The NFC East houses the defending Super Bowl champion as the Philadelphia Eagles wear the crown going into the 2018 campaign. The Eagles have the "burden" of trying to defend, but they will do so with a lot of returning talent and some injured stars hungry to get a title of their own. The Cowboys, Redskins and Giants all have intriguing pieces in place, but still have some work to do. Let's take a look at the win totals courtesy of the South Point sportsbook and see if there's any value in the over/under for each team.
Over 8.5 wins -120...Under 8.5 wins EVEN
Offense: With the departures of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, this side of the ball is going to have a new look. The offensive line is still strong and Ezekiel Elliott still mans the running back position. It'll be interesting to see if rookie Bo Scarbrough can carve out a role considering how hard he is to tackle. The question marks reside at WR where it's Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin who are among the many trying to fill Bryant's shoes. Early reports out of training camp say that the offense is struggling to go deep with consistency.
Defense: The defense could be pretty intriguing if pieces stay healthy. Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith have had injury issues in the past while it seems like a revolving door of suspensions for someone on the defensive line. If Randy Gregory can stay away from off-the-field problems, then he could be a nice addition up front. Cornerbacks Byron Jones, Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie could be a solid trio, but are all pretty young. It'll be interesting to see how much work first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch gets at linebacker.
Verdict: The team closes with four home contests over the last six weeks. The problem is that Dallas has a tremendously tough slate with home games against Jacksonville and New Orleans and road tilts at Seattle and Atlanta besides the usual divisional contests. This squad screams 8-8 so there's no reason why the under isn't worth a look especially at this price.
Over 7 wins -130...Under 7 wins +110
Offense: Saquon Barkley gives the Giants a legitimate running back and takes a little bit of heat off Eli Manning. The problem is that their offensive line is still pretty poor outside of the addition of left tackle Nate Solder. Ereck Flowers is still a turnstile, which makes things a lot more difficult and probably means Eli Manning will be running for his life against any defense that has a decent pass rush. Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram are really good weapons with Sterling Shepard being one of the better slot guys in the league. If the line can block even a smidge better, then this side of the ball will be fine.
Defense: The addition of linebacker Alec Ogletree helps big time. Still, the front line will have to get more pressure. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson only accounted for 2.5 sacks in 2017 so that's got to change. We shall see what talented cornerback Eli Apple can do after a weird year for him last season. Fellow corner Janoris Jenkins had some ankle issues in the past so he needs to stay healthy. There's not a lot of help behind these two. Landon Collins continues to rise in the eyes of the rest of the league at safety.
Verdict: The Giants are everyone's pick to be the surprise of the division and the league coming up. Barkley, Engram and Beckham are going to be hard to slow down, but can the shaky line do its part? It's a very tough start to their year with road trips to Dallas, Houston, Carolina and Atlanta and home games against the Jaguars, Saints and Eagles. I think this team has the potential to win between seven and nine games so no play.
Over 10.5 wins EVEN...Under 10.5 wins -120
Offense: Whether it's Carson Wentz or Nick Foles, the offense is in good hands. It's a good problem for the organization to have although Wentz has stated he believes he will be ready for Week 1. The backfield is going to feature a three-headed monster of Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles, who is playing one more season before calling it quits. Even at his age, Sproles is still an elite weapon at getting open on third down. Mike Wallace comes over from Baltimore to replace Torrey Smith while Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor remain out wide. It'll be interesting to see how first-round pick Dallas Goedert gets used along with fellow tight end Zach Ertz.
Defense: The front line is the best in football and added Haloti Ngata and Michael Bennett to the mix. Brandon Graham is playing for a contract while Derek Barnett is building off a fantastic rookie season. The linebacking corps needs Jordan Hicks to be healthy as he's one of the best when he can stay on the field. The problem is that the depth behind him and Nigel Bradham is subpar. The Eagles also are blessed with a multitude of cornerbacks and probably the best safety duo in football in Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. Philly had Sidney Jones on the sideline almost all year last year and he was considered the best corner in the 2017 draft.
Verdict: It's very hard to repeat, but the pieces are in place for Philadelphia to do so… at least in the division. Complacency will be the biggest enemy and that may not be as bad considering the key players who didn't suit up in the playoffs last year. I think this is a 10- or 11-win team so the over at this price is worth a look.
Over 7 wins EVEN...Under 7 wins -120
Offense: The Skins took a big hit early in the preseason when they lost Derrius Guice to a torn ACL. The running back position will now be a committee it seems with Chris Thompson, Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine among those vying for carries. This puts a little bit more on Alex Smith, who comes over to attempt to fill the shoes of Kirk Cousins. Everything Smith does will be compared to what Cousins accomplished the previous few years. A lot will depend on how many games Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed play as both are injury-prone. Paul Richardson and Jamison Crowder are integral players as well.
Defense: This group has potential to be very good if everyone stays healthy. This side of the ball was very good early in training camp. Up front the Redskins are hoping the Alabama boys Jonathan Allen and Da'Ron Payne will hold up against the run. The linebackers are talented with Zach Brown back to help out Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith. It's an important season for top cornerback Josh Norman who is getting paid a lot of money and isn't putting up the numbers the team had hoped. Norman needs to be a playmaker in the few opportunities he gets to make interceptions. Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has some pieces to use so we'll see what he does with them.
Verdict: Not enough talk is going towards this team that I think could be just as good of a sleeper as the Giants. The hit at running back will hurt, but having a savvy veteran QB in Smith should help fill the void. Washington hosts Green Bay, Atlanta, Indianapolis and Houston meaning some good quarterbacks are coming to FedEx Field. The Redskins' win total seems a bit low so I think the over is worth a look here as they could finish second in the division.
-- Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Josephs prefers non-Power 5 college football and may be the only one wagering on the Sun Belt. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.