The Philadelphia Eagles were the NFC East champions during the 2019-20 season.

Despite a 5-7 start which included a loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Eagles won their last four games against their divisional opponents to finish with a 9-7 record, same as the 2018 season. The Eagles made their second straight postseason appearance but they were eliminated in the wild card round by the 5th seeded Seattle Seahawks.

This coming season, the Eagles are second to the Dallas Cowboys in the current odds board from SportsBetting. Philadelphia currently sits at +115 to win the NFC East while the Cowboys are +110.

Let’s take a close look at the NFC East picture and make our best predictions for all the teams:

*As of 05/18/20 at BetOnline

Dallas Cowboys Logo Dallas Cowboys

  • Current Betting Odds:
  • +2000 To Win Super Bowl LV | +1000 To Win the 2020 NFC Conference | +110 To Win the NFC East

  • 2019 season performance:
  • 8-8 SU, 9-7 ATS, 10-6 Over/Under

  • Key Additions:
  • S Ha Ha Clinton Dix (FA-Chicago), QB Andy Dalton (FA-Cincinnati), DT Gerald McCoy (FA-Carolina), OL Cameron Irving (FA-NY Giants), DT Dontari Poe (FA-Carolina), Edge Aldon Smith (FA).

  • Key Losses:
  • CB Byron Jones (FA-Miami), WR Randall Cobb (FA-Houston), TE Jason Witten (FA-Oakland), OT Cameron Fleming (FA-NY Giants), OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (FA-Cincinnati), DE Robert Quinn (FA-Chicago), DT Maliek Collins (FA-Oakland), S Jeff Heath (FA-Oakland).

The Dallas Cowboys led the league in offensive yards with 431.5 per game and they were 6th in scoring at 27.1 points per game. They ranked 2nd in passing offense at 296.9 passing yards per game. Dak Prescott threw for 4,902 passing yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 65.1% of his passes and had a 99.7 passer rating. Amari Cooper had 79 catches for 1,189 receiving yards while Michael Gallup broke out with 1,107 receiving yards with six touchdowns in 14 games. Dallas added CeeDee Lamb with the 17th pick of the draft so Prescott has even more weapons now. On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott is a workhorse who ran for 1,357 yards with 12 touchdowns.

The Cowboys allowed only 327 yards per game and 20.1 points per contest. They allowed 223.5 passing yards per game last season but they lost top cornerback Byron Jones in free agency. Dallas drafted cornerbacks, Trevon Diggs and Reggie Collins. Ha Ha Clinton Dix will replace Darian Thompson at strong safety. Jaylon Smith had 142 tackles and Seal Lee had 86 tackles. Leighton Vander Esch recorded 72 tackles in just 9 games.

Prescott should have a better season with the weapons at his disposal. The defense will continue to be a problem but with the offense they possess, Dallas should be better than their 8-8 2019 record. With the Redskins and Giants in their 2020 schedule, they should win double-digit games, possibly 11.

Prediction: (+110) To Win the NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles Logo Philadelphia Eagles

  • Current Betting Odds:
  • +2500 To Win Super Bowl LV | +1100 To Win the 2020 NFC Conference | +115 To Win the NFC East

  • 2019 season performance:
  • 9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS, 8-8 Over/Underr

  • Key Losses:
  • CB Darius Slay (Trade-Detroit), DL Javon Hargrave (FA-Pittsburgh), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (FA-LA Rams), S Will Parks (FA-Denver), WR Marquise Goodwin (Trade-San Francisco).

  • Key Subtractions:
  • RB Jordan Howard (FA-Miami), S Malcolm Jenkins (FA-New Orleans), WR Nelson Agholor (FA-Oakland), OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (FA-Detroit), DT Timmy Jernigan (FA-Houston), CB Ronald Darby (FA-Washington).

The Eagles averaged 360.8 yards of offense per game. They ranked 11th in passing at 239.6 yards per contest. Carson Wentz played the entire season and he threw for 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven picks. Zach Ertz was their leading receiver at 88 catches for 906 yards with six scores while Dallas Goedert had 509 yards on 58 catches. Running back Miles Sanders ran for 818 yards on 4.6 yards per carry while also catching 50 passes for 509 yards. The Cowboys took a chance of TCU’s Jalen Reagor at #21 and vertical threat, John Hightower, at 168. In the second round, Philly picked up QB Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles ranked 10th in defense at 331.7 yards per game allowed. They were third in rush defense at 90.1 yards per game allowed but gave up 241.6 yards on air. Brandon Graham had 8.5 sacks last season but the Eagles don’t have a dominant pass rusher. They drafted Temple linebacker Shaun Bradley at 196 and an athletic safety in K’Von Wallace from Clemson. But the biggest addition in the Philadelphia defense is cornerback Darius Slay who has shut down ability.

