Eagles take flight as a trendy pick
The Eagles’ odds to win the NFC East (+200) have shortened considerably since the night of the NFL Draft when general manager Howie Roseman traded up for behemoth defensive tackle Jordan Davis and landed star receiver A.J. Brown in a deal with the Titans. For good measure, he then stole linebacker Nakobe Dean in the third round to pair with his Georgia teammate.
Philadelphia has depth on their offensive and defensive lines and quarterback Jalen Hurts looks set up for success with a loaded receiving corps that also features Devonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert. Even at 2 to 1, the green birds are still a great value.
Can Giants and Commanders mount a challenge?
Washington (+450) was hoodwinked in their Carson Wentz deal with the Colts, but the 29-year-old retread is a definite upgrade on Taylor Heinicke. They also boast impressive talent at running back (Antonio Gibson, Brian Robinson) and receiver with Terry McLaurin and rookie Jahan Dotson. If Chase Young rebounds from a mediocre sophomore campaign, the Commanders should exceed expectations. Especially considering they have the easiest schedule in all of football, according to Sharp Football Analysis.
The newest New York Giant
Kayvon Thibodeaux 🍎 pic.twitter.com/MlTF0w82dC
— PFF (@PFF) April 29, 2022
New York (+750) might have landed the best offensive and defensive players in the draft in tackle Evan Neal and edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. With new coach Brian Daboll set to get the most out of Daniel Jones (and possibly Saquon Barkley), the Giants could come out of nowhere to win the NFC East if all the teams end up hovering around .500.
NFC East Pick: Eagles (+200)
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