NFL NFC East Betting Preview: Division Odds, Win Totals, and More for 2020
Last updated: July 22, 2020
Welcome to SharpSide’s NFL betting preview covering the NFC East. Once again, the NFC East looks like it will be a two-horse race between the 2017 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and a Dallas Cowboys squad that is stacked with talent.
Elsewhere in the division, the Washington Redskins and New York Giants have new head coaches and will look to progress with the young talent they have on the roster.
In this NFC East betting preview, we’ll take a look at the odds to win the division and how each team shapes up for a new year of pro football.
*All odds in this article per FanDuel Sportsbook as of July 22, 2020, and subject to change.
Odds to win the NFC East
|Team||Odds as of July 22|
|New York Giants||+900|
Dallas Cowboys (-105)
Although the team missed out on the playoffs last season, the Dallas Cowboys are the current favorite to win the NFC East and get back to the postseason. The most notable offseason move that Dallas made was getting rid of head coach Jason Garrett and replacing him with Mike McCarthy. Although he spent a season out of the league, many are looking to McCarthy to bring in some fresh coaching and further the progression of quarterback Dak Prescott.
Speaking of Prescott, he should be the team’s QB for the upcoming season, but as of May 10 he had yet to sign the franchise tag tender. In the meantime, Dallas signed Andy Dalton who will likely be Prescott’s backup for the coming season, but you never know. It wasn’t too long ago that Le’Veon Bell didn’t sign the franchise tag with the Pittsburgh Steelers and instead sat out the entire season.
Prescott or no Prescott, the Cowboys still have a wealth of weapons on offense. Powerhouse running back Ezekiel Elliott and stud wide receiver Amari Cooper are back, then the team drafted wideout CeeDee Lamb with its first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Dallas also has Michael Gallup, so that’s a pretty solid unit of pass catchers no matter who is throwing the ball.
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Philadelphia Eagles (+140)
The Eagles won the NFC East last season, but they then lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Seattle Seahawks despite the game being played in the City of Brotherly Love.
Gone is running back Jordan Howard, but all signs point to Miles Sanders being very good. A healthy Carson Wentz at quarterback will be good for the team, and they did draft Jalen Hurts to be an exciting do-all option that could be the Eagles’ version of what the New Orleans Saints do with Taysom Hill. The Eagles had a lot of injury problems on defense and at wide receiver last season. Nelson Agholor left in free agency, but the team drafted Jalen Reagor to help fill that void.
The Eagles have a good coaching staff and are always a tough team to play against. The talent may not be as stacked as the Cowboys, but don’t rule out Philadelphia getting another division title this season.
New York Giants (+900)
Joe Judge, formerly on the staff of the New England Patriots, is the new head coach for the New York Giants and he’ll be tasked with progressing a team with a lot of young talent on it.
We all know what Saquon Barkley is, and he’s an absolute stud at running back. Daniel Jones will be in his second season at quarterback and we’ll see if he can take the next step. Last season, Jones had a couple of flashes but the inexperience was certainly there to be witnessed. To help Barkley and Jones, the Giants drafted tackle Andrew Thomas.
The Giants also tried to fix up the defense a bit, starting by drafting safety Xavier McKinney out of Alabama in the second round. New York also added some cornerbacks and linebackers in the draft.
Washington Redskins (+1300)
Washington had the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and went with Chase Young, a defensive end out of Ohio State and a player that many deemed as the most talented one in the class. Washington’s defense is young and has the chance to be pretty good, especially if Young can make an immediate impact.
Ron Rivera is Washington’s new head coach and we’ll see what he can do with this team. He brought over Kyle Allen from his old team, the Carolina Panthers, and Allen will provide some competition to Dwayne Haskins at quarterback. Terry McLaurin looked great for Washington last season and will be an exciting watch heading into his second season.
All in all, Washington is a young team with some potential, but that doesn’t feel like division-winning potential. This upcoming season will be all about Washington taking the next step in the process of developing its young core.
NFC East win totals
The NFC East has long been considered one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. Although the Giants and Redskins are in a bit of rebuilding with new faces and a lot of young talent, the in-division games should be hotly contested, and then we’ve got the Cowboys and Eagles up top as two for-sure playoff contenders.
Both the Cowboys and Eagles have win totals of 9.5, per FanDuel Sportsbook, whereas the Giants and Redskins are down at 6 wins and 5 wins, respectively.
|Team||Wins||Odds as of July 22|
|Dallas Cowboys||Over 9.5||-150|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Over 9.5||+100|
|New York Giants||Over 6||-115|
|Washington Redskins||Over 5||-120|
NFC East odds to make the NFL Playoffs
|Team||Make Playoffs?||Odds as of July 22|
|New York Giants||Yes||+380|