NFC East Likely Two-Team Race Between Eagles, Cowboys

Eagles NFC East Division Odds Favorite at +115

Traditionally one of the NFL’s strongest divisions, the NFC East has not had a repeat champion in two decades. The 2004 Philadelphia Eagles were the last team to win back-to-back titles.

Last season, the Dallas Cowboys finished atop the heap, outlasting Philadelphia with a 12-5 record before fizzling in the wild-card round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers.

What will this year bring? Read on as we break down the 2024 NFC East Division odds.

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Eagles logo Philadelphia Eagles (+115)

The Eagles collapsed down the stretch last season, finishing 11-6 after a 10-1 start. The late-season slide cost them the division and spilled into the playoffs, where they lost 32-9 to Tampa Bay in the wild card round.

Despite that, the Eagles retained head coach Nick Siriani.

The Eagles upgraded their offense this offseason, stealing Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley away from the rival Giants. Though he was generally surrounded by one of the league’s least talented offenses, Barkley surpassed 1,000 yards rushing in three of his six seasons in the NFL.

He’ll likely have much more room to run behind the Eagles’ star-studded front.

  • There’s a lot of optimism surrounding the Eagles, as evidenced by their 2024 NFC East Division odds. Projected for 10.5 wins, they are also +700 to win the NFC and have the eighth-shortest Super Bowl odds at +1700.

TOP CONTENDER

Cowboys logo Dallas Cowboys (+130)

After another playoff failure, the Cowboys decided to stick with Mike McCarthy at head coach. Even so, patience has to be running thin.

Despite winning three of the last six NFC East titles, the Cowboys have not advanced past the divisional round of the playoffs in nearly three decades.

With quarterback Dak Prescott, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and linebacker Micah Parsons all seeking new deals, the Cowboys face potential distractions as training camp looms.

  • There’s no question they’re talented enough to produce one of the best NFL records, but things must fall into place. Like Philadelphia, the Cowboys are projected for 10.5 wins and have +1700 Super Bowl odds.

NEXT IN LINE

Commanders logo Washington Commanders (+800)

Washington addressed a big need in the offseason, drafting quarterback Jayden Daniels second overall out of LSU.

While skepticism about the Commanders’ offense is warranted — the team hasn’t finished top 10 in scoring since 2015 — they brought in a bright-minded coordinator in Kliff Kingsbury, whose Air Raid system should play to Daniels’ strengths.

On the heels of 4-13 finish, it’s doubtful Washington improves enough to overtake Philadelphia or Dallas. The Commanders (projected for 6.5 wins) simply don’t have the talent on either side of the ball to contend for division titles at this point, as evidenced by their 2024 NFC East Division odds.

But it is reasonable to expect improvement from their dismal 2023 campaign.

Keep that in mind when making your NFL picks against the spread.

LONGSHOT

Giants logo New York Giants (+1200)

Another rough season may be in store for New York following a 6-11 finish. Uncertainty at quarterback remains the Giants’ biggest issue, with Daniel Jones coming off a torn ACL. Drew Lock was signed this offseason as insurance in case Jones isn’t ready, but neither is the long-term answer.

The Giants must hope their offensive line is fixed after multiple failed attempts over the last decade. They finished 29th in total offense last season (280 yards per game), averaging only 15.6 points. Jones was sacked 30 times in just six games.

It seems unlikely the offense improves after losing its best playmaker in Barkley. But New York did bring in a highly touted receiver in Malik Nabers, the No. 6 pick in the draft out of LSU.

  • Projected for 6.5 wins, New York is just +400 to make the playoffs and has the second-longest odds of any team to win the NFC at +6000 (Carolina, +13000).

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