When you go from being called “NFC East” to “NFC Least,” things are rough. It was the only division with four teams under .500 records.
Injuries struck the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, and they were still disappointing. Both were way below expectations.
The New York Giants had a fair share of good moments. They showed a decent enough face in Joe Judge’s first season as head coach.
The Washington Football Team was epic in their own way. They are nameless, and they won the division. Their HC Ron Rivera battled cancer throughout the season.
Alex Smith made a miraculous comeback to guide them to the postseason. In the end, the QB in the playoffs was Taylor Heinicke (not to be confused with the beer).
They actually gave the eventual champs Bucs a run for their money in the Wild Card weekend.
Well, let’s get into the rundown for the NFC East.
With Dak Prescott back under center, the Cowboys at +125 are the rightful favorites to win the NFC East. However, the team is too lopsided. Their offense is very talented, but their defense is a whole other story.
To solve their defensive woes, they brought Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. Quinn just lost his head coaching job in Atlanta because of his awful defensive output. That’s Jerry Jones at his best, isn’t it?
With a fierce defense, Washington needs a solid, risk-taking QB to make some noise. If risk-taking action is desired, who better than Ryan Fitzpatrick? With Fitz at the helm, expect a big season from Terry McLaurin. To be honest, Washington at +260 seems really tempting.
The Giants made this season a must-win. They kept most of the names that made their scoring defense a top-10 in the league. They also gave Daniel Jones an incredible arsenal, including star WR Kenny Golladay.
No more excuses for Daniel Jones, who has led the NFL in turnovers the last two years. It’s make-or-break for the Giants.
The Eagles enter this season in full rebuild mode. They have a new head coach in Nick Siriani, and the offensive load will go to Jalen Hurts as QB1.
They drafted Heisman winner DeVonta Smith as a deep weapon. The road back to a Super Bowl—or an NFC East title—is still far away.
We’ve mentioned a bit of all the things that surrounded Washington’s season. Here comes more. They had four QBs in the season. Starting with Kyle Allen, then Dwayne Haskins, followed by Smith and Heinicke.
They were still some big positives in 2020. Their defense was unbelievable, and they found a star in DE Chase Young (the Defensive Rookie of the Year). Their pass rush recorded 47 sacks, the 6th best in the league.
Offensively, rookie back Antonio Gibson delivered big time. Wideout Terry McLaurin proved to be a solid first option as well.
The Giants ended up second in the division. They fought for a playoff berth until the very last game of the season. They ended with only six wins and lost star RB Saquon Barkley due to injury.
But late in the season, the defense stepped up. While they are still far from contending, New York wasn’t as bad as some may think.
The Cowboys season wasn’t a good one, but losing their QB Dak Prescott made matters worse. Dallas had the fifth-worst defense in points allowed. Oh, and RB Ezekiel Elliott was nowhere near his usual self in his worst season since becoming pro.
The Eagles had a complete meltdown. QB Carson Wentz and HC Doug Pederson fell out of favor. Now both are out of the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles ended up giving rookie Jalen Hurts a push as the starting quarterback late in the season.
Their receivers were awful. Most of them weren’t even regulars in NFL rosters but came through practice squads. A season to forget for the team.
|2020||Washington Football Team||7-9|
|2011||New York Giants*||9-7|
*Super Bowl Champion
You did your research; you established which team you are betting on. Now, go line shopping to find the best odds out there.
Reading an NFL odds table, there are some things you should note. First, it’s the odds. These tell you who is favored and how much the bettor would win.
The lesser the number, the more favorite the team is. Let’s say you bet $100 on Washington (+260). You would win $260, and the payout would be $360.
After that, look at the handle. It shows the total amount bet on a team to win the division. If the Cowboys have 25% of the handle, 25% of the money wagered to win the NFC East goes to Dallas.
The last thing to watch out for is the percentage of bets. This refers to the numbers of bets—but not the amount—wagered on each franchise. The Giants can have 15% of all bets but have 18% of the handle.
When a division is a coin toss between four teams, an excellent strategy is hedging your bet. This means betting on two teams—one that you think will win and the other as insurance.
For example, put $100 on Dallas (+125) to win the NFC East. Throw another $50 on Washington (+260). If Washington wins, that $50 bet pays out a total of $180, so you covered the bet and a bit of profit.
1. Go to your favorite sportsbook and log in.
2. Look for the NFL tab.
3. Click on the Division’s tab from the drop-down menu.
4. Choose the odds and team you will bet on.
5. Place your bet from the bet slip window—usually on the right side of the screen.