For NFL predictions, you won’t get many arguments that Dallas is the best team in the NFC East, other than from those from the three other teams in the division who view their squads quite differently.
In looking at the NFL odds and preseason magazines, how the four teams will finish already appears set in stone. However, this is the NFL, where anything and everything is possible. Here is our preseason preview and all odds listed are courtesy of 5Dimes.
Jerry Jones Cowboys are young and hungry coming off a 12-5 campaign (10-7 ATS). On offense, Dallas should be even better as long as Ezekiel Elliot does not miss too much time with expected suspension. Dak Prescott has a full year under his belt, has plenty of weapons and plays behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Where the Cowboys are likely vulnerable is in the secondary, where they were 26th last season in passing yards allowed and lost four key performers. The front seven was tops in the NFL in stopping the run and may have to do even more this year for Dallas to win division.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 7/19)
N.Y. Giants +250
Somehow the Giants finished 11-6 (9-8 ATS) and made the postseason. Eli Manning is following in his brother’s footsteps in advancing age, now at 36, showing regression in almost every statistical category. At this age, every quarterback needs a running game, even Tom Brady, and last year New York did not have one and nobody is sure if they will even be average after finishing 29th last year in rushing. All the money upgrading the defense paid off, listed second in fewest points allowed at 17.8 per game. For NFL picks, it seems to be all on the offense to improve and with Manning, it could go either way.
Season Win Totals (as of 7/19)
N.Y. Giants Ov8.5