2. Washington to win the NFC East (+200)
When the Washington Football Team won the NFC East in 2020, it was clear that the season was a whirlwind for every team in the division.
The Cowboys struggled throughout the year, and the season felt lost for Dallas when quarterback Dak Prescott went down in Week 5.
The Eagles had an extremely underwhelming season, as Carson Wentz was benched in favor of Jalen Hurts, but some of the biggest problems for Philadelphia came from a severely inconsistent defense.
The Giants continued their own inconsistency in the pursuit of finding out if Daniel Jones is the quarterback of their future, and New York also lost their star running back Saquon Barkley in Week 2.
Things have changed drastically in 2021, and as Washington’s defense is anticipated to take a step forward as a unit, they made vast improvements on offense, upgrading at quarterback and receiver.
In Dallas, the Cowboys are returning much of the same team from 2020, but their biggest obstacle in 2021 is the health and availability of their playmakers. Dallas cannot afford to lose key members of its defense, and they especially cannot lose Prescott again.
After bringing in a new coaching regime, the Eagles are going through a rebuilding period. With Nick Sirianni at the helm and Hurts at quarterback, growing pains will be expected in Philly. Despite some young players showing signs of promising potential, it isn’t expected that the Eagles will make a competitive run at the division in 2021.
For New York, the Giants will have to rely on Daniel Jones taking the next step at quarterback, as well as relying on Saquon Barkley to return back to his normal self. There are a lot of question marks and uncertainty in New York, but until those questions are answered, it feels like a two team race in the NFC East.
Washington will hope to finish strong in 2021 just like they did in 2020, as the last five games of the regular season are against NFC East opponents. If Washington can start out hot or go on a winning streak in October or November, they could have the opportunity to put this division away early.
Per WynnBet, the Cowboys are currently the favorites to win the division at +165 odds. However, Dallas has far too many question marks to be a sure thing to win the NFC East. With Washington’s defense and new playmakers on offense, +200 odds to win the division is too good to pass up.