NFC East Odds: 2012 Preview
The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to roll through the NFC East on the way to the Super Bowl last season. Instead they didn't even make the playoffs, leaving holes in wallets around America. Worse yet, they watched the hated New Yorks Giants make a miraculous run to a championship.
The Giants may be the defending NFC East and Super Bowl champs, but the Eagles are once again the divisional favorite at 5/4 at Bovada. The Eagles need Michael Vick to stay healthy this season and a reduction in turnovers would be an improvement as well.
A bounce-back season from DeSean Jackson and a full season from Jeremy Maclin would help. The Eagles biggest weapon could be running back LeSean McCoy, who was fourth in rushing and first in rushing touchdowns last season.
New York isn't far behind the Eagles on the futures at 9/4. The Giants may have won the Super Bowl last season, but don't forget they needed to win three of their last four games to even make the playoffs. For the Giants to repeat Eli Manning is going to have another huge season and Ahmad Bradshaw has to stay healthy.
Bradshaw missed four games last season due to a lingering foot injury and the Giants won't have Brandon Jacobs to fallback on if he goes down again.
The real wild card in the NFC East are the Dallas Cowboys at 13/5. Despite battling a number of nagging injuries, and failing to lead Dallas to the postseason, Tony Romo had a strong season last year.
He still has a ton of weapons around him, including Miles Austin and Dez Bryant and the Cowboys may have a strong running back tandem in DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones if they can both stay healthy. The biggest question for the Cowboys is their defense, which was a major letdown at times last season.
Lastly, there's the Washington Redskins, who are the divisions underdog at 9/1. The Redskins have their quarterback of the future after drafting Robert Griffin III, but it might be a little too much for him to replicate Cam Newton's season from a year ago and make Washington relevant again in the division.