In 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East for the fourth consecutive year. Since then, no team has won the division in back-to-back years. Since 2005, the NFC East bragging rights have bounced around, never staying in the same city for more than a year. The Dallas Cowboys have been the division champions five years since then and aim to break the tradition by winning it on back-to-back years after taking the title in 2018.
Months away from the season, the clear candidates to win NFC East are the Eagles and the Cowboys. After all, they have been the most successful teams within the division in recent years and haven’t gone through big changes. It’s only logical that they’re the favorites in the sports betting world.
According to Oddsshark.com, these are the odds to win the NFC East:
- Philadelphia Eagles: +110
- Dallas Cowboys: +125
- Washington Redskins: +700
- New York Giants: +1400
Although the Eagles remain the favorites, there’s not a big gap between them and the Cowboys. Talent-wise, both teams have very solid rosters. With Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott leading these squads, they’ll surely have pretty good seasons and have a big time battle for the division. Both teams have had excellent offseasons and will only be better next time they face each other.
I wouldn’t count the Redskins out of the race, of course. After all, they were atop the division last year before Alex Smith went down. This year they’ll be led by rookie QB Dwayne Haskins who was seen by many as the most accurate passer in this year’s NFL Draft. The Redskins had a pretty good Draft, including pass rusher Montez Sweat toward the end of the first round.
The Giants do seem to be a bit behind the rest of the teams in the division. They dealt away Odell Beckham Jr. and despite some interesting moves like acquiring one of the best guards in the league in Kevin Zeitler, they have a lot of things to be worried about. Eli Manning has struggled lately and could be fighting for the starting role with Daniel Jones if the season starts going wrong for them early on.
It won’t be an easy feat to win the NFC East this season, but the Cowboys have a team ready to get the job done. Will they be able to beat out the Philadelphia Eagles to get the division title in back to back years? We won’t know for a while, but it will be one hell of a race.