NFC East Preview
In what ended up being a complete shitshow of a division, the NFC East was won last year by the Washington Football Team. Let’s take a deep dive into the teams within this division and see if there are any opportunities to place a bet. If you’re looking for official futures and expert picks, look no further than BTB and BTBJesse. You can get their picks by clicking Buy Packages above.
Washington Football Team
Last year: 7-9, first in division
Defense was the key for the WFT last season. They were second in the NFC in points allowed, behind only the Rams. Replicating that year-to-year is difficult, so it is natural to question if they can sustain their performance. Believe it or not, Ryan Fitzpatrick is still in the NFL, and he is the starting QB for this squad. Can he make it another season of Fitzmagic? The books seem to think they will be at least a game better than last year posting a total of 8.5. They are second at +230 to win the division as well. I don’t have a great read on what this team will be this year. They should be able to win eight games, but that ninth seems tricky to me, so I’ll pass on them altogether.
New York Giants
Last year: 6-10, second in division
Daniel Jones showed flashes of a competent quarterback last season. This year he needs to take another step forward if the Giants are going to make a real push to compete in the division. The other big question is if star running back Saquon Barkley will be healed and how effective he will be for the season. They did pick up Kenny Golladay so now they have a threat wide receiver that should help open the offense up a bit. Their win total is listed at 7 games. I personally feel like they will be under that total. I don’t buy into them, but I will place a sprinkle on the exact win total of 5 games at +600 and 6 games at +550.
Last year: 6-10, third in division
The often-hyped Cowboys were on an interesting ride until Dak Prescott’s ankle went one way and he went another. It was a gruesome injury and good to see him back on track to return as the starter. With a fully healthy offensive team, they should be able to compete with anyone in the league. The problem is their defense gave up almost 30 points a game. The Cowboys recognized the need and used eight of their 11 draft picks on defensive players. I think the team will improve and at +130, they are my play to win the division. All they really need is a bit of health on their side for them to be the best team in the league.
Last year: 4-11-1, fourth in division
The ball and team will now be placed into Jalen Hurts’ hands. He will be working in the preseason to get on the same page as first round pick Devonta Smith. An aging Philadelphia defense makes me concerned about the success chances of the Eagles. The Eagles have a win total of 6.5, and I do like the over, but I’m not crazy about it. Instead, if I play anything on them, I think that as long as Smith stays healthy, he can be a 1,000-yard rookie receiver. The Eagles will play from behind a lot, he is their best receiver already, and a great route runner. He is +300 to have over 1,000 yards.
- David Troy
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