NFC East Preview: Everyone Chasing the Cowboys

Doug Upstone

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017 12:47 PM UTC

You won't get many arguments that Dallas is the best team in the NFC East, other than from those from the three other teams in the division who view their squads quite differently.

In looking at the NFL odds and preseason magazines, how the four teams will finish already appears set in stone. However, this is the NFL, where anything and everything is possible. Here is our preseason preview and all odds listed are courtesy of 5Dimes.


Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones' Cowboys are young and hungry coming off a 13-3 campaign (10-6 ATS). On offense, Dallas should be even better as long as star running back Ezekiel Elliott does not miss too much time with expected suspension. QB Dak Prescott has a full year under his belt, has plenty of weapons and plays behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Where the Cowboys are likely vulnerable is in the secondary, where they were 26th last season in passing yards allowed and lost four key performers. The front seven was tops in the NFL in stopping the run and may have to do even more this year for Dallas to win division.

Odds To Win Division (as of 7/19)

Dallas +130

N.Y. Giants +250

Philadelphia +370

Washington +570


New York Giants

Somehow the Giants finished 11-5 (9-7 ATS) and made the postseason. Eli Manning is following in his brother's footsteps in advancing age, now at 36, showing regression in almost every statistical category. At this age, every quarterback needs a running game, even Tom Brady, and last year New York did not have one -- and nobody is sure if it will even be average in 2017 after finishing 29th last year in rushing. All the money upgrading the defense paid off, listed second in fewest points allowed at 17.8 per game. For NFL picks, it seems to be all on the offense to improve, and with Manning it could go either way.

Season Win Totals (as of 7/19)

Dallas Ov9.5

N.Y. Giants Ov8.5

Philadelphia Ov8

Washington Ov7.5


Philadelphia Eagles

After a 3-0 start, first-year coach Doug Pederson looked like a genius, but after finishing the year 6-10 (8-8 ATS) Eagles fans were less impressed. Pederson's ultra-aggressive approach looks wonderful when you are winning; otherwise, often nonsensical. Philly added wide receivers to help QB Carson Wentz and his new favorite target will be Alshon Jeffery. Defensively, Philadelphia should be a slightly above average crew again, and if they generate more turnovers and sacks, which is possible, the Eagles could win at least nine times.

Odds To Win NFC (as of 7/19)

Dallas +540 (3rd in NFC)

N.Y. Giants +1050 (5th)

Philadelphia +370 (11th)

Washington +570 (12th)


Washington Redskins

The Redskins are starting to fade once again. Last year's 8-7-1 (10-6 ATS) record sure seems to be wishful thinking. The Washington front office does not want to pay Kirk Cousins for his production and willingly overlooks a mediocre crew of running backs and defense hindered by a lack of talent. Owner Daniel Snyder, after staying out of the football business, started meddling again and we have been down this path before. With the apparent weaknesses in this squad and the lack of significant upgrades on defense, it's hard to see the Skins reaching .500.

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