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NFL Betting – NFC East Odds and Preview 2020

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
May/20/2020

  • While the Cowboys are favored to win the NFC East, the Eagles have some value at +115

  • Redskins and Giants big hires won't matter this season claims Bookmaker

  • Quirky factoid: The Boys have won the AFC East in every even numbered season starting in 2014

  • Eagles are a strong team under Doug Pederson and will present a challenge

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It looks like a two-team race in the NFC East this year and the odds reflect that. The Dallas Cowboys look to get more from their offense with the hiring of Mike McCarthy and were installed as a negative odds favorite. With the division home to three of the five new coaches in the NFL this season, it’s likely to get more recognition for that rather than the play on the field. Two of the three, including McCarthy, aren’t new coaches, just new to their team. The Washington Redskins hired former Carolina coach Ron Rivera to turn that franchise around. The New York Giants did the same appointing Joe Judge. It won’t make a difference this year with the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles the class of the division.

Odds to Win 2020 NFC East

Dallas Cowboys -118
Philadelphia Eagles +115
New York Giants +1700
Washington Redskins +2500

NFC East Preview

If you’re a fan of the Cowboys you have to be stoked about the team’s prospects in 2020. After years of threatening, Jerry Jones finally pulled the trigger on firing Jason Garrett following an underwhelming 8-8 season. Enter Mike McCarthy, who had all kinds of success with the Green Bay Packers winning 62 percent of his games with nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title in 13 seasons.

The Boys have won the AFC East in every even numbered season starting in 2014, so that’s another thing making the faithful optimistic. And it’s not like the division is overpowering. Dallas led the NFL with 431.4 yards per game and scored the sixth-most points. They also had a strong defense which makes their record all the more puzzling.

All the weapons are back led by Dak Prescott, who was second in the NFL with 4,902 passing yards. He completed over 65 percent of his passes with 30 touchdowns. The aerial attack got a boost with the drafting of CeeDee Lamb, who joins Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to form a strong receiving corps. And the offensive line, regarded as one of the best in football, returns albeit without Travis Frederick.

While the Giants and Redskins continue to work out the kinks, the Eagles will look to defend their division crown and diversify their offense. In need of help at receiver, Philly made an odd choice of Jalen Reagor with their first draft pick. Alshon Jeffery was the leading pass catcher among receivers with 43 receptions and 490 yards, which was fourth best on the team. When a pair of tight ends and a running back have more catches and yards than a receiver, help is needed.

For the first time since his rookie season Carson Wentz started all 16 games and produced strong numbers without a go-to wideout. He threw for 4,039 yards and 27 touchdowns while completing 64 percent of his passes. He was sidelined early in the playoff loss to Seattle and Nick Foles wasn’t around to rescue the team. Philly drafted Jalen Hurts to give them a reliable backup in case Wentz goes down again.

It’s hard to imagine the Giants or Skins making enough strides to challenge for the division. They should be better making things a little more interesting. New York moved on from Eli Manning, giving the club to Daniel Jones. With the writing on the wall Manning quietly exited. Jones looked comfortable throwing for 3,027 yard and 24 touchdowns last season and should make strides now that the Giants are his team.

Former Patriots assistant Joe Judge will have his hands full. He’s the fourth head coach in five seasons since the G-Men parted ways with Tom Coughlin. They’ve won just 12 games in the past three years combined. They had a nice draft and plugged some holes through free agency. One of the picks, Alabama’s Xavier McKinney, should help a porous pass defense that ranked 28th.

The hiring of Ron Rivera looks like the best move the Skins have made in years. It’s not the coach’s fault that injuries tore the team apart the last few seasons, but the bottom line is that those Ls are next to his name. The talent level isn’t near what Rivera had to work with in Carolina, but getting structure in the organization will help the bottom line.

Can Dwayne Haskins be a NFL quarterback? Is the defense improved enough to wipe out memories of last year’s wretched performance? Chase Young will help the latter and yes is the answer to the former. It’s going to take time, though.

2020 NFC East Pick

It’s hard not to like the Cowboys to win the NFC East. They have the talent to do so, and with McCarthy taking over Prescott and Co. should have fun on the field. The Eagles are a strong team under Doug Pederson and will present a challenge. However, the Boys are a more balanced team and should win the division. We never know about injuries, especially to a quarterback. Dallas’ Andy Dalton insurance policy gives them an experienced backup just in case Dak goes down.

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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