The NFC East division might be the biggest crapshoot in the NFL this season. Can the Eagles fly high again? Can Robert Griffin III and Washington bounce back? Are the Giants as bad as they look? How many points will Dallas have to score to be in the mix? So many questions, so little time.
Philadelphia Eagles +140
New York Giants +300
Dallas Cowboys +300
Washington Redskins +400
Philadelphia Eagles season win total over/under: 8.5 (over -134)
This is the second season of the Chip Kelly offence. That should mean the team is more comfortable with the attack, but also means opposing teams will be more prepared to face the Eagles. With Kelly pushing the pace and LeSean McCoy in the backfield, this team is going to put up a ton of points. The real question here is whether Philadelphia can stop anybody. The Eagles gave up 289 yards per game through the air last season and new additions Nolan Carroll (CB) and Malcolm Jenkins (S) will be counted on to turn that around.
Prediction: 9-7, first place in the NFC East. Everybody said Kelly ran a gimmick offence that would never work in the pros. Well, we saw how that turned out. This year the Eagles will be just as potent with a better defence.
Washington Redskins season win total over/under: 7.5 (under -129)
The Mike Shanahan vs. Robert Griffin III saga is officially over. That itself could be a major factor in Washington rebounding from a dreadful 3-13 record last year. With Jay Gruden now at the helm and RGIII another year removed from his knee injury, plus the addition of a new game-changer like wideout DeSean Jackson, things are looking up in Washington. If this young defence can develop quickly, Washington could get back in the playoffs.
Prediction: 8-8, second place in the NFC East. Washington may have some questions on defence, but so does every other team in this division. Bet Washington early as the club looks to get out of the gate quickly under a new head coach and could be 3-2 or even 4-1 heading into the Week 7 bye.
Dallas Cowboys season win total over/under: 7.5 (under -149)
If there’s one thing you can look forward to with this year’s Dallas Cowboys, it’s that they are going to put a ton of points in the board. There are a lot of people who think the Cowboys might have a bottom five overall defence this season. As long as Tony Romo stays healthy, he’s going to spread the ball around to Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Jason Williams and DeMarco Murray. Dallas gave up 27 points per game and there’s a chance it could get worse this time around.
Prediction: 7-9, third place in the NFC East. Betting the over will be the safest bet around in Dallas games this season.
New York Giants season win total over/under: 7.5 (over -161)
This could get ugly. The Giants underwent a major overhaul during the offseason and are trying to put in a new offence under Ben McAdoo and to say that’s been a disaster would be an understatement. This is the first time Eli Manning has changed offenses in his pro career and the entire group looks out of sync. Maybe they get it together in time for the regular season, but it doesn’t look promising at this point. The club tried to get younger and faster on defence in the offseason, though those pieces aren’t falling into place as quickly as the Giants had hoped either. Seems like too much change for a team that is accustomed to very little change.
Prediction: 6-10, fourth place in the NFC East. Don’t bet the Giants until you see sustained improvement over the first few weeks of the season. Also, don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.