Meanwhile the Giants (6-10) and Cowboys (4-12) struggled with inconsistency and injuries throughout the year.
This was especially the case with Dallas who lost both their franchise quarterback (Tony Romo) and wide receiver (Dez Bryant) to significant injuries. The Cowboys had their worst season since Jerry Jones took over as owner more than 25 years ago. But they’ll be able to rebound quickly if their star players can stay healthy, especially given the addition of former Ohio State All-American Ezekiel Elliott at running back.
The same cannot be said of the Philadelphia Eages. While Philly does have some talented skill position players, the Eagles have a huge cloud hovering over who will be the quarterback for the franchise. Philadelphia has relied on former number one overall pick Sam Bradford but selected Carson Wentz to be their quarterback of the future during the 2016 NFL Draft.
So what does the 2016 season hold? Well it seems again that the division crown is wide open and up grabs. The Redskins made the biggest move in free agency by signing former Carolina Panthers standout cornerback Josh Norman to a lucrative deal, but they still need to find a viable candidate to spearhead the running back position, as Alfred Morris is no longer has the potential he once did.
With New York once again featuring the lethal passing combination of Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning, the Giants also have the potential to go from 6-10 to 10-6 if their free agent and draft signings take off.
NFC East Betting Lines Today
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NFC East Standings Right Now
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|2||New York Giants||12||8||4||245||237||0.667|
|2||Green Bay Packers||12||6||6||295||302||0.500|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||7||5||277||285||0.583|
|3||New Orleans Saints||12||5||7||347||335||0.417|
|3||Los Angeles Rams||12||4||8||180||262||0.333|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||12||1||11||234||370||0.083|
How To Win At NFC East Betting
If Norman was the marquee signing for the NFC East during the free agency period, then the Giants signing of defensive end Olivier Vernon was a close second. Vernon was the premier pass rusher for the Miami Dolphins during his first couple of years in the league and will help bolster what was once the most feared pass rush in the league.
First round draft pick Eli Apple, who will be counted on heavily this season to make a big-time impact for a shoddy Giants defense that allowed the most points in the division, joins Vernon on the Giants defense. Washington, however, still features the most formidable defense in the division.
The Redskins, with the addition of Norman, have one of the deepest secondaries in the division. Washington will now feature the former Panther at cornerback and three-time Pro Bowl selection DeAngelo Hall at free safety. Though the loss of safety Dashon Goldson will hurt, the Skins will retain the services of veteran safety Will Blackmon and All-Rookie selection cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
The Redskins have had a track record of making big free agent signings only to have them blow up in their face, but the undersized Norman has a bone to pick with any team who doubts his ability.
The Cowboys featured arguably the East’s best defense for the 2015 season. Dallas had one Pro Bowl player in Sean Lee but allowed the least points in the division. While their 4-12 record would indicate they struggled at many points, the defense wasn’t entirely culpable.
Look for the Cowboys to continue their roll with another strong showing in 2016. Philadelphia featured the most turnovers of any team last season on defense.
The Eagles parted ways with starters Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso last year bu have two 2016 Pro Bowl selections returning in defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and safety Malcolm Jenkins. Philly’s defense will be relied on heavily to pick up the slack if the offense can’t find its identity under new head coach Doug Pederson
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