In 2020, the NFC East was considered the worst division in football. The Washington Football Team ended up taking the divisional crown, but they did so with a 7-9 record. All four of the teams finished with losing records and fell well below preseason expectations.
This year, three of the four teams are expected to show improvement. Dallas is hoping to return to the postseason as they see the return of franchise QB Dak Prescott.
The Giants have added new pieces on both sides of the ball and the WFT have built upon their solid roster from last season.
Will the Cowboys bounce back and win the division for the first time since 2018 or will it be the Giants and WFT fighting it out for the NFC East crown for a second straight year?
Let’s huddle up to examine the latest NFC East betting odds, courtesy of the best NFL betting sites, and make some division winning predictions.
There are two key transactions that will make or break the Dallas Cowboys this season. First, and foremost, is the return of Dak Prescott. The franchise quarterback missed most of the season with a nasty lower leg injury in Week 5 against the Giants.
Prescott has fully recovered and is ready to lead the Cowboys back to the top of the NFL in regards to being the best offense in the league. They held that mantle in 2019 and were the top offense through the first four weeks of the season last year before Prescott was injured.
The Dallas offense has plenty of talent around Prescott and they should have success both through the air and on the ground. However, there are some concerns along the offensive line especially due to several players missing time last year because of injuries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dallas fired Mike Nolan and got rid of his atrocious defense. They hired former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn to improve one of the worst defenses in the league last year.
Dallas signed numerous defensive players to add depth in key positions where they lacked last year. But, they also drafted a stud linebacker in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in Micah Parsons. He joins DeMarcus Lawrence and Jaylon Smith as franchise players for the defense.
With an explosive offense and an improved defense, the Dallas Cowboys could be Playoff bound in 2021.
Dallas should go at least 4-2 in the NFC East as they will sweep the Eagles and most likely split with the Giants and WFT. They also play against the NFC South which I believe Dallas can go 3-1.
The other two NFC games are against the Vikings and Cardinals which they will most likely split. That means the Cowboys could go 8-4 in conference play.
Dallas will probably go 2-2 against the AFC West which brings us to 10-6. Their fifth AFC matchup will be at New England, which I don’t see them winning.
There’s a chance that Dallas can finish anywhere from 9-8 to 11-6. With that said, I like the Over for the Cowboys this year. Dak will make this offense great again and the defense should see some improvement with the additions of Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn and LB Micah Parsons.
After beating out the New York Giants last year for the divisional crown, with a little help from the Philadelphia Eagles, the WFT went into the offseason looking to build upon their roster which features a great defense and some potential on offense.
Washington Football Team signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead the offense which has players like Terry McLaurin and the free agent addition of WR Curtis Samuel. Journeyman tight end Logan Thomas became a fantasy football stud last year for WFT and is poised for another big year.
Running back Antonio Gibson looks like a promising prospect and should see improvement with a healthier o-line and an above average passing game.
This elite defense added a potentially explosive piece when they drafted linebacker Jamin Davis in the 1st round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They also signed players like CB William Jackson III to anchor the corner position.
Like with Dallas, I see the WFT going 4-2. I believe they will also sweep the Eagles and then split with the other two teams in the division. Additionally, I see the WFT going 3-1 against the NFC South.
However, they play the Packers and the Seahawks in their two other NFC matchups and I don’t see them winning either. Washington should finish 7-5 in NFC action.
Washington will most likely go 2-3 against the AFC this year as they will finish 2-2 at best against the AFC West and will lose at Buffalo in Week 3.
The WFT could finish anywhere from 8-9 to 10-7 this year. With that in mind, the Over is the smarter choice of the two. I think there’s a better chance of Washington get nine or more wins than nine or more losses.
Of the four teams in the NFC East, the New York Giants are the biggest wild card.
Offensively, the Giants were anemic last year, but that was due to several big factors. First, and foremost, they lost their best player in running back Saquon Barkley due to a torn ACL. He’s fully recovered and ready to explode this year.
