NFL Futures: 2022 NFC East Betting Preview, Computer Picks and Analysis

The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East last year, which means that the New York Giants have now gone 10 years without winning the division — with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders having won in that timeframe. This year, the Cowboys are the betting favorites to get the job done again, but expectations are also high for the Eagles. And the Commanders have a competitive football team.  

This might not be a stacked division or anything, but a lot of these teams can play and we're going to do everything we can to get you up to speed in our NFC East betting preview, picks and analysis. Make sure you keep reading to find out who we're backing in this division. And if you're a new customer, you might want to grab this DraftKings offer to bet $5 on the NFL and get $200 free ➡️ here ⬅️. Free bets are perfect for betting on futures, as you can cash in big without having to risk anything. 

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NFC East Betting Preview, Computer Picks and Analysis

Dallas Cowboys

 

NFL Week 1 2022: Buccaneers vs. Cowboys

Our predictive analytics model is all over the Cowboys this year, with DimersBOT genuinely believing Dallas has a chance to be a legitimate contender. That might sound a little interesting when you consider the fact that the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, but that also says something about how high our model is on CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and rookie Jalen Tolbert. Look for Lamb to be a breakout player this season, with Gallup and Tolbert combining to make up the lost production from Cooper. Star quarterback Dak Prescott also likes to make use of tight end Dalton Schultz, and Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard can both make impacts as receivers out of the backfield. And they also make up one of the better running back duos in the league. All in all, we see this offense really clicking in Kellen Moore's fourth year as offensive coordinator. 

On defense, the Cowboys continue to move in the right direction — coordinator Dan Quinn was NFL Assistant of the Year last year. With an offense as explosive as theirs, they can enter the upper echelon of the league by going from above-average to good on that side of the ball. Last year, Dallas ranked 12th in the league in defense during the regular season, according to Pro Football Focus. Now, the team is hoping it can maintain its pass rush by replacing Randy Gregory with Sam Williams in the second round of the NFL Draft and Dante Fowler on a cheap deal in free agency. Both players should be able to make plays with DeMarcus Lawrence soaking up the attention of opposing defenses. And Micah Parsons is a jack of all trades and should continue to be a weapon for Quinn. 

Overall, if replacing Cooper and Gregory is actually as simple as our model thinks it is, the sky is the limit for the Cowboys. 

Verdict: The DimersBOT is extremely high on the Cowboys this year. It gives them a 52.1 chance to win this division and it also has them with the fifth-best chance to win the Super Bowl. With that in mind, this is a pretty good play in what should be another relatively down year in the NFC East. 

Philadelphia Eagles

 

NFL Week 1 2022: Eagles vs. Lions

With Jalen Hurts' ability to run the football at the quarterback position, this team is going to be able to pound the rock at a high level — especially considering Miles Sanders is a very elusive backfield option and the team has other guys that are capable of subbing in and making plays. But the reason to be high on Philadelphia is that the team added A.J. Brown to a group of pass catchers that already includes wideout DeVonta Smith and tight end Dallas Goedert. If Hurts can improve his accuracy just a bit, this offense should be really hard to stop. 

Defensively, the Eagles should be a bit better this year than they were a year ago. One of the weaknesses of this defense was that it couldn't quite get after the quarterback, but bringing in Haason Reddick should really help in that regard. The Eagles have a solid secondary and the group should make even more plays with opposing quarterbacks not being able to get comfortable. 

While we do like Dallas, there's a world in which Philadelphia makes the leap required to win this division. The team will just badly need Hurts to continue getting better. If he isn't able to do that, the Eagles might turn to Gardner Minshew at some point. 

Verdict: The Eagles are another team our model is high on, as Philadelphia is given a 34.9% chance of winning the division — and a 3.6% shot of winning the Super Bowl. Betting on the Eagles all comes down to whether or not you trust Hurts to make strides as a passer. He'll need to be more efficient as a thrower to take his team to another level.

Washington Commanders

 

NFL Week 1 2022: Jaguars vs. Commanders

Once Chase Young is back, the Commanders are going to have a scary pass rush with him and Montez Sweat getting after it from the edges. Washington also has Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen clogging up the middle. That duo should be great as long as the two of them can coexist. They got into a pretty big fight on the sidelines last year, which put an even bigger damper on a down season. The Commanders should also be solid throughout the rest of the defense, but they will especially feel good about the secondary. Kendall Fuller has become one of the better corners in the NFC and he'll continue to give Washington a good chance of keeping explosive passing offenses at bay. 

On offense, this team better hope that Carson Wentz is a better quarterback than he was with the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz might never be an MVP-level guy like he was early in his career with the Eagles, but they need him to do an adequate job of getting playmakers like Terry McLaurin the ball. If he can do that, the Commanders should be better offensively than they were last season. 

Washington doesn't have the pieces in place to really contend yet, so the team likely won't be in the mix at the top of the NFC East. But the Commanders could potentially be in the mix for a wild-card spot. 

Verdict: Our model isn't very high on the Commanders, which is pretty understandable when considering the version of Wentz we've seen in recent years. It's not impossible that this team surprises us and becomes a legitimate contender in the division, but it's hard to see how they finish with a record as good as a team like the Cowboys. 

New York Giants

 

NFL Week 1 2022: Giants vs. Titans

The Giants hit home runs in replacing Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge with Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll. Daboll was the mind behind the Buffalo Bills' explosive offense, and New York badly needed somebody that can just competently put together an offensive gameplan. If Daboll can find a way to get Daniel Jones right, that would be massive for the whole organization. If he can't, New York will look to next year's loaded draft for a new signal caller. Regardless, the Giants should be better offensively than they were a year ago, and they'll have the playmakers in place to be a special unit once they eventually find the right guy at quarterback — especially if they can bring back Saquon Barkley on a contract that isn't terrible after this year. 

On defense, New York is a work in progress at the moment, but the team is hoping to see some immediate flashes from Kayvon Thibodeaux, who just might have been the most talented player in the 2022 NFL Draft. Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari and Leonard Williams make up a scary trio for opposing offenses to have to deal with, and those three will definitely have chances to get after it under Don "Wink" Martindale, who has always stressed getting after the quarterback. 

The issue for the Giants will be a mediocre offensive line and an iffy secondary. Until those groups improve, New York isn't going much of anywhere. 

Verdict: The Giants did have a solid offseason — with the NFL Draft being a big reason why — and they're on the right path after having brought in a great head coach and general manager duo. But New York needs to keep adding talent, and Jones probably isn't the answer under center. 

 

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