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NFC East Odds: Cowboys Hold The Early Edge

The NFC East was definitively the worst division in football last season. The Washington Football Team won the East on the last day of the season – finishing with a 7-9 record after starting the year 2-7 – and was bounced in the wild-card round with a home loss to the eventual champion Buccaneers.

This year, the division doesn’t project to be a whole lot better, but there were a couple of key additions (and returnees) who are sure to play a major role in determining this year’s winner.

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NFC East odds are live over at Bovada, and oddsmakers like the Dallas Cowboys (+120) to win the division crown this year with quarterback Dak Prescott back behind center after missing most of last season due to injury. The Washington Football Team is right behind Dallas at +220, followed by the New York Giants at +450 and the Philadelphia Eagles at +600. 

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Cowboys Lead NFC East Odds As Season Kicks Off

Odds to Win The NFC east in 2021-22
Dallas Cowboys+120
Washington Football Team+220
New York Giants+450
Philadelphia Eagles+600

Odds as of September 9 at Bovada

NFC East Odds: Dallas Cowboys (+120) 

It’s not hard to understand why the Cowboys are favored in NFC East odds. The ’Boys are getting several players back who were injured last year, none bigger than starting QB Dak Prescott.

Prescott is easily the best quarterback in the division – that’s the first feather in the team’s cap. The team is also returning its three best offensive linemen in Zack Martin, Tyron Smith and La’el Collins as starters, and should easily be the best offense in the division with the best offensive line, QB, running back group and receiving trio.

The problems for Dallas will come on defense where the strength is in the linebacking unit and not in the more impactful secondary or defensive line. 

Health will be the other major question mark for Dallas. Can Prescott play all 16 games? Can the linemen stay healthy in front of him? If so, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Cowboys win the division easily. 

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NFC East Odds: Washington Football Team (+220)

After winning the division last season, the Washington Football Team made a few significant changes to the roster that look, on paper, to be big upgrades.

First was the quarterback position. Alex Smith was the most successful QB for the team last season, and he threw just six touchdown passes. Washington had three different starters last season at QB and started a fourth, Taylor Heinicke, in its only playoff game. Washington quarterbacks threw a combined 16 touchdowns last season.

Needless to say, QB was an area of need for the team.

Enter journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will start for his ninth NFL franchise at age 38. Say what you will about Fitz over the years, he is a professional NFL starter who had decent success in his last two stints in Miami and Tampa. It’s a sizable upgrade for Washington.

The additions of Curtis Samuel in free agency and Dyami Brown in the draft added to a now-solid group of weapons at Fitzpatrick’s disposal, and a new signee at left tackle (Charles Leno from Chicago) improved the line in front of him.

But the focal point of the team is a defense that should be one of the league’s best. Chase Young, Montez Sweat and several other Pro Bowl-caliber players should help make life easy for Fitzpatrick on the other side of the ball.

Bettors should not be surprised if Washington finds a way to repeat as NFC East champion.

NFC East Odds: New York Giants (+450)

Injuries to the skill positions were a problem for the New York Giants last season, but the team was simply not that talented top to bottom. This year, they get back star running back Saquon Barkley and added Kenny Golladay in free agency along with receiver Kadarius Toney in the first round of the NFL draft.

But there’s still a significant question mark hanging over the offensive side of the ball. Is Daniel Jones any good? There isn’t a ton of evidence to this point that he is after throwing just 35 touchdowns over his first two seasons, including a mind-boggling 11 TDs last year in 14 starts. 

Oddsmakers clearly don’t think Jones is the answer for the Giants this season or beyond, and we tend to agree.

NFC East Odds: Philadelphia Eagles (+600)

It seems like the Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in a bit of a tweener year heading into the 2021 NFL season. The remnants of their Super Bowl-winning roster are still scattered around the depth chart, but there are significant holes where some top pieces used to be.

There are legitimate questions about the defense – one of the league’s worst last season – that didn’t add much new talent.  The secondary in particular figures to be a bit of a problem. And the offense has its fair share of question marks as well. But injuries ravaged this team last year, and it could easily be argued the Eagles have the second-best defensive line in the division, the second-best offensive line in the division and – dare I say it – the second-best quarterback?

How Jalen Hurts performs this season will go a long way to deciding the team’s final record. And there have been rumors swirling around a possible Deshaun Watson addition for weeks.

But Hurts has the mobility and creativity to play a Kyler Murray-lite style that is more popular than ever in the league. If Hurts can improve as a passer at all (52 percent completion rate, 77.6 QB rating last season), the Eagles could challenge for the division with solid units on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

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How To Read NFC East Odds

When you visit a sportsbook to bet on the NFL, you would see the odds laid out the same way as in the chart above. The team with the minus sign (-) beside their odds is the favorite. The rest are underdogs. If there is no minus sign, then the squad with the lowest odds is the fave.

Let’s say that Dallas is at +210 and you like their chances of taking the NFC East title. A $100 bet would get you a payout of $310 – your $100 is returned along with your winnings of $210. On the other hand, if you think that the Giants at +300 are going to turn it around and find themselves in contention, that same $100 would give you $400 – you get your $100 back coupled with your prize of $300.

To see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount bet, see our Odds Calculator.

What Is A Futures Bet For The NFL?

If you were to lay some money down on the odds we mentioned, you’d be making a futures bet. This is a bet made on events that will happen in time. For instance, you could make a futures wager before the regular season begins. As soon as odds are announced for the NFC East title, you can bet months in advance. If you see odds you like, jump on them before the line moves so much it’s not worth betting on.