NFC East shaping as two-team race between Cowboys and Eagles

The NFC East has some of the marquee teams in NFL, but New Jersey sportsbooks have the division as a two-team race between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles this year.

The Cowboys are the favorites to win the division at -105 with FanDuel New Jersey, followed by the Eagles at +140. The New York Giants are at +900 and the Washington Redskins, who recently announced they will change their name before the upcoming season, are +1300 long shots.

The Cowboys have the best NFC East betting odds even though they were 8-8 last season and missed out on the playoffs. The Dak Prescott contract issue has been a hot topic in the off-season, but the team is loaded with talent.

Prescott passed for 4,900 yards last season with the help of a couple of 1,000-yard wide receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. In the backfield they have Ezekiel Elliot, who had the fourth-most rushing yards last season. On top of all the weapons on offense, the Cowboys have a solid defense.

The big question for America’s Team is can they win when it counts? Last season they feasted on the weaker teams but only had one win in their seven games facing playoff-calibre sides. That came against the Eagles, who they also lost to last season.

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The Eagles won the NFC East last season with a 9-7 record despite being banged up in the wide receiver position. Carson Wentz had a solid campaign, but he lacked weapons as none of the team’s top three for receiving yards were wideout players.

Philadelphia have their receivers back healthy and took one with their first-round pick at the draft, but there are still issues in the secondary. Still, the team is ready for another playoff if Wentz and company can avoid the injury bug and stay on the field.

The Giants showed promise last season with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He has to avoid a sophomore slump, star running back Saquon Barkley has to make the jump to superstar, and the defense has to fill a lot of holes.

Washington have a slew of question marks around them, one of which concerns their new name. Dwayne Haskins was decent as a rookie last season, yet the team ranked dead last in the league in points per game. Also, the defense gave up the sixth-most points, so it was no surprise the team finished with only three wins.

NFL betting sites are not giving New York and Washington much of a chance, which is not a shocker since they only combined for seven wins last season.

The NJ sportsbooks also have the Cowboys and the Eagles as two of the teams to beat in the NFC Championship. Dallas (+850) and Philadelphia (+1000) are fourth and fifth in line for the conference title at FanDuel, where the San Francisco 49ers lead the way at +460.

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