The NFL Draft is long over, and LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas released their Divisional Future odds for the NFL. We have found some interesting values, and the NFC East seems to be one of the divisions where value is repeating itself.
Although I don’t think the Eagles are the clear-cut favorite, they do seem like the best team on paper this offseason, and although they have some turnover at key positions, Chip Kelly seems like the taskmaster on offense. Their secondary is going to be where questions come up. Gone is Patrick Chung, however they resigned Nate Allen, and added Nolan Carroll and Malcom Jenkins. If this unit can come together, they are going to be very good at slowing down the pass. Their price may be a little overvalued at +160, but currently they have far less holes than their divisional counterparts.
Dallas had a pretty good offseason, but they still have some questions remaining. They had plenty of turnover on the defense line, but it can be argued that it was necessary after the season Dallas just had at trying to stop the run. They cut DeMarcus Ware and brought in Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain. If these moves pay off, it could do a lot for the Cowboys’ defense. In a recent article at ESPN Dallas, Coach Jason Garrett was quoted as saying that their defensive scheme works better when the defensive line is getting push. Even though that may be somewhat true, the Cowboys still gave up nearly 287 passing yards per game last season, and they did almost no changing to their secondary.
New York could be a team with some value in these NFL Odds, but they have had a lot of turnover from last season, and it remains to be seen whether they can turn things around heading into 2014. With additions on the defense like Quintin Demps, Robert Ayers, Jameel McClain and Walter Thurmond, the Giants should be much improved from last year’s team. In 2013, the Giants defense was solid, but it wasn’t as good as seasons past. Now with this newfound depth on that side of the ball, the Giants might be ready to compete again for this division. Eli Manning needs to have a big resurgence this season, and young David Wilson will need to take a big leap forward in the backfield. The Giants are pretty appropriately priced because of all this.
Washington is the dark horse in this division, and if they can put everything together under new head coach, Jay Gruden, then this price could once again be undervalued. Remember two offseasons ago when the Redskins were priced similarly to what they are now, and they won the division under a rookie, Robert Griffin III? Well, we are in the same spot. The Eagles look a little overvalued (remember what happened to them two seasons ago?) and the Skins are sitting at the edge of the division future odds with a lot to prove, and a roster that could get it done. If Gruden can take this offense and turn it back to how good it was in 2012, who cares how it gets done?