2021 NFC East odds are out, and this division last year was more of an opportunistic betting carnival than any other division. Perceived balance created large odds swings, like the New York Giants vaulting from +2000 to +200 during the year on the strength of a couple victories.
Conversely, buying into a team off the dip, like a couple of losses, can pay handsomely. Much better than pre-season odds on the favorites.
2021 NFC East Odds
The Dallas Cowboys’ odds to win the division offer little incentive to play now. Early struggles could present a better number. Washington’s number is fair value in 2021 NFC East odds for the defending division champion, who must now play a first-place schedule. The Giants are taking money in some spots. New York opened at +400 at DraftKings Sportsbook but is down to +350. The Eagles are perceived to be in a rebuilding year. Their odds should get longer with that preseason perceptions and/or early-season losses.
Each team’s win total corresponds with their odds to win the division:
- Cowboys: 9.5 (under )
- Washington: 8 (over )
- Giants: 7 (over )
- Eagles: 6.5 (over )
17-Game Season: NFC East Scheduling Notes
All teams will face each other in the final month of the season. The extra game this year pits the NFC East at AFC East teams:
- Washington at Bills
- Giants at Dolphins
- Cowboys at Patriots
- Eagles at Jets
All teams play against the NFC South division, meaning the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are common opponents.
NFC East Team Breakdowns
A perceived public team like the 49ers in their prime, the Cowboys are often overbet. Dallas took dead-aim at its deficiencies, mainly defense, during the draft. Linebacker Micah Parsons headlined a group of six defensive players taken. The Cowboys ranked 28th in scoring defense last year, allowing 29.6 points per game.
The ‘Boys have offensive fireworks with the return of quarterback Dak Prescott (broken ankle), running back Ezekiel Elliott and a potent receiving corps of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. This is the division’s best receiving group, by light years.
But Dallas’ fate may rest on whether defensive draftees named Kevin Joseph, Osa Odighizuwa, Chauncey Colston, Nashon Wright and Jabril Cox contribute.
Washington Football Team
Should quarterback-deficient Washington have taken Kyle Trask with the second-round pick? His Florida receiving target Kyle Pitts was the highest tight-end ever taken, fourth overall by the Atlanta Falcons, in the modern era.
Yet Washington did not take Trask with the 51st pick. Trask had 43 touchdown passes versus eight interceptions last year. He went to Tampa Bay later in the second round. Washington appears to now be relying on Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2021, a proven gamer who brings heart to the offense. And Taylor Heinicke did throw for more than 300 yards in WFT’s postseason loss to the Bucs.
Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic are reasonably good, dual-threat running backs. Terry McLaurin had more than 1100 receiving yards, despite poor quarterback play, and Curtis Samuel joins this group of wide receivers from free agency.
On defense, Chase Young is reminiscent of a young Lawrence Taylor and led a defense that carried the team. In a big December game against the 49ers, the defense had two touchdowns, the offense none, in a 23-15 victory.
New York Giants
As bad as the Cowboys were defensively, that’s how bad the Giants were offensively. No team scored fewer points in the NFC at 17.5 per game.But there was an intangible: toughness. From an 0-5 start, they finished 6-10 and had a Week 17 triumph over the Cowboys.
The Giants get running back Saquon Barkley back. They also signed RB Corey Clement and WR Kenny Golladay in free agnecy and added another speedster in first-round WR Kadarius Toney, after stockpiling picks for trading down from 11 to 20 with the Chicago Bears.
The Giants also picked up tight end Kyle Rudolph, a proven pro-bowl tight end, and former WR Kelvin Benjamin, who is now listed as a TE. New York now has some depth at the position behind the oft-injured Evan Engram.
Something else must change too. Daniel Jones, AKA ‘Danny Dimes,’ needs to mature at quarterback. He’s a nice running threat but his crunch-time mistakes have killed them. This is his verdict year. The arrow is pointing up on Big Blue, but is this the year?
Rebuild year? Transition year? Gone is quarterback Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. Insert Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback.
Eagles engineered a nice draft-night audible to obtain Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith at wide receiver. Philly must improve on a league-worst four sacks allowed per game. Hurts mobility will help there but this team may have to be reconstructed.
Philadelphia now has a promising receiving group with Smith and fellow first-round pick Jalen Reagor. Miles Sanders has shown explosiveness at times out of the backfield but does not appear to be a bellcow back, with the Eagles adding Kenneth Gainwell in the draft, along with former second-round pick Kerryon Johnson off waivers from Detroit.
Fun fact: The Eagles were the first team ever to draft a Heisman Trophy winner. It was 1935, the player was Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago and he decided not to play pro football. Eagles backers hope Smith is in the mood for a big year.