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Odds to Win the NFC East: Dallas Cowboys In Driver’s Seat

NFC East Betting Odds October 23, 2019

After seven weeks of the 2019 NFL season, it’s a bit of a mess in the NFC East but sportsbooks have the Dallas Cowboys favored to win the division title for the second year in a row.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Cowboys as -135 favorites to be the top team in the NFC East, followed by the Philadelphia Eagles at +120, New York Giants at +1400 and Washington Redskins at +25000 to round out the division.

It’s a Two-Team Race in NFC East

The two teams jousting for the top spot in the NFC East are the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys lead the division after seven weeks at 4-3 and are coming off a big home win over the Eagles. Dallas has wins over each team in the division so far despite having a three-game losing streak that was punctuated by a humiliating loss to the New York Jets.

The Eagles, on the other hand, are having difficulty stopping any team in 2019 and their defense is giving up an average of 26.6 points per game, which is their highest mark in four seasons. Philly has blue-chip players up and down the roster but injuries have been mounting in the Eagles secondary, which is why they’ve already given up 14 passing touchdowns in seven games (ranked 26th).

Philadelphia would be the only team worth betting on to pass Dallas but with the most recent loss to the Cowboys, it would be a steep hill to climb for a payout on +120 odds.

As for the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, those two teams are on a downward spiral and rank in the bottom 10 of the NFL in points scored per game. They’re a combined 1-4 in divisional games, which makes it even harder for them to make a leap into contention for the division title, and 3-11 overall.

The NFC East overall has been pretty bad and each team has glaring flaws so bet on these teams at your own peril.

Odds to Win The 2019 NFC east
Dallas Cowboys-135
Philadelphia Eagles+120
New York Giants+1400
Washington Redskins+25000

Odds as of October 23 at Bovada

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 the 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 -135 and you like their chances of taking the NFC East title. A $70 bet would get you a payout of $121.85 – your $70 is returned along with your winnings of $51.85. On the other hand, if you think that the Giants at +1400 are going to turn it around and find themselves in contention, that same $70 would give you $1050 – you get your $70 back coupled with your prize of $980.

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

It’s important to note that when oddsmakers set the betting lines, they take into consideration roster moves, past-performance and schedule. If it looks like the Redskins don’t stand a chance at +25000, it’s probably because they don’t. Do your research before betting the underdog, otherwise you could be wasting your money. That’s not to say that you should never bet on dogs, but be wary of odds like Washington’s in this scenario.

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.