NFC East betting preview: Eagles are a huge threat to Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles are poised to take the next step in 2022. Photo by Michael Ainsworth/AP

The NFC East has not produced a lot of winning teams over the years but it has given football fans plenty of entertainment — for both good and bad reasons.

The latest: No team has repeated as NFC East champion since the Philadelphia Eagles won four consecutive titles from 2001-2004. The Dallas Cowboys, last year's winner, are favoured to end the drought, but will they?

Check out our NFC East betting preview for the 2022 season.

NFC East betting preview

Dallas Cowboys

MarketOdds
To win Super Bowl+2,000
To win NFC Championship+850
To win NFC East+125
Win total (10.5)Over (+118) or Under (-143)
To reach playoffsYes (-240) or No (+190)

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Odds as of 9:17 a.m. on 08/15/2022.

Best team bet: To finish second in NFC East (+210)

The NFC East is really a two-team race and unfortunately for Cowboys backers, we have them finishing second this season. There are several reasons for that.

For starters, Dallas lost a number of key players this offseason, including OLB Randy Gregory, WR Amari Cooper, WR Cedrick Wilson, RT La'El Collins and C Connor Williams. And the Cowboys did very little to replace them.

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Secondly, Dallas has a tougher schedule this season. It may seem insignificant, but the Cowboys went from having the seventh-easiest schedule in 2021 to the 10th easiest in 2022, according to Sharp Football. Philadelphia, the biggest threat to Dallas in our opinion, went from having the fifth easiest to the second easiest.

Dallas' schedule is highlighted by games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

Lastly, the final reason why we like Dallas to finish second is because of how far ahead it is of the Washington Commanders and New York Giants.

The stability the Cowboys have at quarterback with Dak Prescott alone is enough to put them in a different tier than the other two squads.

Best player bet: CeeDee Lamb to lead NFL in receiving yards (+1,300)

The Cowboys are extremely devoid of experienced pass catchers outside of Lamb and he should command a monster target share this season.

Both WR Michael Gallup and WR James Washington will not be ready to begin the year as they deal with injuries. That gives Dallas a fairly underwhelming depth chart at the position.

Dallas has 205 vacated targets in this offence based on players who left this offseason, according to 4for4. That comes in as the 11th most in the league entering 2022, thanks largely to Cooper's trade to the Cleveland Browns.

The Cowboys have also shown that they want to throw the ball a ton. Dallas' 38.4 pass attempts per game ranked fifth in the NFL last season.

Lamb has racked up 2,037 receiving yards through his first two seasons and everything is there for him to make a seismic leap in his third year.

O/U win total prediction: The Cowboys' win total is set at 10.5 and we're picking Dallas to go under this number.

As stated above, the schedule is a little more difficult than it was a season ago. The roster is also less talented than it was in 2021, which is a bad combination for any team.

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Steven Psihogios

Dallas finished with 12 wins last season but held an uninspiring 3-5 record against teams that qualified for the postseason, with two of those wins coming against the Eagles. Finishing first in your division leads to facing tougher opponents, and we don't think the Cowboys are up for the challenge in 2022.

Pick: Under 10.5 games (-143)

New York Giants

MarketOdds
To win Super Bowl+12,500
To win NFC Championship+5,000
To win NFC East+800
Win total (7.5)Over (+127) or Under (-155)
To reach playoffsYes (+245) or No (-315)

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Odds as of 9:17 a.m. on 08/15/2022.

Best team bet: To finish third in the NFC East (+255)

The Giants are bad but we actually think they're better than the Commanders which gives this bet some nice value.

New York finished last in the division a year ago but made a number of notable changes this offseason. The team used its pair of top-10 picks in the NFL draft to select edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and OT Evan Neal.

The Giants also brought in a new head coach, signing ex-Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be their new bench boss. The hope is he can help quarterback Daniel Jones improve as the passer enters his fourth year in the league.

Finishing last in the division also granted the Giants an easier schedule than the Commanders in 2022. New York will play the easiest schedule in the league while Washington is No. 6.

Best player bet: Kayvon Thibodeaux to win Defensive Rookie of the Year (+600)

Thibodeaux spent a lot of time during the college football season as the No. 1 pick on a lot of people's mock drafts before ultimately slipping to No. 5.

It would shock no one if he had a dominant rookie season in 2022.

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The former Oregon Duck owns a 91st percentile speed score for his position, according to PlayerProfiler. His ability to fly off the edge is a big reason why he recorded 19 sacks across 30 games in his collegiate career.

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Playing in New York in the headline-grabbing NFC East won't hurt his chances of winning the award, either, as nobody flies under the radar in the Big Apple.

O/U win total prediction: New York's win total in 2022 is set at 7.5 games and we actually don't hate a bet on the over.

