NFC East Predictions, Odds & Projections 2021/2022
- The Dallas Cowboys sign QB Dak Prescott to a long term deal and are now favored
- Despite lacking veteran leadership under center, Washington and Philly stand a chance
- There are multiple roster needs that the New York Giants must solve this offseason
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The NFC East was not pretty to watch last season, with the best of that division’s teams finishing at under .500, and now all four teams will be using free agency and the upcoming draft to improve their chances in 2021, so we look at the predictions, odds and picks for who will be kings of that division. Good luck!
NFC East Division Winner Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on September 30, 2021.
|Dallas Cowboys||-225 |
|Washington Football Team||+400 |
|Philadelphia Eagles||+600 |
|New York Giants||+1600 |
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NFC East Division Predictions and Picks
With a healthy and well-paid Dak Prescott leading the charge now in Dallas, they seem to be the team to beat in the NFC East.
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Favorites to Win
There is no doubt that the Dallas Cowboys are a better team top to bottom when quarterback Dak Prescott is on the field, so the fact that he will be returning healthy after a serious ankle injury in addition to scoring a long-term contract puts the team at a complete advantage.
With powerful playmakers like WRs Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb to target, Prescott’s passing attack will no doubt be effective in 2021, and once that is true again that allows star RB Zeke Elliott to start taking over games in the second half the way he used to do consistently.
The Cowboys defense, especially the secondary, could use an upgrade, and plenty of mock drafts have them taking CB Caleb Farley with the eleventh pick in the draft, but also expect owner and GM Jerry Jones to spend some money during free agency to get his 6-10 team back on track for 2021.
Washington Football Team
As heartwarming a story as QB Alex Smith made under center, the team released last season’s Comeback Player of the Year this offseason as well as Dwayne Haskins, the young quarterback who never could achieve the level of play he was expected to deliver.
Now the team lists three-year NFL quarterback Taylor Heinicke as the starter under center, a man who has lost the only NFL game he has started and surely does not provide Washington with a long-term solution to that ongoing positional hole.
Regardless of who starts as QB in Washington, the front office will need to get him better protection up front, with some mocks having them take an offensive lineman with their first-round pick (19th selection overall), maybe Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech or USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker.
The Indianapolis Colts and the Eagles have agreed to a trade with QB Carson Wentz now going to Indy to play with his old head coach Frank Reich, so now the up-and-down Jalen Hurts takes over the starting role for the Eagles.
Last season as a rookie, Hurts started four games and posted a 1-3 record throwing 77 completions for just over a thousand yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions, though his completion percentage was just 52 and passer rating was 77.6.
New Eagles’ head coach Nick Sirianni will have to start from scratch offensively, especially if the team uses their 6th overall pick in the upcoming draft to snag a young QB like Justin Fields to throw into the mix, so expect a rebuilding team happy to hit .500 in 2021 unless some football miracles occur in Philly.
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New York Giants
After their 6-10 season in 2020, the Giants are just hoping to field a healthy team again, the injury to star running back Saquon Barkley seeming to take the wind out of the team’s offensive sails, directly affecting their ability to score and win games.
Another key factor for the Giants will be the ongoing development of their young franchise quarterback Daniel Jones, who in his sophomore season in 2020 posted a 5-9 record after completing 280 passes for almost 3,000 yards and 11 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
Some speedy targets for ‘Danny Dimes’ would be helpful, and some mock drafts have the Giants’ front office using their 11th overall pick to score a deep threat, with names like Jaylen Waddle of Alabama and Kadarius Toney of Florida being mentioned and mock drafted.
Which Team Has Won the Most Divisional Titles?
|New York Giants||22|
Which NFC East Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?
|New York Giants||4|
The NFC East is the only NFL division containing four current teams that have at least one Super Bowl championship.
The Dallas Cowboys, who have won eight NFC championships, have turned those into five Super Bowl wins VI in 1971, XII in 1977, XXVII in 1992, XXVIII in 1993 and XXX in 1995.
The New York Giants, who have won five NFC championships, turned those into four Super Bowl wins XXI in 1986, XXV in 1990, XLII in 2007 and XLVI in 2011.
Next are the Washington Redskins, who also won five NFC championships and turned those into three Super Bowl wins: XVII in 1982, XXII in 1987 and XXVI in 1991.
And last are the Philadelphia Eagles, who won three NFC championships and turned those into one Super Bowl win: LII in 2017.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]