The NFC East division in the NFL is up for grabs this season with the Dallas Cowboys suffering a major blow with the 6 game suspension to Ezekiel Elliott. Current betting odds have shifted to Over/Under 9.5 games won this season by the Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East last season and will try to win it for the second consecutive year, but they will have a tougher time this year because they won’t be able to sneak up on teams like they did last year. They will also face some stiff competition from the New York Giants, who defeated the Cowboys twice last season.
Here’s a look at the 2017 NFC East.
The 2018 Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys were a surprise last year and finished with the best record in the NFC thanks to rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott came in with high expectation and more than delivered, breaking multiple franchise records as a rookie. Prescott filled in for an injured Tony Romo and went on to win the Rookie of the Year award.
This year, the Cowboys are projected to win 9.5 games. If their offense is as good as it was last year, and their defense plays like it did at the end of the season, the Cowboys will win more than 10 games.
The Eagles had a great start to the season, but couldn’t maintain the pace and eventually finished with a 7-9 record. Despite the losing season, there is plenty of optimism in Philadelphia because quarterback Carson Wentz showed a lot of poise for a rookie and should have a breakout year this season.
The Eagles are projected to win eight games this season and should win more if they don’t have any major injuries.
New York Giants
Eli Manning and the Giants returned to the playoffs last year thanks to a revamped defense and an offense that didn’t make too many costly mistakes. This year, the team will be trying to win the NFC East for the first time since 2011, and hope this season ends with a Super Bowl win just like the 2011 season did.
The Giants are projected to win nine games, but I expect them to win more than that.
The Redskins had the worst offseason in the NFC East, and lost their best offensive weapons in free agency, which might cost them a few games this season. The team is projected to win 7.5 games, but that will be difficult to do in a division with two teams that should win at least 10 games and another in Philadelphia that is capable of winning at least nine games.
The Redskins will likely finish the season with one of the worst records in the NFC.
Even though the Cowboys are favored to win the division, I think the Giants will be the best team in the NFC East this year.