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Odds to Win the NFC East: All Eyes On Week 16 Cowboys-Eagles Matchup

NFC East Betting Odds December 18, 2019

As we approach the final two weeks of the NFL regular season, some of the divisions are still up for grabs, including one that will pretty much be decided in Week 16 and that’s the NFC East.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Dallas Cowboys as -180 favorites over the Philadelphia Eagles, who are +140 to win the NFC East. Both teams are 7-7 and the Cowboys lead the Eagles in the division standings because of their win over Philadelphia back in Week 7.

Their Week 16 matchup in Philadelphia will all but decide which of these teams will win the division and make the playoffs because, at 7-7, neither team is good enough to get a wild-card spot in a competitive NFC.

How We Got To This

Coming into the 2019 NFL regular season, it was essentially a two-horse race to win the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. The Eagles’ preseason odds were -105 while the Cowboys were +140 to take the division crown.

As the season progressed and then the Cowboys beat the Eagles in Week 7, the Cowboys finally took over as faves at -135 despite being 4-3 SU after seven games. However, with the Eagles at 3-4, they were not totally dismissed by oddsmakers, coming back at +120.

Since that Week 7 matchup, the Cowboys have been in the driver’s seat to win the division despite looking completely inept one week (the losses to the Vikings and Patriots stand out) to romping over crappy teams like the Giants and Lions. It was only their win over the Rams in Week 15 that gave bettors hope that they could still pull this off.

As for the Eagles, they’ve reeled off consecutive wins in Week 14 and 15 vs the Giants and Redskins but needed late-game heroics from QB Carson Wentz to pull out both.

For the pivotal Week 16 game, the Eagles are at home at Lincoln Financial Field, where they have been an underdog only twice this season, both times against superior opponents compared to the Cowboys (the Seahawks and Patriots).

If bettors are planning to back the Eagles to win the division, they might as well take them at +140 for this prop instead of taking their Week 16 moneyline, which is hovering around +120 depending on the sportsbook.

If they beat the Cowboys, Philly’s final game is on the road to the Giants and while New York is more than capable of playing spoiler, the G-Men got lucky to keep that Week 14 game close.

Odds to Win The 2019 NFC east
TeamOdds
Dallas Cowboys-180
Philadelphia Eagles+140

Odds as of December 18 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.