Online Sports Betting Odds for the NFL and the NFC East
NFL Season 2018
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The NFL Odds for 2018 for the NFC East reveal two teams with betting odds that make them appear as if they are both teams the betting public feel can be in the NFL Playoffs this season.
While Online Sports Betting odds can change in a hurry and I expect the betting odds to change as the season grows closer, here is a look at the NFL Odds to win the NFC East.
Dallas Cowboys (+250) – The Dallas Cowboys spent most of last season in turmoil as the status of Ezekiel Elliott was up in the air for the start of the season before he eventually had to sit out with a suspension. Dak Prescott is in his 3rdyear at QB he will need to find some new answers as Dez Bryant is gone from Dallas and Jason Witten has retired. Defensively for the Cowboys DeMarcus Lawrence has emerged as a force rushing the passer and Jaylon Smith appeared to be worth the wait after sitting out a year with an injury he suffered in his college football bowl game while at Notre Dame. Sean Lee is a leader of the Cowboys defense and if he can stay healthy should help keep the entire defense together. The Cowboys will have some questions to answer but the Offensive line is still strong and the defense looks like it could be improved and with Elliot playing the entire season and the addition of Bo Scarborough in the backfield the Cowboys are going to be very tough.
New York Giants (+500) – It has been winning the Super Bowl for the Giants or not making the playoffs at all as long as Eli Manning has been the QB and with the Giants passing on QB’s in the first rough to take Saquon Barkley it will once again be Manning’s offense. Manning was lost without Odell Beckham Jr. last season but he should be back in full form as one of the top targets in the NFL and the Giants are hoping with Barkley he will see more openings though in my book Barkley has a tom to prove after struggling against the better teams while at Penn State. Landon Collins is the leader of the defense but with Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Alec Ogletree there are plenty of playmakers for the Giants on that side of the ball. Eli Apple, the former first round pick of the Giants, is a liability at corner and could be on a short leash if retains his starting role.
Philadelphia Eagles (-200) – The Philadelphia Eagles not only established themselves as the team to beat in the NFL by winning the Super Bowl last season, Head Coach Doug Pederson proved he could coach head-to-head against anyone. Even without QB Carson Wentz, who was lost to injury, the Eagles offense soared as everyone seemed to be making plays. The mid-season acquisition of Jay Ajayi seemed to solidify the Eagles ground attack while Corey Clement’s touchdown catch in the Super Bowl was nothing short of amazing and Darren Sproles returns from injury as one of the best playmakers in the NFL. The core of the Philly receivers return with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace moves in as the speed receiver. Lane Johnson continues to anchor a strong Eagles O-line. Defensively the rotation on the defensive line was outstanding last season and while they had their moments on defense, overall the unit did what it needed to do. The Eagles will play with a target on their back as every road game will be tough as the home crowd gears up to host the Champions.
Washington Redskins (+800) – The Redskins appear to be the team in the NFC East that didn’t get better and the NFL Betting Odds reflect this. Kirk Cousins is gone at QB and replaced by Alex Smith who might not possess a big enough arm to fully utilize budding superstar wide receiver Josh Doctson though with perhaps the best tight end platoon in the NFL with Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Jeremy Sprinkle, smith will have plenty of options. Samaje Perine has yet to show in Washington the big game ability he had in college at Oklahoma but Rob Kelley is an over achiever who has been very effective in spots. The Redskins defense has a shutdown corner in Josh Norman as well as plenty of solid defenders like Jonathan Allen, Zach Brown, and Orlando Scandrick so they are hoping they can put the offense on a short field. The Redskins will either big a big upside surprise or contending for a top pick in the NFL Draft as the Las Vegas Odds are suggesting a tough year in Washington.
Best Betting Odds: I generally don’t like to take favorites but it’s tough not to be enamored with the Eagles after beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl where Doug Pederson showed a lot of guts and heart in his play calling and the spirit of his team. The Cowboys should be better with Elliot’s picture clear but they have gotten younger. I hate to take betting favorites but I like winning and winning bets so I will take the Eagles here at a price that might turn out to be a bargain.