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Odds to Win NFC East: Eagles Hold Slight Edge Over Rest of Weak Division

Quarterback Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles lead odds to win NFC East.

We are at the back end of the 2020 NFL season and the Philadelphia Eagles hold the smallest of leads in the NFC East standings. They are currently in first place courtesy of a tie earlier in the season, and the oddsmakers have them as the slight favorites to win the division.

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According to the best football betting sites, the Eagles have a small edge in the NFC East odds at +200, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at +210, the New York Giants at +300 and the Washington Football Team at +400.

Based on those NFL odds, sportsbooks seem to think this division will go down to the final week to determine the winner.

What Team Will Win The NFC East?

Odds to Win The NFC east in 2020
TeamOddsOpening Odds
Philadelphia Eagles+200+145
Dallas Cowboys+210-120
New York Giants+300+1000

Odds as of November 25 at Bovada

Philadelphia Eagles: +200 Odds To Win NFC East

The current leaders in the NFC East standings, the Eagles have dropped four of their last six contests. Philly is near the bottom of the league in turnovers generated and turnover differential, and quarterback Carson Wentz has already thrown 14 interceptions, the worst mark in the league.

Their odds to win the NFC East are currently the best at +200, but their final six games include matchups with four teams that are legit Super Bowl contenders, starting with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Philadelphia can’t afford to lose all four of those games. There is no question its final two games of the season against Dallas and Washington will ultimately determine the division.

Dallas Cowboys: +210 Odds To Win NFC East

Prior to the Cowboys’ big road win against the Minnesota Vikings, things were looking pretty bleak for their playoff aspirations. They had lost four in a row and were starting to look toward getting a top pick in next year’s draft.

However, it’s crazy what one win can do in the “NFC Least.” They got a boost with their NFC East odds moving up to +210 and are now just a half-game behind the Eagles for the division lead. They also own the second-easiest schedule, with their remaining opponents sporting a combined winning percentage of .367. The only team they’ll face that is over .500 is the struggling Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys square off with Washington in a crucial division matchup on Thanksgiving, and then after the Ravens they have the injury-riddled Bengals and 49ers before closing out the season with games against the Giants and Eagles.

The Cowboys defense had been flat-out atrocious for the majority of the season but over the last three weeks has forced six turnovers. They got Andy Dalton back from a concussion and he looked strong in the win against the Vikings, throwing three touchdown passes. 

If the defense can continue to play well and the offense can regain some of the form it showed before Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending injury, then the Cowboys may in fact squeak out a division title with a 7-9 record.

New York Giants: +300 Odds To Win NFC East

Injuries were the biggest problem for the New York Giants in 2019 and that issue continues to plague them in 2020. The G-Men have lost running back Saquon Barkley for the season and wide receivers Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard have both missed time. This has made it difficult for quarterback Daniel Jones to generate a ton of offense. The Giants rank near the bottom in points scored per game (ranked 30th), providing little support for a defense that has been quietly solid going into Week 12.

Speaking of that defense, it has held opponents under 25 points in each of the past five games. Head coach Joe Judge is starting to implement that Patriots defensive scheme that he had been around for many years in New England. Led by tackle machine Blake Martinez, the Giants find themselves in a position to be competitive till the end of this season.

The Giants’ odds of winning the NFC East opened at +1000 but have moved up to +300 within a very tight division. The G-Men do have some tough games remaining on the schedule. Following this week’s contest against the Burrow-less Bengals, they face four teams that are currently in a playoff spot in the Seahawks, Cardinals, Browns and Ravens before a Week 17 date at home against the Cowboys. If they can manage to win some of those tougher games, the Giants could end up winning this division.

Washington: +400 Odds To Win NFC East

Washington started the season off with an upset win over the Eagles but it’s been a rocky road ever since. They lost quarterback Kyle Allen for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, and head coach Ron Rivera was quick to move off Dwayne Haskins. Enter Alex Smith, who is a shoo-in for NFL Comeback Player of the Year after what he has gone through. Smith has been the starter the last few weeks and barring any injuries will remain in that position for the remainder of the season.

Smith has given the offense a little shot in the arm, but the team still ranks 29th in points scored per game, 28th in passing yards and 24th in rushing yards. Among their opponents over the rest of the season, they face two playoff-bound teams in the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seahawks, and close it out with the Carolina Panthers and the Eagles.

If Washington hopes to make the playoffs, it will be on the back of the defense, which is this team’s identity. They give up the sixth-fewest yards per game and the ninth-fewest points. But surprisingly enough, their stingy defense hasn’t been able to produce a lot of turnovers, which could affect them in future games. If they can start creating turnovers and Alex Smith can continue to move the ball down the field, then their odds to win the NFC East at +400 are not a bad long shot to bet on.

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.