The NFL regular season is a week away and, in the NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles are the bookies favourites to return to the top of the Division.
Eagles Flying High in Betting
After their Super Bowl triumph in the 2017-18 season, some pundits predicted they would fall away, but that didn’t happen as Nick Foles once again stepped in to guide the team to the play-offs, where they reached the Division Finals. Foles has moved on, giving Carson Wentz the chance to finally show his worth, and with a bolstered offense and a solid defense, the Eagles appear to have the roster to reclaim their Division title. At odds of 5/6 on, bookmakers clearly agree.
Don’t Write Off Dallas
With a 3-5 record at the halfway stage last season, the Dallas Cowboys were once again shaping up to be the butt of NFL fans’ jokes, but the signing of Amari Cooper gave them a lift and they finished strong, claiming the Division title and reaching the second round of the play-offs. With a strong offense and a powerful defense, featuring exciting young line-backers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, they can challenge the Eagles, although the lingering contract dispute with elite running back Ezekiel Elliott could be a distraction that hampers their campaign.
Washington Way Off the Pace
Safety Landon Collins will bolster the Washington defence, and rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat is another interesting addition, but this will be Jay Gruden’s sixth season with the franchise, and in that time, the team have never won more than nine games in a single campaign. With Alex Smith’s return still some way off, there’s no reason to expect improvement from this team at 14/1.
Giants in a Holding Pattern
The frustration of New York Giants fans seems set to continue for at least another season as Eli Manning once again lines up as first choice quarterback. Whether he ends the campaign as first choice remains to be seen, but if his decline continues, it is hard to see how an offense that no longer includes Odell Beckham Jr will improve. Saquon Barkley will once again be the key, but the Giants are a long way short of challenging the Eagles or the Cowboys at 16/1.