2015 NFC East Odds & Predictions: Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Redskins

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The Dallas Cowboys were the team to beat in the NFC East last season, primarily because of RB DeMarco Murray's league leading 1,845-yards (4.7 yards per carry). The Philadelphia Eagles finished second in the division primarily because of a successful home campaign resulting in a 6-2 record. The tables may have turned heading into the upcoming season as the Eagles made one of the biggest off-season acquisitions signing Murray in free agency and their schedule has eight home games at Lincoln Financial Field. Although Dallas will be without the talents of Murray, 2015 NFC East odds to win still have the Cowboys as slight +140 betting favorites followed by the Eagles at +160, the New York Giants at +300 and the Washington Redskins at +1400.

The Dallas Cowboys will now count on 3rd year pro Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden to handle the ball out of the backfield. That might be easier said than done however as Randle carried the ball 51-times for just 343-yards while McFadden had 155-attempts for 534-yards. It's not hard to tell that most of the Cowboys offense will need to rely on the chemistry between QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant. Romo returns after throwing 3,705-yards last season to finish with a 113.2-rating while Bryant complained enough to force the Cowboys into a 5-year, $70 million extension last July. Romo will also have Terrance Williams in the slot and TE Jason Witten to help keep the offense rolling. That being said, the Dallas defense left much to be desired last season ranking in the bottom of the league in terms of efficiency and will need to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year if Dallas is to fulfill NFL predictions and win the division as favorites in 2015 NFC East odds.

As mentioned, the Philadelphia Eagles running back position has been filled after letting LeSean McCoy go to the Bills and signing RB Ryan Matthews (Chargers) during the off-season to help ease Murray's workload but who will play behind center? Well, that's another story. Sam Bradford is expected to get the start since being traded from the Rams but Mark Sanchez is also an available option and even, wait for it, Tim Tebow. The Eagles will have a formidable WR trio in Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff and Nelson Aghlor with TE's Brent Celek and Zach Ertz more than capable of handling short downs. The defensive unit however has somewhat been rebuilt with the acquisitions of former Seahawks defensive backs Ryan Maxwell and Walter Thurmond to provide knowledge and experience for rookie Eric Rowe (Utah).

After winning the Super Bowl in 2011, the New York Giants find themselves once again as longshots in 2015 NFC East odds to win. Big Blue went 6-10 last season which saw QB Eli Manning throw 4,410-yards for 30-touchdowns and 14-costly interceptions. WR's Odell Beckham Jr., a healthy Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle should be able to give Manning the targets needed to turn the Giants offense around. The "G-men" defense should also be a pleasant surprise even with DE Jason Pierre-Paul missing a finger or too with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Broncos) and Prince Amukamara at the corners. As expected, the Washington Redskins are the longest shots on the board in 2015 NFC East odds to win. The only hope for Washington to defy losing predictions is if Robert Griffin III can finally live up to expectations while RB Alfred Morris has a season similar to 2012 where he rushed for 1,613-yards for 13-touchdowns.

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