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NFC East Preview - Picks Odds
The NFC East division will be the most competitive division in the NFL this
year. With teams like the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, and even the Redskins it will
be tough to authoritatively pick the victor before the season starts.
Interestingly enough, oddsmakers and bettors don't agree with our assessment of
the NFC East. Where we differ is with the Eagles. They have the Eagles as the
2nd choice in the division at odds of +260. The Giants are +280 and the Redskins
are +550. Where we have no problem agreeing is that the Dallas Cowboys will win
the NFC East. They are a little better than even money at +110 at
you can wager at reduced odds of -105 every Friday during the season.
Dallas Cowboys - Last year the 'Boys won a playoff game for the first time since 1996 after finishing the year 11-5. That was a good accomplishment, but they are capable of much more as one of the most talented teams in the NFL. QB Tony Romo proved last year that he can keep it together down the stretch. The same can be said for Coach Wade Phillips. The Coach drafted a powerful weapon for Romo in the form of WR Dez Bryant. The Oklahoma State alum has the potential to be one of the very best in the league. Bryant's presence will be good for #1 WR Miles Austin too. The Cowboys have one of the best RB corps in the NFL thanks to Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, and Felix Jones.
The offense is strong in Dallas, but so is the defense. LB Keith Brooking has showed no signs of declining despite turning 35 years old. The defensive line is rock solid thanks to Des Marcus Spears, and Igor Olshanky. NT Jay Ratliff is a former seventh round pick, but don't let that fool you. The 303 pound man will draw double teams thanks to his speed and tenacity. This team has the talent and potential to reach and win the Super Bowl in 2010.
Circle Monday October 25th. The Cowboys and Giants will tangle under the
Monday Night lights and if both teams start out as we expect, it could be a
marquee matchup. Be sure to check in with us each and every Monday Night for our
Monday Night Football Picks.
New York Giants - Things didn't go so well in 2009 for this team that won the Super Bowl in 2007 and went 12-4 in 2008. Let's just call last year a fluke. This team has too much talent not to win at least 10 games in 2010. Rocketing to yet another fast start will help ease the doubts of Giants fans. This won't be easy with games on the road against Indianapolis, and Houston in the first five weeks. If New York is going to succeed they need leadership and yards from QB Eli Manning. The Super Bowl winner is still improving at the age of 29. He has a cannon for an arm and we will see him use it a bunch this year. RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs are both healthy. Expect big numbers from them.
The pass rush in New York will be vastly improved. They have the best left end in the NFL in Justin Tuck. They also have an excellent pass rusher in Osi Umenyiora. The LBs are a clear weakness for the Giants. When it comes down to it, that weakness could prevent them from taking the top spot in this division. Look for the Giants to compete for a wildcard bid to the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles - Donavan McNabb is gone and is so Brian Westbrook. What does that mean for the Eagles? It means a massive rebuilding effort is in place and will begin in 2010. The 26 year old Kevin Kolb is the new QB. He has great potential, but has yet to give definitive proof that he can handle the pressures of being a starter in the NFL. Backup Michael Vick isn't too shabby, but troubles outside of the locker room could prevent him from making a big impact. Kolb has excellent receivers in Jackson and Maclin. TE Celek isn't a slouch either. Asante Samuel is a huge asset for the secondary. He can be counted on for a large number of INTs. All in all it looks like the Eagles can expect a 9-7 year with Kolb at the helm. If he overachieves they could compete for the NFC East, but if not they will be in trouble.
Washington Redskins - Are things finally making a turn for the better? After finishing 4-12 last year this team brings in Mike Shannahan to coach and make all final decisions. They also traded for veteran QB Donavan McNabb. The defense is moving to the 3-4 alignment. At the end of the day this team is much improved, but they have way to much ground to make up in order to compete in 2010.
The Cowboys are arguably the most talented team in the NFC. They are a solid bet not only to win NFC East, but perhaps the entire NFC. The Giants are going to be formidable, but glaring weaknesses at LB could cost them a chance at taking the division. The Eagles will be too busy rebuilding this year to compete for the top spot. In three to four years the Redskins could be ready, but 2010 isn't their year.
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