NFC Betting Trends- Odds to Win the NFC East
NFL training camps are set to start opening up in a couple of weeks as all 32 teams begin preparations for opening day in early September. All summer long NFL Betting Trends has been taking a closer look at the current odds for every NFL team in terms of their chances to win their respective division. This week we will wrap-up this series for Bang the Book with our final division preview; the NFC East.
The Giants lead the way in what has to be the most competitive division in the NFL considering that all four teams have a legitimate shot to win this year’s title. New York has clearly been the most consistent and successful team in the East under head coach Tom Coughlin over the past nine seasons. The last time this team failed to win at least eight games was in 2004, which was his first season at the helm.
The main reason that the Giants should be favored to win this division is consistency at the quarterback position. Eli Manning is a ‘been there, done that’ kind of player that always gives his team a chance to win. The main problem for New York could be a defense that was ranked 31st overall in the NFL last season.
Robert Griffin III lived up to all the hype as the second overall pick of the 2012 draft by leading the Redskins to the NFC East title last season with a record of 10-6. All eyes are now on the quarterback’s knee as he battles his way back from surgery to try and get into the starting lineup by opening day.
Washington also boasts a potent running game behind Alfred Morris, who also burst onto the scene as a rookie with 1,613 yards rushing last year. In order to secure a second-straight division title the Redskins will need to tighten-up a defense that ended the 2012 season ranked 28th overall in the NFL and 22nd in points allowed.
Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones’ patience level has to be running thin with a Cowboys’ franchise that has missed the postseason three-straight seasons. He threw a ton of money at veteran quarterback Tony Romo this offseason in hopes that will provide the necessary motivation to get over the 8-8 hump that has plagued Dallas the last two years, but the pressure he personally adds by constantly meddling with this team could be the real problem.
The talent on offense is still there with players such as Dez Bryant, Jason Whitten and DeMarco Murray joining Romo in the lineup but it has not always translated to points on the board with an average of 23.5 a game in 2012. The Cowboys’ defense has also been suspect at times; allowing an average of 25 points a game last year.
The Eagles are easily the most interesting team to watch in the NFC East this season. After enjoying 12 years of success under Andy Reid, things became completely unglued in his last two seasons at the helm which ultimately ushered-in the Chip Kelly Era in Philadelphia. The former Oregon head coach has already promised to shake things up with his fast-paced style of offense.
The first thing that Kelly will have to decide is whether or not Michael Vick or Nick Foles will be running the show as his starting quarterback. The biggest plus is that whichever one he turns to will still have some serious weapons in running back LeSean McCoy and wide receivers’ DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Philadelphia cleaned-house on defense of quite a few overpaid/underperforming players which could make for some interesting moments on that side of the ball as well.
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