LAS VEGAS — In want of a face-lift after a season that was worse than ugly, the NFC East just isn’t impressing anybody but. The very best-profile new face within the division is Ryan Fitzpatrick, a 38-year-old journeyman quarterback who’s becoming a member of his ninth staff in 17 years and in search of his first playoff look.
Washington performed 4 quarterbacks final yr, received the division with a 7-9 report and is now turning to Fitzpatrick, who might or might not have some magic left.
There is no such thing as a proof that any of the opposite three groups within the division are in higher palms on the quarterback place. The Cowboys’ Dak Prescott is probably the most gifted passer, however he’s recovering from a shoulder damage that sidelined him for the preseason. The Giants are nonetheless betting large on a Daniel Jones breakthrough, and the Eagles are hoping Jalen Hurts’ rising pains aren’t too extreme in his second yr.
NFC East groups simply compiled a 1-11-1 report within the preseason. After all it’s solely the preseason, and wins and losses aren’t a defining signal of what’s to return, however what was on show in August just isn’t meaningless, both.
“It’s onerous to attract too many conclusions, besides the NFC East continues to be greater than a bit subpar,” The Gold Sheet handicapper Bruce Marshall mentioned.
BetMGM lists Dallas (+135) because the division favourite, adopted by Washington (+220), the Giants (9/2) and Philadelphia (5/1).
The Cowboys are tagged with the best win whole (9.5) however are fragile favorites till confirmed in any other case. Dallas averaged 32.6 factors in Prescott’s 5 begins in 2020 and 21.1 factors within the 11 video games he missed with a damaged ankle. Washington ranked No. 4 within the NFL in scoring protection (20.6 ppg) and once more will probably be led by a dominant entrance 4, but it’s value mentioning the NFC East has not had a repeat winner since 2004.
“The entire division didn’t look good, however I nonetheless like Washington with that protection,” Pink Rock sportsbook director Chuck Esposito mentioned. “It’s robust to get a gauge on the Cowboys with Prescott not taking part in within the preseason. I don’t know what you’re going to get when Dak lastly will get on the sphere.”
The Cowboys (0-4) and Giants (0-3) confirmed nothing in August. Washington (1-2) and the Eagles (0-2-1) confirmed solely slightly. All 4 groups are underdogs in Week 1 video games.
Is the NFC East nonetheless the NFL’s worst division? Ponder that query and extra because the common season attracts close to.
Which staff that missed the playoffs final season is most probably to make it this time?
Guess on Invoice Belichick and the Patriots, who went 3-0 in August and unveiled a a lot improved protection. New England is powerful on the offensive and defensive traces, and there are extra playmakers surrounding rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
“I believe the 49ers and Patriots are playoff groups,” Esposito mentioned.
The Patriots, 7-9 final season, are +120 to make the playoffs, in keeping with BetMGM. The 49ers are -200 favorites to achieve the postseason after ending 6-10.
Are the 49ers dedicated to Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback?
“I believe Jimmy G goes to start out the season,” Esposito mentioned, “however I might see a fast turnaround the place the 49ers go to Trey Lance sooner reasonably than later.”
Garoppolo is anticipated to start out Week 1, when the 49ers are 7.5-point favorites at Detroit, and it’s a must-win recreation for the veteran. Kyle Shanahan performed Lance, the No. 3-overall decide from North Dakota State, extensively within the preseason, and the San Francisco coach is clearly intrigued by the dual-threat rookie’s greater ceiling.
How quickly will the Bears go to rookie Justin Fields?
Chicago’s offensive line is weak, which implies bother for motionless veteran Andy Dalton. And bother might come early for the Bears, who open as 7.5-point highway underdogs to the Rams. Fields, a first-round decide from Ohio State, is warming up within the bullpen. Both method, guess the Bears to remain Underneath 7.5 wins.
Will the Buccaneers be even higher?
With 22 starters returning and Tom Brady extra snug within the offense, why not guess on Tampa Bay to go Over 11.5 wins? Possibly as a result of 44-year-old quarterbacks are speculated to be both declining or retired. The sharps guess in opposition to Brady final yr, and the way did that prove? The Bucs went 11-5 and their protection was dominant in a Tremendous Bowl blowout.
The place is there worth in Tremendous Bowl futures?
Look past the favorites — Chiefs (9/2) and Buccaneers (7/1) — for a protracted shot. How concerning the Broncos at 50/1? Denver was a scorching ticket early in the summertime when it appeared Aaron Rodgers is perhaps the long run. As a substitute, Teddy Bridgewater received the quarterback job.
“It’s onerous to seek out worth in Tremendous Bowl futures,” Esposito mentioned. “Denver is a staff that looks like it might be a sleeper. Bridgewater had a very good preseason, I like their skill-position gamers on offense, and the protection does look actually good.”
The Patriots have some potential at 30/1. A Belichick-Brady showdown within the Tremendous Bowl can be an all-time basic.