The NFC East has not crowned a repeat division champion since way back before you can find your favorite DIY tutorials on youtube … yup that’s right we are going on thirteen years of swapping back and forth. The last back-to-back NFC East champs were the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2004. Will the Cowboys break the cycle? Will they breeze into the playoffs for the second year in a row?
A Lot of Talk About Regression
I’m not sure how many times I have heard it … and I am definitely not sure how much I believe it, but there has been a lot of talk about the Dallas Cowboys entering a ‘sophomore slump’, so to speak. Much of this is coming from the fans, like the 13-3 season is too good to be the real deal and can’t last. This conversation usually starts with the new guys on the O-line. That uber-dominant front line of Big Uglies got a face lift with three newbies. This inevitably leads to the effectiveness of the rising stars, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.
And oh … the NFL legal woes. Zeke and his camp are going back and forth with the NFL and we are still uncertain whether or not he’ll be suspended for the first six games of the season. If this is the case, that tough Week-1 test against the G-Men will get all the tougher.
Odds-On The Cowboys
Despite some fans’ fears about regression, the Cowboys opened before preseason as the odds-on favorites to win the NFC East. Let’s review Bovada for the most up to date odds for who takes the NFC EAST:
- Dallas Cowboys 180
- New York Giants 200
- Philadelphia Eagles 275
- Washington redskins 550
Confirmed. The Cowboys still lead the pack and are even fourth in line to win the Super Bowl –according to many sportsbooks.
On the Waiver Wire
Yes … it is a real thing, not just a made-up Fantasy Football term! Jerry’s Merry Men just hustled and finagled to fortify the defense. Defensive Tackle Brian Price and Line Backer Jayrone Elliot have joined the roster to bolster defensive depth. Speaking of depth … It’s not on the waiver wire but it’s all across the wire; that rookie QB, Rush Cooper is looking pretty darn good!
Not All Fluffy and White in Hog Heaven
So, what about the rest of the competition? Well, it isn’t looking very divine over in hog heaven. The Skins are like an old road bus that is broken down on the lee side of hill which blocks all sight of the playoffs for the foreseeable future. The Redskins have been lined out with an Over/Under of 7.5 wins … which I feel is WAY too high. They get six at best.
The Eagles are expected to win eight games and though they are cresting to the positive side of the post-Kelly rebuilding process, eight wins is par for the course in 2017.
I don’t need to tell you that the Giants are the Cowboys toughest competition this season. Though they are not as highly touted as the Cowboys on the futures odds markets, they are only set a half of a game back from Dallas at nine wins on the season. The Giants are going to be tough this year. I had a conversation with Johnny Football … yes. You heard that right. I won’t do any direct quotes, but the NFC East came up in our conversation and he talked about the various reasons why he believes the Giants are going to be an improved team in 2017. Now, will it be enough to scoot past Americas Favorite Team? I really don’t think so.
After the Preview There’s a Prediction
What it boils down to is this: The Giants will be scratching, clawing and kicking all season long but the Cowboys should be the first team since 2004 to win the NFC EAST twice in a row!
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