The Giants have a ridiculously easy schedule that includes:

  • vs. Carolina (Week 2)
  • vs. Chicago (Week 4)
  • @ Jacksonville (Week 7)
  • @ Seattle (Week 8)
  • vs. Houston (Week 10)
  • vs. Detroit (Week 11)
  • Washington (Week 13, Week 15)

That's eight games against teams that ranked inside the bottom 11 of last year's overall standings.

New York's offseason moves should make it a more competitive group this year, which is why we'll side with the over at plus-money odds.

Pick: Over 7.5 games (+127)

Philadelphia Eagles

MarketOdds
To win Super Bowl+3,000
To win NFC Championship+1,300
To win NFC East+165
Win total (9.5)Over (-134) or Under (+110)
To reach playoffsYes (-167) or No (+137)

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Odds as of 9:17 a.m. on 08/15/2022.

Best team bet: Eagles to win NFC East (+165)

This line has been shortening all summer long as there are plenty of reasons to back the Eagles to win the NFC East.

Unlike the Cowboys, Philadelphia's roster actually improved this offseason. The Eagles added WR A.J. Brown, OLB Haason Reddick and CB James Bradberry to fill important gaps on both sides of the football.

Philadelphia also spent its first-round pick on Georgia DT Jordan Davis, who has all of the makings of an absolute game changer.

Bettors should expect dual-threat QB Jalen Hurts to continue improving as he gets sets to enter his third season with Philadelphia and second as the team's starter following a trip to the wild-card round last season.

This is a playoff team that made an effort to get better. We're buying the Philly hype this season

Best player bet: Miles Sanders under 850.5 rushing yards (-122)

We're not betting on Sanders to have a career year in 2022 and that's essentially what's required when looking to take the over on this bet.

The running back has been in the league for three seasons and has surpassed this total just once (2020). Philadelphia drafted RB Kenneth Gainwell in 2021 and Sanders had his worst statistical year the following season.

Sanders produced 754 rushing yards and zero touchdowns in 2021 while Gainwell was able to put up 291 yards on 68 carries.

The reports out of training camp suggest Gainwell will continue to take on a larger role in the offence. If that happens, then it's hard to believe that Sanders will find a way to produce nearly 100 more rushing yards with less work.

O/U win total prediction: We're banging the drum for the Eagles if you couldn't tell.

Philadelphia has a really easy schedule this upcoming season that includes two contests against both the Giants and Commanders and matchups against the Lions, Steelers, Texans and Bears.

The Packers, Titans, Arizona Cardinals and Cowboys are the only teams the Eagles face who made the playoffs a year ago.

We also really love the addition of Brown for Hurts. When healthy, Brown is an absolute machine at generating yards after the catch. His 6.2 YAC mark in 2020 ranked 12th among all receivers. He should help unlock the offence and be the primary target for Hurts in 2022.

Philadelphia won nine games last season and this is a better team with an easier schedule. We are definitely rolling with the over.

Pick: Over 9.5 wins (-134)

Washington Commanders

MarketOdds
To win Super Bowl+8,000
To win NFC Championship+3,500
To win NFC East+550
Win total (7.5)Over (-134) or Under (+110)
To reach playoffsYes (+175) or No (-220)

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Odds as of 9:17 a.m. on 08/15/2022.

Best team bet: To finish fourth in NFC East (+200)

We are looking to fade the Commanders any way possible this year.

There's just not a lot to like about this team. The new name is bad and their DL coach has already been fired and the year hasn't even started. Defensive end Chase Young and WR Terry McLaurin are about the only exciting players on the roster.

Washington signed QB Carson Wentz to take over this offseason and believe it or not, he represents a massive upgrade and their best passer since Kirk Cousins was at the helm in 2017.

Best player bet: Terry McLaurin over 960.5 receiving yards (-125)

McLaurin has blazed past this total in each of his past two seasons and he's a good bet to do so again in 2022.

The playmaking wideout has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his past two seasons and that's been with a truly underwhelming list of passers getting him the football.

Taylor Heinicke, Alex Smith, Kyle Allen, and Garrett Gilbert highlight some of the low-quality QBs he's had to deal with, making Wentz an improvement for McLaurin and the rest of the receivers.

The 26-year-old wideout is a proven target hog and that shouldn't change with a new QB. He's been targeted 164 times since 2020 (No. 10 in the NFL), according to StatMuse.

McLaurin should be poised to go over this number once again with the best QB he's ever played with under centre.

O/U win total prediction: Washington doesn't have an overly difficult schedule but it's not a team that's strong enough to capitalize on weak opponents.

Its win total is set at 7.5 games. That number may not seem high but the Commanders have not eclipsed seven wins since 2016.

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Washington has the sixth-easiest schedule for this season, highlighted by games against the Jaguars, Lions, Bears, Texans and Atlanta Falcons. The team will also play seven games against teams that made the playoffs in 2021.

We've already stated our stance on the Commanders which means we'll take the under on their win total.

Pick: Under 7.5 wins (+110)

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