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NFC East Division Odds and Predictions

The NFC East is one of the most historic and competitive divisions in the NFL and figures to continue that trend going into 2019. The Dallas Cowboys are back to defend their crown after securing the division title a year ago, while the Philadelphia Eagles are poised to give them a serious run for their money.

The anticipation for a tight division race is mounting, while fans and bettors can’t fully rule out the likes of the New York Giants or Washington Redskins just yet.

For constant updates on the latest 2019 NFC East odds, NFC East predictions, and advice for betting on the NFC East, be sure to keep coming back to this page all year long.

Latest NFC East Odds

Dallas Cowboys-200
Philadelphia Eagles+160

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NFC East Predictions

  • Current Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles
  • Last Updated: December 20th

As banged up as Philly is, they really have no business beating the Cowboys and being the team that emerges from the NFC East. Nevertheless, Dallas continues to shoot themselves in the foot and has struggled to win “the big game.”

Couple that with the fact that Dak Prescott is now dealing with a dinged-up throwing shoulder. Believe it or not, Philadelphia has a genuine shot at hosting a home game during the first weekend in January.

  • Current Prediction (Noah Davis): Dallas Cowboys
  • Last Updated: December 20th

I will stand by this Dallas pick, even though I am predicting they lose to the Eagles this week. Weird, right? Well, that’s the NFC East for ya.

Previous NFC East Predictions and Analysis

December 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

Picking a team that’s currently 5-7 to win the division might sound ridiculous, but have you seen the Eagles remaining schedule? Philly plays the Redskins, the Giants twice, and they get to host Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field. Heck, finishing 8-8 could end up being enough to get the job done!

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East is laughably bad. The Dallas Cowboys could literally lose out and still win this thing. The Eagles are in such a bad way that they collapsed and lost to the Dolphins. Dallas isn’t great, but they’re the best of what this turd division has to offer.

November 21st

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys have played the best and most dependable football of any team in the NFC East, but here’s the thing that has me circling back to Philadelphia. Dallas plays at Philly in Week 16 in a game that will almost certainly decide who advances from this division. In that particular spot, I’ll side with the Eagles.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

I’m off of the Eagles bandwagon. I still think the coaching and depth is there, but Carson Wentz seems absolutely lost without a reliable deep threat. Unless he snaps out of his funk, Philly is flirting with not even making the playoffs.

November 7th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles haven’t played consistent enough to hold their position as my NFC Championship pick, although I do still think they have enough to win their division. It might not look pretty against the Patriots in Week 12, but check out their last five games of the season.

Philly will play Miami and Washington, along with the Giants twice. Getting to 10 or 11 wins shouldn’t be an issue for Doug Pederson.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys are annoying, but I’m sure they’ll mess this up. They presently own the season series edge, but they’ll blow it when these teams meet for a second time. Philly is simply the deeper, more balanced team. I’ll continue to trust in that.

October 17th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

We’ll learn a lot on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 when Philly visits Dallas, and the return of Saquon Barkley perhaps gives New York reason to believe. In the end, I wholeheartedly believe the Eagles have the most talented roster and the best coaching staff in the NFC East. That should be plenty to amount into a division title.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

The NFC East sure is a big bowl of trash, isn’t it? The Redskins finally won a game, though, while Saquon Barkley’s return could honestly make the Giants viable. Ultimately I think a 9-7 team wins this division. I’ll stick with Philly just because I don’t fully trust that Jason Garrett won’t be fired on a whim in the next two weeks.

October 3rd

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

I’m not writing the Cowboys off just because they got stumped by the Saints without Drew Brees even playing, I just genuinely think the Eagles are the best football team in this division. Don’t look now, but the Giants are lurking at 2-2 and Saquon Barkley is suddenly set to return by Week 6 at the latest.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

Getting a tough road win at Lambeau Field tentatively keeps me on Philly. The NFC East is probably still down to just them and the Cowboys and the second Dak Prescott ran into a competent team, he froze. We’ll see how he fares against the Packers, but for the moment I’ll trust the Eagles, who are the deepest team in this division.

