Eagles are now betting favorites to win NFC East after Week 1
Well, that didn’t take very long. After just one week of NFL action, the Eagles are now the betting favorites to take the NFC East crown.
Per DraftKings Sportsbook, Philly now sits at -150 odds to win the division this year, jumping from +150 during the preseason. Here’s an updated look at the NFC East odds following Week 1.
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Getting a victory in Week 1 — albeit over a rebuilding Lions team — certainly played a role in this boost in odds for Philly, but the injury to Dallas QB Dak Prescott is probably the biggest contributing factor. It’s definitely the main reason Dallas finds themselves at +550 to win the NFC East after opening up as preseason favorites.
The initial timetable for Dak’s return was set at 6-8 weeks following his surgery Monday morning. On Tuesday, news broke that Dallas is hopeful their quarterback will be back under center within four weeks, meaning the injured signal caller will not be placed on IR.
Even when Dak was on the field Sunday night, his Cowboys still looked like the worst team in the division on opening weekend. Their offensive line is beat up, the receiving corps looks lost without Amari Cooper, and aside from Micah Parsons, Dallas’ defense doesn’t have any gamechangers.
Dallas is dead in the water and we’re just one game into the season. You love to see it.
As for New York and Washington, while they both put together solid performances in Week 1 and walked away victorious, it’s still too early to label either team as true contenders for the division. The betting odds reflect that.
Carson Wentz looked fine in his Commanders debut, tossing four touchdowns, but we’ve seen that movie before. I’ll give it until Week 5 before Washington fans start calling for Taylor Heinicke.
In New York, Brian Daboll’s head coaching debut went about as well as you could have hoped if you’re a Giants fan. And hey, Saquon Barkley looks like he still has some juice left; can’t complain about that.
But the sad reality for Giants’ nation is that they’re going to have a backup quarterback under center for them all season. Daniel Jones isn’t the answer and while Daboll may be able to scheme his way to a few victories in 2022, aspirations for a division title are still a ways away.
Not only have the Eagles jumped to the betting favorites for the division, Vegas seems to believe Philly has a real shot at reaching the Super Bowl this season.
Updated look at the Eagles NFC/Super Bowl odds, via DraftKings Sportsbook
|Odds to win the NFC||Odds to win the Super Bowl|
|+600 (T-3rd)||+1600 (7th)|
We’re only one game into the season, so I’m not going to sit here and tell you to start bankrolling the Eagles to win the conference or the Super Bowl. But, if you were high on this team prior to the season, it makes sense to hop on the betting wagon now before the odds go up any further.
The NFL is always a crapshoot, especially in Week 1. How the Eagles performs under the Monday Night lights next week in their home opener against Minnesota will be a better indication on where this team could be heading in 2022.
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