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Breaking down NFC East 2021 win totals with predictions for each team

DraftKings Sportsbook has released the odds for each NFL team’s win totals. We break down the NFC East and offer predictions for how each team will perform against the number.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) calls a play in the second quarter against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The NFC East continues to be one of the most competitive divisions in all of the NFL. It’s one of the biggest talking points each year when discussing the division, but it’s still incredibly fascinating to see that there has been no back-to-back NFC East winners since the Philadelphia Eagles last did it in 2004. We’re going on nearly two decades with nobody from the division winning it in consecutive seasons. Below is a look at some of the season win totals from DraftKings Sportsbook as the offseason continues to move along.

Dallas Cowboys, Win total: 9.5

One of the biggest stories across the NFL in recent years has been what the organization would do with Dak Prescott, and the Dallas Cowboys finally locked him with a huge contract. The star quarterback went down with a brutal injury last season, so we’ll see how healthy he is as we get closer to the start of the season. Dallas should improve offensively assuming a healthy Prescott, but the defense could remain an issue for a unit that ranked No. 23 in opponent yards per play allowed last season.

Pick: Under 9.5 (-134)

Washington Football Team, Win total: 8

As mentioned earlier, being the defending NFC East champions is usually a death sentence for a division title the next year. The Washington Football Team went 7-9 to claim the division last season and were bounced in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Washington used four starting quarterbacks, and their two main options Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins Jr. are no longer with the team. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the No. 1 guy for now, but head coach Ron Rivera said there will be competition. Despite for several NFL teams, Fitzpatrick has never led a team to the playoffs. The Football Team had a fantastic defense in 2020, but they struggled to move the ball, and there isn’t much to point to for a huge improvement.

Pick: Under 8 (+110)

New York Giants, Win total: 7

The Giants finished 6-10 in 2020, but they should be drastically improved offensively heading into the next NFL season. Daniel Jones did not have a very good season, completing 62.5% of his passes with 11 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, but he will have much better weapons this year. Star running back Saquon Barkley will return after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury, and New York drastically improved their passing game with the addition of Kenny Golladay at the wide receiver position. Additionally, they now have a very good tight end combination after signing Kyle Rudolph to go along with former first round pick Evan Engram.

Pick: Over 7 (-110)

Philadelphia Eagles, Win total: 6.5

It’s officially the Jalen Hurts show in Philadelphia as he will be the quarterback moving forward with Carson Wentz now a member of the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles went 4-11-1 last year for the bottom of the NFC East. The passing game was a bit of a mess last season between Wentz and Hurts. In his rookie season, Hurts appeared in 15 games with four starts and completed 52% of his passes with six touchdowns and four interceptions. The Eagles have a great deal of inexperience at the wide receiver position with several unproven options that a significant jump doesn’t seem likely.

Pick: Under 6.5 (+110)

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