NFC East Odds: Are the Cowboys Gaining Ground on the Eagles?

The NFC East looks to have more teams vying for the division title than most had thought before the season began. With the Cowboys and the Eagles rolling and the Giants beginning to fall back, how do the NFC East odds look for the rest of the season?
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NFC East Odds: Are the Cowboys Gaining Ground on the Eagles?

The NFC East looks to have more teams vying for the division title than most had thought before the season began. With the Cowboys and the Eagles rolling and the Giants beginning to fall back, how do the NFC East odds look for the rest of the season?

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NFC East Odds

Philadelphia Eagles (-340, Previous: -300) (Bet $340 to Win $100) Click here for the best odds, available at DraftKings

On Sunday night, the Eagles did something not seen in their franchise in more than 80 years and something only seven other teams have accomplished in the entire history of the NFL. They rushed for more than 360 yards against the Green Bay Packers, with quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Miles Sanders accounting for more than 300 of those yards. The Packers may have an off year, but they are still a tough opponent. The Eagles being able to come out and execute a perfect game plan against them shows there may be no stopping the Philadelphia train before it gets to the NFC East title station.

The Eagles remain top-five in both offensive yards per game and the fewest yards allowed to opponents this season. Their +13 turnover differential is five better than any other team, and they are third in the NFL with only 10 turnovers of their own this season. Their remaining schedule does include the Cowboys, the Giants twice, and a Titans game, but with the room, they are creating between them and the rest of the division, all they really have to do is win against the Cowboys on December 24th to lock in the divisional win.

Dallas Cowboys (+300, Previous: +500) (Bet $100 to Win $400) Click here for the best odds, available at DraftKings

After completely fumbling a win away in Green Bay three weeks ago, the Cowboys have looked unbeatable in their next two games, beating the Giants and Vikings by a combined score of 68-23. Dak Prescott is fully healthy and has his full complement of weapons. Tony Pollard has been powerful lightning to Ezekiel Elliott's thunder, and the defense ranks second in points per game allowed (17.0) and seventh in yards per game to opponents (309.6).

The path to the division title comes down to two things. First, the Cowboys need the Eagles to lose at least one more game that is not their head-to-head matchup on Christmas Eve. That might have seemed likely in previous weeks, but after they dismantled Green Bay, the Eagles only face the Giants twice, the Bears, the Saints, the Titans, and the Cowboys to close out the season. Second, the Cowboys have to win the game against the Eagles. Without that win, the path to the NFC East crown and a top-four seed is impossible.

New York Giants (+7500, Previous: +1000) (Bet $100 to Win $7,600) Click here for the best odds, available at DraftKings

The New York Giants odds go into a free fall after their Thanksgiving Day loss to the Cowboys, putting them a game and a tie-breaker behind Dallas and three games behind Philadelphia with six to play. The other issue for the Giants is that they have only played two divisional games so far, losing both. That means they have two games left against the Eagles and the Commanders, two teams playing better than the Giants.

The combination of the remaining schedule and the enormous injuries the Giants have suffered the last few weeks are causing the odds to tumble. Just since the Thanksgiving game, the Giants placed three players on Injured Reserve, and that is after they lost rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson and cornerback Aaron Robinson for the season. The first half of the season was something straight out of a storybook for the Giants, but that fantasy is about to come crashing down in their remaining six games.

Washington Commanders (+18000, Previous: +18000)

While the Commanders may still be trailing massively in their odds to take the NFC East division, their odds to make the playoffs now sit at a solid -152 after improving to 7-5 following their Week 12 win. Is it inconceivable that Washington wins this division at 7-5 right now? I guess not, but with three teams ahead of them, and all at least three games over .500, it's an extremely tall task ahead of them. Thus the odds remain at +18000 despite three wins in a row and their playoff chances looking good.

Much of the Commanders' success the rest of the season will depend on what the team decides to do at quarterback, with Carson Wentz now back and practicing. Taylor Heinicke has breathed new life into the Washington offense and has led the team to a 5-1 record. On the other hand, Wentz looked lost before his injury and only gave the team two wins against four losses. They also will likely get Chase Young back in Week 13, who is a wrecking machine that will be added to an already formidable defense. It's a dangerous team about to get better. I love this team's perseverance story and the unbelievable comeback tale from Brian Robinson, who was shot right before the season and is now a major contributor. But the path to winning the division doesn't seem available to them.

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