NFC East Betting Preview: Odds to Win NFC East

Historically the NFC East has been one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.  While the teams still play each other tough, the NFC East isn’t considered a division with 4 potential playoff teams.

In 2013 the Philadelphia Eagles, led by 2nd year QB Nick Foles and rookie Head Coach Chip Kelly, took the division by surprise.  The Eagles went 10-6 but lost to the Saints at home in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

There are still a lot of questions surrounding the Eagles and whether they will have the same success after a year of tape.  RGIII should be healed from surgery and a miserable year in Washington.  Eli Manning and the Giants had a tough year losing their first 6 games but seemed to pull it together to win 7 of their last 10 games of the 2013 season.  The Cowboys will be the Cowboys as they define mediocrity going 8-8 in 2013.

Here is the 2014 NFC East Betting Preview

Philadelphia Eagles 7-5
Dallas Cowboys 7-2
New York Giants 5-2
Washington Redskins 7-2

Dallas Cowboys

2013 Record: 8-8 (9-7 ATS)

Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

The Cowboys would need a miracle to pull of a Super Bowl win let alone an NFC East division title.  They stood idle in the off season and really did nothing to improve an awful defense.  LB Sean Lee is out for the season so the Dallas defense will need to step it up to fill the void.  Look for Dallas to compete but ultimate lose close games due to their defense and Tony Romo’s inability to come through in the clutch.  Dallas may start strong but they seem to falter come December.  We can’t see them winning more than 8 games in 2014.

New York Giants

2013 Record: 7-9 (7-9 ATS)

Super Bowl Odds: 40/1

We certainly don’t expect Eli Manning to throw 27 INT’s again in 2014 or start the season 0-6.  The offensive line should be improved and Tom Couglin should have this team in playoff contention towards the end of the season.  The Giants have questions surrounding their entire team but Tom Coughlin has surprised us in the past and back to back under .500 records might spell the end of his tenure in New York.  Look for the Giants to hover around the 9-7 mark and contend for a Wild Card.

Philadelphia Eagles

2013 Record: 10-6 (8-7-1 ATS)

Super Bowl Odds: 20/1

Chip Kelly and the Eagles offense took the NFL by storm last season as Kelly’s high octane offense went over the Total in 5 of 6 games to start the season.  However, Vegas was able to make some money as the Eagles defense improved and 7 of their last 11 games went Under.  Nick Foles had a remarkable year at QB throwing for 27 TDs and 2 INT’s.  That will be very hard to repeat considering they released their top WR threat in DeSean Jackson.  Jackson’s absence will be a question until we see the Eagles play.  Many comments have been made about his negative effect on the locker room compared to his positive play on the field.  The Eagles traded for RB Darren Sproles which will be a nice addition to the back field and help keep one of the top RB’s in the league, LeSean McCoy, fresh late in the game and season.  We know the Eagles offense will score points but the question surrounds their defense and special teams.

Washington Redskins

2013 Record: 3-13 (5-11 ATS)

Super Bowl Odds: 50/1

The Redskins should be an improved team from 2013.  RG III should be healed from his surgery in 2012 and it was obvious that he came back too soon for the start of the 2013 season.  A healthy RG III puts the Redskins at a 9 win season.  New head coach Jay Gruden has some nice offensive talent to work with in addition to RG III with new addition DeSean Jackson, WR Pierre Garcon and Alfred Morris.  The verdict is still out on RG III and his recovery.  Will he even be the same dual threat QB or will his injury affect how he makes decisions?  Dual threat QB’s are a rare bread in this league and we know how quickly a hit can side line them for a season.  Will DeSean Jackson bring a renewed energy and provide a significant deep threat or will he turn sour if the going gets tough in Washington?  Many questions also surround the Skins in 2014.

2014 NFC Betting Preview Outlook

A poll of the Documented Handicappers favor the Eagles to win the NFC East in 2014.  The Giants should put up a stronger fight this season and will contend for the wild card.  The Cowboys and Redskins have too many question marks but the Redskins could surprise us if their offense is clicking.  In the end if comes down to smart decision making by the QB and while Foles may not be the best QB in the NFC East, he was a good decision maker and may be on the rise with many offensive weapons.  If the Eagles defense can mold quicker than last season they should be a tough team to beat in the NFC conference.

The Documented Handicappers are prepping for football.  Be sure check back with us for the start of the 2014 NFL season and college football season.  Our handicappers will have winning football picks released the night before each game.

By RC Blevins
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