The best betting sites favor the Philadelphia Eagles or the Dallas Cowboys to win the NFC East division. The Eagles drafted three wide receivers, one quarterback, two linebackers, two offensive tackles, a safety, and a defensive end. General manager Howie Roseman addressed pretty much every position of need except cornerback. However, Roseman did trade third- and fifth-round picks in exchange for corner Darius Slay earlier this offseason.
The one Philly draft pick that left just about everybody in need of some Head & Shoulders (i.e., scratching their heads) was Jalen Hurts. The Eagles selected Oklahoma QB in the second round as the 53rd overall pick. Even though Carson Wentz played all 16 regular season games for the first time since his rookie year. And in spite the fact that they already have a serviceable backup in Nate Sudfeld. In a nutshell, Philly wasted a second-round pick on a quarterback less than a year after they signed a 27-year-old franchise signal-caller to a record contract.
“There are only two scenarios in which the drafting of Hurts is a sensible move. One, they think that Hurts can eventually contribute on game days at a position other than quarterback. Or, two, they have reason to think that Wentz’s career might be significantly shorter than that of a typical franchise quarterback.”
The best online sportsbooks give the Cowboys equal odds as the Eagles to win the division. Dallas drafted wide receiver CeeDee Lamb as the 17th overall pick in the first round. Regarding that selection, Hall of Fame running back and NFL Network analyst LaDainian Toomlinson said; “It’s more firepower for Dak Prescott. But then it’s the issue of when is Dak going to get signed?
It’s like, ‘What are we doing here?’”. Both Prescott and Wentz were drafted in 2016. But while the Eagles signed Wentz to a $32 million a year contract (and the Rams signed Jared Goff, also drafted in 2016, for an average of $33.5 million) a year ago, the Cowboys and Prescott have been kicking the can down the road. Dallas has placed the exclusive franchise tag on Dak. The Cowboys and Prescott have until July 15 to finalize a long-term deal.
Odds to Win the NFC East
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New York Giants
As we can see for the best betting sites’ odds-boards, there is a wide gap between the Cowboys and the Giants. The Blue Boys are in a transitional period. Head coach Pat Shurmur was let go after two seasons and replaced with Joe Judge. Moreover, Eli Manning will not be on the roster for the first time since 2011, following his retirement. The Giants have not signed nor did they draft a QB, cementing Daniel Jones as their starter going forward.
Furthermore, Coach Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman made every effort to refurbish the offensive line. They selected first round pick tackle Andrew Thomas, third-round pick tackle Matt Peart, and fifth-round pick guard Shane Lemieux. “Once you have the quarterback, you better have an offensive line,” said co-owner John Mara.
The Skins also have a new head coach in Ron Rivera, a two-time head coach of the year and the Panthers’ most-winning head coach of all time. Washington passed on Tua Tagovailoa in favor of defensive end Chase Young as the second overall pick in the draft. That is a vote of confidence for Dwayne Haskins. Meanwhile, second round pick running back Antonio Gibson “could remind Rivera of a “mid-round version” of Carolina Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey”.
Our Pick: I’m going to go all counterintuitive on the best betting sites. I’m going to pick the Giants to upset the Eagles and Cowboys and win the division.