September 19th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

It’d be easy to jump ship and hop aboard the train headed to Dallas, but Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett still have three months to find a way to screw this thing up. I’m not going to let a slip-up on the road at Atlanta in a primetime spot cause me to abandon the vessel this early.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

I will readily admit that I am slowly stretching my foot across the line and thinking about going with Dallas. But Philly is the deepest, most talented team in this division. And I’m supposed to buy into Dak after trouncings over the Giants and Redskins? It’s going to take more than that.

September 5th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

The return of Ezekiel Elliott has the fanbase in Dallas excited, and the Cowboys roster is stockpiled with talent. Then again, it’s only a matter of time until Jason Garrett and/or Jerry Jones mess things up. Look for the cream to rise to the top in the NFC East – and that means Philly will be hoisting the crown.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

When do lengthy contract holdouts work for anyone? I can’t remember the last time a big one happened and it propelled his team to a title. Dallas is a legit threat to repeat as NFC East champs, but they’re not the most talented team in this division. That’s the Eagles and a healthy Carson Wentz has them as the team to beat.

July 28th

  • Prediction (Michael Wynn): Philadelphia Eagles

The Redskins and Giants are in rebuilding mode, and there’s always drama in Dallas. That should leave Philly with a nice opening to thrust into the postseason.

Not only do I trust Carson Wentz more than Dak Prescott, but I’ll take Doug Pederson over Jason Garrett every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  • Prediction (Noah Davis): Philadelphia Eagles

Half of this division is already dead, likely leaving the Eagles and Cowboys to duke it out for the crown. I’ll take the team with the better quarterback, coaching, and defense.

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Early 2019 NFC East Analysis (Noah Davis)

The NFC East has long been dominated by the Dallas Cowboys, and they returned to their throne in 2018. The Cowboys even moved on to win a playoff game, but the Philadelphia Eagles were right there behind them and get a healthy Carson Wentz back.

Dallas and Philly are undeniably the two most logical NFC East betting choices for 2019, but bettors will want to consider all options. That puts the Redskins and Giants — both of which boast amazing price tags — in the conversation.

To help you make the right bet on the NFC East this season, here’s a quick breakdown for all four teams.

Philadelphia Eagles

Doug Pederson runs a free-flowing ship where versatile players tend to rally behind each other. If you were unsure about his coaching impact, just look at how he won Philly’s first-ever Super Bowl with a backup quarterback.

That’s impressive, but Philly is better long-term with a healthy Carson Wentz in the saddle. His return to effective football in 2019 makes the Eagles the tentative favorites to win the NFC East and rightfully so.

After all, the Eagles looked like the best team in football with him running the offense pre-injury in 2017.

If Wentz is that guy again and the Eagles can manage to run the ball and defend like they’re capable of, they could do a lot more than just win this division.

Dallas Cowboys

The only other logical threat in the NFC East is Big D, who happened to man the top spot in 2018. Dallas is loaded on offense with a slew of guys in Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper that may all have chips on their shoulders with lingering contract situations.

Dallas is going to be highly motivated on all levels, while they relished the opportunity to prove skeptics wrong last season. One major thing the ‘Boys have going for them is their balance on both sides of the ball, while notching a playoff win last year may have nabbed them the experience they need to take things to the next level.

Dallas is going to be in the mix for this division no matter what, but should the Eagles falter, they may end up being a lock at a considerable discount.

Washington Redskins

Washington lost quarterback Alex Smith to a catastrophic leg injury last season and has been scrambling to recover from it ever since. A trade for Case Keenum and the drafting of Dwayne Haskins signals panic, but if either move pans out, the Redskins could surprise people in 2019.

Smith may never play football again, while he’s almost surely out for at least this season. That puts the Redskins in a bad spot, as they’re trusting a journeyman or a rookie under center. Adrian Peterson carrying the ball too much may not be ideal, either, while a middling defense may not be able to make up for any offensive struggles.

Jay Gruden is better than he gets credit for, and there are some building blocks in DC. Whether they can sort things out at quarterback, however, may be the key to how their season unfolds.