His likely success will be in part due to an improved passing game that added a true #1 receiver in Kenny Golladay. Along with receivers Sterling Sheppard, Darius Slayton and TE Evan Engram, this Giants passing attack will be the best the franchise has seen since their Super Bowl wins.
Defensively, the Giants added a solid #2 corner in Adoree’ Jackson to go alongside their shutdown corner in James Bradberry. New York also added a few key additions in the NFL Draft that will add depth and help improve a Giants defense that was surprisingly good in 2020.
If the defense can continue their 2020 success, and the offense can jump into the Top 15 in the league, this Giants team could win their first divisional title since 2011.
Like with Dallas and Washington, I see the Giants going 4-2 this year in the NFC East. I also see them going 2-2 against the NFC South. That puts them at a 6-4 record which is just one game below the O/U of seven wins.
The question now comes down to whether or not they can win two of their other seven matchups.
New York will play the Rams and the Bears to close out their NFC conference play. That’s a tough set of games. At best they go 1-1 as I don’t see them beating the Rams. But, the Bears are beatable.
In five AFC games, the Giants play the AFC West where they will probably go 1-3 unless they can steal the Week 1 matchup at Denver. And then their final AFC game is against the Dolphins.
This is going to be close, but I am going with the Over. I believe the Giants can finish at least 8-9 on the season with an improved offense and a solid defense.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Philadelphia Eagles will finish dead last in the NFC East. This franchise is in disarray and they don’t have the talent to match the other three teams in the division. A big part of this was due to their salary cap issues and poor drafting over the last few years.
Philly will have a first-time head coach in Nick Sirianni as Doug Pederson was sent packing at the end of the season.
The offense will be led by second year QB Jalen Hurts who showed flashes of brilliance last year in limited action. However, the offensive line isn’t great. Their playmakers like RB Sanders and WR Reagor both missed time last year with injuries.
Furthermore, Fulgham, Ward, Arcega-Whiteside and rookie WR Smith aren’t going to scare any opposing defenses in 2021. They could develop into a solid passing attack in a year or two.
Defensively, the Eagles feature stars like Fletcher Cox and Darius Slay, but don’t have a lot of depth. There are question marks with the front seven and, if they can’t get to the quarterback, this secondary could be in trouble just like last year.
There are just too many questions surrounding the new coaching staff, the offensive line, a lack of top notch receivers, and their defensive front seven to think this franchise can be a winning team in 2021.
Right off the bat, I believe the Eagles will go winless in the NFC East which puts them at 0-6 on the year. Against the NFC South, Philly will be lucky to even go 2-2, but they will most likely end up 1-3.
The Eagles will close out their conference play with a win against Detroit, but a loss against the 49ers. That will leave them 2-10 in conference games this year. If they’re lucky they might go 3-7.
Against the AFC West, the Eagles might beat the Raiders, but they don’t have the talent to beat the other three teams. I do see Philly beating the Jets in their one additional AFC game. That means the Eagles will most likely go 2-3 at best versus the AFC.
After looking over their roster and their upcoming schedule, I just don’t see the Eagles even winning six games this year.
This team will finish as one of the worst in the league and probably end up with a Top 3 or 4 draft pick next year. Take the Under and the solid return on investment at +120 odds.
It’s clear that the Eagles will finish last in the NFC East this year and near the bottom in the conference as well. Only Detroit appears to be worse on paper than Philly does in the NFC.
Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys will not only be the best in the division, but one of the best in the NFL as well. The return of QB Dak Prescott should lead this team to a winning record in 2021. How many wins is the question?
With that said, I like their additions on defense enough to think that Dallas will win the NFC East in 2021. The battle for second in the East is going to be a tough one.
The Giants have improved their offense dramatically with the addition of Golladay. They now have a solid trio of receivers and will also see RB Barkley return. I’m excited to see what they can do.
With that said, Washington’s defense is elite. They’ve improved their offensive talent enough to where I see this team edging out the Giants for the second spot in the NFC East.
However, this division will most likely only see one team make the Playoffs as I feel more confident in the NFC West getting the Wild Cards than the East.
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