The reigning division champions Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular bets in the NFL, but the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, and New York Giants – all with quarterbacks under 30 years old – also could garner interest from bettors. Let’s dive into NFC East odds, including odds to win the division, season win totals, and yes/no props to make the playoffs for one of the league’s weaker, yet most competitive, divisions.
Odds to Win NFC East
There’s a new sheriff in town, and ironically, it’s not the Cowboys. The Eagles are now the odds-on favorites to finish atop the group after Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott is said to miss several weeks with a hand injury.
The Cowboys have fallen to dead last in the divisional race, while Washington and New York have shifted slightly to the two- and third-best shortest odds, respectively. Here are each team’s odds from four sportsbooks to win the NFC East.
|NFC East Odds||DraftKings||Caesars (Code TODAYFULL)||BetMGM (Code TODAY)||FanDuel|
|New York Giants||+475||+500||+500||+500|
The Eagles offense looked playoff-ready in their Week 1 victory over the Detroit Lions. The Jalen Hurts-AJ Brown connection looked better than expected, as the top receiver grabbed 10 balls for 155 yards. The running game looked even greater, with Sanders (96 yards) and Hurts (90 yards) leading the attack en route to 216 yards on the ground.
It took some time for Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni to gel last season. Philadelphia started the regular season by winning just two of their first seven games, but won six of their last eight. The team demonstrated its capabilities last year, and got even better during the offseason. And after watching their last performance, it’s clear that Hurts has everything he needs to lead the Eagles to their first division title since 2019.
The Washington Commanders are giving it a go with Carson Wentz as their new signal-caller. And after making costly mistakes in his debut with the team, Wentz proved that he’s an upgrade over Taylor Heinicke by tossing four touchdowns and coming from behind to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The roster – excluding quarterback – is more or less the same from last season, which should worry Commanders betting ticket holders. The defense ranked 25th in points allowed last season, partially because star edge rusher Chase Young missed most of the year with a torn ACL. The team ranked just 17th in quarterback takedowns as a result.
Washington starts the season 1-0, putting them ahead of the Cowboys in the divisional standings. However, with Young expected to return by mid-season, the team needs Wentz to turn the tide for Washington football.
New York Giants
The New York Football Giants started fresh with a new general manager and head coach after the previous executive regime left the franchise in ruins. Former Giants GM Dave Gettleman left new GM Joe Schoen high and dry, and former head coach Joe Judge completely misused Daniel Jones.
But new coach Brian Daboll threw all of that past drama out the window. He showed his guts and value by calling for a two-point conversion that ended up giving New York the win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. It’s that type of play-calling that Giants backers should feel great about.
Daboll helped shape Josh Allen into the elite quarterback he is today while in Buffalo, and he looks to do the same with Jones. Jones didn’t exactly light up the box score in Week 1, but he was highly efficient and managed the game well enough to pull off the comeback victory.
The biggest highlight surrounding the team was Saquon Barkley. The running back hasn’t been able to help the team because he’s always battling some sort of injury. But against Tennessee, he told the injury demons “Not today,” as he ran 164 yards down the defense’s throat. If Barkley can stay on the field for the whole season, then the Big Blue might be able to make some noise in the division.
Cowboys fans and bettors couldn’t have imagined a worse start to this season. The offense couldn’t find any rhythm whatsoever in their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott was already playing arguably the worst game of his career. And to add insult to literal injury, the quarterback got hand surgery that will sideline him for much of the season.
The team was already expected to be worse this season after owner Jerry Jones let several key starters go during free agency, including Amari Cooper and Connor Williams on offense and Randy Gregory on defense.
Cooper Rush will take over quarterback duties behind an immensely depleted offensive line that will be without star tackle Tyron Smith and guard Connor McGovern for several weeks. Dallas’ only hope is to just stay afloat until Prescott returns some time later in the season.
How Many NFC East Teams Will Make the Playoffs?
It’s become more common for more than one NFC East team to earn a playoff berth in the same season. One-plus NFC East team has reached the same playoffs three times in the past six seasons. Last year, Dallas and Philadelphia visited the postseason.
Here are yes/no prices on whether each NFC East team will advance to the postseason.
|NFC East Teams To Make Playoffs (Yes/No)||DraftKings||Caesars (Code TODAYFULL)||BetMGM (Code TODAY)||FanDuel|
|New York Giants||+175/-225||+180/-220||+150/-185||+138/-170|
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Our NFC East picks
Eagles ‘Yes Playoffs’ at -360 (DraftKings). Considering how weak the division is, the Eagles could make the playoffs with either enough wins or with the division title. They just made the playoff as a wild-card team last season, but bring a much stronger overall unit into 2022. The Iggles have made the postseason in four of the past five seasons.
Commanders ‘No Playoffs’ at -125 (BetMGM). It took a lot of luck for the team to win their first game. They won’t have that same luck against the tougher teams in the league.
NFC East Season Win Totals
|NFC East Win Totals (Over/Under)||DraftKings||Caesars (Code TODAYFULL)||BetMGM (Code TODAY)||FanDuel|
|Philadelphia Eagles||10.5 (-110/-110)||10.5 (-120/+100)||10.5 (-120/+100)||10.5 (-120/+100)|
|Washington Commanders||8 (-110/-110)||8.5 (+105/-125)||8.5 (-110/-110)||8.5 (+100/-120)|
|New York Giants||7.5 (-110/-110)||7.5 (-120/+100)||8.5 (+110/-130)||8.5 (+100/-120)|
|Dallas Cowboys||N/A||7.5 (+115/-135)||6.5 (-185/+150)||7.5 (+135/-160)|
Eagles over 10.5 at -110 (DraftKings). They won nine games last season with a first-year head coach and improved as the year went on. Plus, they play one of the easiest schedules in the entire league.
Giants over 7.5 at -110 (DraftKings). The Giants are lucky to catch the Prescott-less Cowboys in Week 3. If the Giants can beat a playoff team in the Titans, then they can surely beat many of the teams on their easy schedule.
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NFC East Winner Betting History
There hasn’t been a repeat division champion since the 2003-04 Eagles. That is the longest streak for any division in NFL history.
The table lists the winners with their preseason odds for the last 20 seasons (odds via SportsOddsHistory.com):
|Season||Division Winner||Preseason Odds|
|2020||Washington Football Team||+1300|
|2011||New York Giants||+300|
|2008||New York Giants||+325|
|2005||New York Giants||+700|
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The Cowboys are the betting favorites to win the NFC East, but the Philadelphia Eagles are priced just behind Dallas. There’s a large gap to the newly-named Washington Commanders, and the New York Giants are the longest shot on the board.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs are the favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 57, with the Green Bay Packers, LA Rams, San Francisco Giants, and Cowboys all priced with single-digit odds as well. Check out our post on NFC odds here.
The Buffalo Bills are the odds-on favorites to win the AFC East in the 2022-23 season. The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots are relatively evenly-priced as the second and third betting choices.