NFL Futures – NFC East Odds
There might not be a more difficult division in the NFL to call this season than the NFC East. With all four teams in the division dogged by some uncertainty, it leaves the NFL betting picks public with a hard decision to make.
The Giants easily walked away with the division last season after going 12-4. New York enters the new season as the division favorite at +165 on the NFL odds, but it might not be as easy this time. New York got rid of their biggest distraction by dumping Plaxico Burress in the offseason, but now they need someone to step up and replace him. With Burress in the lineup last season the Giants were 9-1, compared to 3-3 without him. It’s clear Eli Manning needs a true No. 1 receiver to throw to, but who’s it going to be? The list of possibilities includes Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, and rookie Hakeem Nicks for starters. The success of the Giants’ passing game could end up making or breaking their season.
Following the Giants on the NFL odds for the division are the Philadelphia Eagles at +210. Donovan McNabb always draws some heat even when he’s playing well, and like Manning in New York he’s still looking for that No.1 receiver. Could the Eagles finally have found him in draft pick Jeremy Maclin? Beyond the passing game the Eagles need a healthy Brian Westbrook to keep their offense moving. After having surgery on his ankle in the offseason Westbrook is expected to be ready for the preseason. Philly got some insurance behind Westbrook by drafting LeSean McCoy, but can he step in and start if the oft-injured Westbrook goes down again?
The biggest disappointment in the division last season were the Dallas Cowboys; that’s why they’re third on the NFL odds at +250. Dallas was considered to be a Super Bowl contender, but failed to even make the playoffs. Tony Romo needs to keep that from happening again or his time in Dallas could be over. At least Romo doesn’t have to put up with Terrell Owens’ antics anymore; he’ll need Roy Williams to step up and fill the void, though. Expect Jason Witten to catch a ton of passes again, but if Dallas really wants to improve they should take full advantage of their depth at running back. The trio of Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice is lethal and could lead Dallas to their first playoff win since 1996.
Rounding out the NFL odds is Washington at +550. The Redskins will likely go as far as quarterback Jason Campbell can take them. After showing a lot of improvement late in 2007 Campbell failed to ignite the Redskins’ offense last season. With Washington GM Dan Snyder always eager to make a move Campbell could be watching from the sidelines if Washington doesn’t start winning.
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