New York Giants

New York should be given the benefit of the doubt as they try to rebuild their team on the fly, but to this point, the fans and media haven’t been very understanding. That will happen when you win just eight games over the past two years and make countless head-scratching moves.

Trading away superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. tops the list, while New York also hung onto the horribly ineffective Eli Manning, allowed stud safety Landon Collins to walk for nothing in free agency, and reached for quarterback Daniel Jones in the 2019 NFL Draft.

That’s a mouthful, and it looks to put the G-Men behind the 8-ball going into 2019. They do have Saquon Barkley and a hopefully improved defense, however, and crazier things have happened.

It’s quite clear that Vegas and just about everyone else expects Big Blue to stay glued to the bottom of the NFC East, however.

Initial NFC East Pick

The consensus is in; this division is down to two teams, and it will be very surprising if one of them doesn’t win the NFC East. Betting on the Redskins or Giants feels like a huge waste of money, which likely means you need to find a way to correctly pick a side between Dallas and Philadelphia.

Michael Wynn and I both agree that the favored Eagles could be as good as ever this year. That could put them in the driver’s seat to take this division back, especially if Wentz is healthy and effective like he was just two seasons ago.

Dallas offers value and is absolutely built to give the Eagles a tough time throughout the 2019 season, but the Eagles still figure to be the team that ends the year on top.

Pick
  • Philadelphia Eagles
    -105

Previous NFC East Winners

As noted before, the NFC East has been Cowboys Nation for quite some time. That has continued to be the case even in recent years, as Dallas has built a mild dynasty within the division.

That hasn’t led to any titles since the Cowboys last secured one back in 1995, but it sure has given them a stranglehold atop the division when you look at each team’s success in the NFC East.

That’s evident with one quick look at how many NFC East crowns all four teams have secured.

  • Dallas Cowboys – 23
  • Philadelphia Eagles – 10
  • Washington Redskins – 9
  • New York Giants – 8

It’s been mostly Dallas lately, however. The Cowboys won in 2018, which gave them the division championship three times in the past five years.

The rest of the division is spaced out nicely among the other three teams, but that’s misleading when it’s stretched out over several decades. Washington, for example, is closing in on second place for division titles won in NFC East history, but they’ve won just two in the last 27 years.

For a quick rundown of recent success for these teams inside the division, take a peek at the last ten NFC East division winners.

  • 2018: Dallas Cowboys 10-6
  • 2017: Philadelphia Eagles 13-3
  • 2016: Dallas Cowboys 13-3
  • 2015: Washington Redskins 9-7
  • 2014: Dallas Cowboys 12-4
  • 2013: Philadelphia Eagles 10-6
  • 2012: Washington Redskins 10-6
  • 2011: New York Giants 9-7
  • 2010: Philadelphia Eagles 10-6
  • 2009: Dallas Cowboys 11-5

Betting on the NFC East shouldn’t be directly attached to what has happened in the past, but history can always repeat itself. This look down memory lane shows which teams have kept themselves in position to compete at a relatively high level, but it doesn’t guarantee anything for anyone betting on the NFC East.

One thing this ten-year rundown does show, however, is that it hasn’t always taken much to secure the NFC East crown. In just the past ten years, teams with 10-6 records or worse won the division a surprising six times.

The only team that won with 11+ wins over that stretch? The Dallas Cowboys.

Another thing to consider for NFC East betting is the fact that these division races have been remarkably tight. In the past ten years alone, the second-place team finished the year one win behind or even had the same record as the team in first place.

The NFC East hasn’t run very deep, though. The third-place team has finished with a record of 9-7 or better just five times since 1992. During that stretch, the best third-place team was 9-7 every time.

Needless to say, the case for a two-team race is alive and well in the NFC East.

Lastly, the NFC East winner has had a good amount of success after winning the division. Philadelphia parlayed their division crown into the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy in 2017, while someone has emerged from the division to win the Super Bowl 13 different times.

The NFC East has at least produced the NFC’s Super Bowl representative 22 times as well.

None of this means the NFC East winner will do anything more than make the playoffs, nor does it get you any closer to picking the team that wins the division. It could still impact how you view each respective team and help you make your decision, however.

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