NFC East Odds: Giants are Odds-On Favorite to Win Division
No division in the NFL has been flipped on its head more drastically this season than the NFC East. Coming into the season, it looked like a sure thing that either the Cowboys, who were the favorite, or the Eagles would win the division.
Now, after injuries to Dallas and a complete lack of skill, quarterback play and competent coaching in Philadelphia, it’s the Giants and the Washington Football Team that sit atop the standings.
With just four games left in the season, it seems like a two-horse race, but what do the oddsmakers think? Let’s take a look at each team’s odds to find out.
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1. New York Giants @ -130
The Giants, following their win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13, are the odds-on favorites to win the NFC East. If you had told someone before the season that this would be the case with just four games to play they’d probably laugh in your face.
Whether it’s Daniel Jones or Colt McCoy under center seems to not matter. The Giants have now won four in a row after a 1-7 start to 2020. Another thing working in their favor is the fact that they’ve already beaten Washington twice this season.
The -130 odds are indicative of a 56.5% chance they win their first division title since 2011.
2. Washington Football Team @ +165
I’m not quite sure which is more shocking. The fact that the Giants are in first in the division or the fact that Washington looks not only competent, but good.
The Washington defense has been spectacular lately, using their line to put pressure on opposing passers and force mistakes. Chase Young has had a great rookie year, but it doesn’t stop there. Montez Sweat has also turned into a top-tier NFL player.
The offense is inconsistent, but Alex Smith has looked better than anyone could have imagined following his horrific leg injury that almost cost him his leg. It may be too much of an uphill battle given they’re a game behind and have already lost to the Giants twice, but Washington in playing good football.
3. Philadelphia Eagles @ +1500
No team is more to blame for their own demise than the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite a slow start to the season, everything fell into place for them to run away with the NFC East and they still managed to find a way to screw it up.
At one point, the Eagles’ odds to win the division implied over a 70% probability. Now, following a Week 13 loss to Green Bay, they’re indicative of a 6.3% chance.
Carson Wentz has gotten a lot of the blame, and he deserves most of it, but not a single player on this team is playing well right now, and Doug Pederson and the rest of the coaching staff isn’t helping either.
Pederson has pulled Wentz for this weekend’s game against the Saints and will start rookie QB Jalen Hurts, but it’s too little too late.
4. Dallas Cowboys @ +2000
The Cowboys are most likely the worst team in this division, but it’s hard to blame them for their downfall. Once starting QB Dak Prescott went down with a leg injury, there was never much of a chance they’d compete for a playoff spot or division crown.
Andy Dalton is a serviceable backup, but once he went down and Ben DiNucci was forced into a starting role for a few game, the season kind of fell apart.
The good news for the Cowboys is that Prescott is expected to make a full recovery and CeeDee Lamb appears to be the real deal. Prescott, Lamb, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliot are as good of a skill group as you’ll find anywhere in the NFL, and should lead to multiple NFC East championships in the near future.
Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.