The NFC East appears to be a two-horse race between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. But, as we’ve seen from this division in the past, what we think will happen in the NFC East and what actually happens are two very different things.
Is this going to be another upside down year for the division and can the Washington Redskins or New York Giants leap over those rivals? Here’s a closer look at each team and their NFL sports bet odds to win the division title in 2019:
Philadelphia Eagles -125
Carson Wentz is returning from a season-ending injury for the second time in his career after missing the end of the 2018 campaign, turning the keys over the Nick Foles to push the team into the postseason yet again. This year, Foles is gone and Wentz must survive the full 16 games if Philly is going to get back among the league’s elite. There’s potential on both sides of the ball, with the Eagles bevvy of skill players and flashes on brilliance on the stop unit. However, the defense was inconsistent in 2018 and struggled when they couldn’t create QB pressure and turnovers.
Dallas Cowboys +180
Head coach Jason Garrett is singing for his supper in 2019 with the team not reupping his contract. There are few excuses for the long-time coach, who has a balanced offensive attack and some incredible young talents causing chaos on the defensive side of the football. Perhaps the one thing hanging over the Cowboys and their NFL betting odds is the status of league-leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott, who is rumored to hold out during camp – and maybe longer – as he pressures for a new contract. This team isn’t as dependent on Zeke as past seasons, but he’s the key to the offense and – by way of TOP – the defense as well.
Washington Redskins +800
Head coach Jay Gruden sits atop the odds for the “first head coach fired” for the 2019 NFL season and is on a short leash in Washington, which will be anxious to work in rookie QB Dwayne Haskins. This very much feels like the Browns situation in 2018 but with less potential talent on the field. The Redskins should – and that’s a hard “should” – have a solid rushing attack with veteran Adrian Peterson returning and Derrius Guice back on the field after missing his rookie campaign due to a torn ACL. They also have rookie Bryce Love, who is also coming off a knee injury.
New York Giants +1,200
It could be Saquon Barkley versus the world when it comes to the Giants’ playbook this season. The do-it-all back is very much the only show in town for the G-Men, with WR Odell Beckham Jr. forcing his way out of the Big Apple. New York also dealt pass-rush expert Olivier Vernon and didn’t resign standout safety Landon Collins. And we haven’t even touched on Eli Manning and the Giants’ mess under center. Manning is showing his age and skeptics have already blasted the team for reaching on rookie passer Daniel Jones in the draft.