The Eagles have the Packers, Steelers, 49ers, Brown, and Falcons in their schedule so it’s going to be a tough year. I’m giving this team at least one more win from the previous season.

Bets Bet: Over 8.5 Wins (-105)

Washington Redskins Logo Washington Redskins

  • Current Betting Odds:
  • +25000 To Win Super Bowl LV | +7500 To Win the 2020 NFC Conference | +1400 To Win the NFC East

  • 2019 season performance:
  • 3-13 SU, 6-10 ATS, 8-8 Over/Under

  • Key Additions:
  • CB Kendall Fuller (FA-Kansas City), QB Kyle Allen (Trade-Carolina), OG Wes Schweitzer (FA-Atlanta), S Sean Davis (FA-Pittsburgh), LB Thomas Davis (FA-Chargers).

  • Key Losses:
  • OT Trent Williams (Trade-San Francisco), TE Vernon Davis (retired), QB Case Keenum (FA-Cleveland), QB Colt McCoy (FA-NY Giants), RB Chris Thompson (FA-Jacksonville), OG Ereck Flowers (FA-Miami), CB Quinton Dunbar (FA-Seattle) CB Josh Norman (FA-Buffalo).

Rookie Dwayne Haskin threw for 1,365 yards with seven touchdowns and seven picks while completing 58% of his passes. Haskins also showed that he is more than a pocket passer as he picked up 101 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Washington brought in Kyle Allen, who played for Ron Rivera at Carolina. Allen showed flashes last season and could be a backup if Haskins fails. Adrian Peterson led them on the ground with 898 yards on 4.3 yards per carry. They drafted versatile Antonio Gibson who plays both RB and WR while Antonio Gandy-Golden was their first receiver drafted in the 5th round. Saahdiq Charles from LSU could play right tackle or guard for the Skins.

Washington ranked 27th in total defense last season at 385.1 yards allowed per game. They were 31st in rushing defense at 146.1 yards per contest. They drafted Chase Young from Ohio with the 2nd overall pick in the draft and he should play defensive end in a 4-3 formation. Ryan Kerrigan played just 12 games and had 5.5 sacks but should have better numbers this year. Montez Sweat had 7 sacks and 50 tackles during his rookie season. He too should be in for a better season. The drafting of Kendall Fuller should make this defense faster while Sean Young is a decent safety. Will Chase Young leading the way, this defense should be decent in 2020.

Washington’s schedule won’t be kind to them. Their defense should be improved this year but their offense still needs a lot of upgrades to become elite. I think Washington will end up with the same record as last year or maybe win one more game.

Bets Bet: Under 5.5 Wins (-130)

New York Giants Logo New York Giants

  • Current Betting Odds:
  • +8000 To Win Super Bowl LV | +4000 To Win the 2020 NFC Conference | +1000 To Win the NFC East

  • 2019 season performance:
  • 4-12 SU, 7-9 ATS, 10-6 Over/Under

  • Key Additions:
  • CB James Bradberry (FA-Carolina), LB Blake Martinez (FA-Green Bay), LB Kyle Fackrell (FA-Green Bay), OT Cam Fleming (FA-Dallas).

  • Key Losses:
  • QB Eli Manning (retired), OT Mike Remmers (FA-Kansas City), CB Antonio Hamilton (FA-Kansas City).

The Giants will officially begin the Daniel Jones era with Eli Manning’s retirement. Jones for 3,027 yards with 24 scores and 12 picks as a rookie last season. The Giants ranked 23rd in total yards with 338.5 per game and they also averaged 232.2 passing yards per contest. Saquon Barkley had an injury-plagued season and he rushed for 1,003 yards with six touchdowns. Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard lead the receiving corps while the Giants drafted two tackles in Andrew Thomas of Georgia and Matt Pearl from UConn.

New York was 25th in defense last season at 377.3 yards per game. They were only 28th against the pass at 264.1 yards per game. Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson lead the Giants up front while linebacker Markus Golden led the team with 10 sacks. The team added two players from Green Bay in Blake Martinez and Kyle Fackrell. Jabrill Peppers is the anchor of the secondary but he only had one pick and three forced fumbles last season. Xavier McKinney was drafted in round two and he can be a good addition if he is healthy. Darnay Holmes and James Bradberry should help the cornerback position.

The Giants will battle with the Redskins for the last place in the NFC East. They have a better quarterback than the Redskins but the defense will continue to be an issue for the Giants. This team will play Seattle and San Francisco on the road. I think they will win five games at the max this season.

Best Bet: Under 6.5 Wins (-130)

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