For the second straight year, the Dallas Cowboys are the offseason champions in the NFC East, but we'll see if it translates to wins on the field. Last year, everyone hyped up the Cowboys roster, and they finished second behind Philadelphia. The Eagles added some key pieces but still have some massive holes to overcome if they hope to win the division. Both New York and Washington hope to take the next step with their young quarterbacks and new head coaches. Let's take a look at the win totals and see if there's value there.
(Win Totals courtesy of the Westgate's Superbook)
Over 10 -110... Under 10 -110
Offense: The offense is pretty much intact from top to bottom, with small changes to the offensive line and wide receiving corps. Dak Prescott is playing on a franchise tag, and we'll see what happens if he's at all unhappy with his contract situation. Andy Dalton is behind him on a one year deal, but in an ideal world, he doesn't see a meaningful snap. Dallas got lucky that CeeDee Lamb landed in their laps to join Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper at WR. Travis Frederick's retirement leaves a small home at center, and the depth up front is already being tested with starting right tackle La'El Collins dealing with an injury in training camp.
Defense: This side of the ball is a concern, although there have been some changes up front. Free-agent additions Everson Griffen and Dontari Poe will attempt to clog up the middle for the stout linebacking group of Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee, although Gerald McCoy will be missed after his season-ending quad tendon rupture. The real issues come in the secondary, where it looks like Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie will start at cornerback with Jourdan Lewis and rookie Trevon Diggs behind them. There could be a lot of high-scoring games in Dallas' future.
Schedule note: Even though there will be extra time to prepare, I think the Week 14 road game against the Bengals could be a flat spot. It comes after a road game at Baltimore and before a home tilt with the 49ers.
Prediction: Solid number, as I think Dallas picks up 10 wins.
Over 6.5 +115... Under 6.5 -135
Offense: We'll see what Daniel Jones can do with a year under his belt. In an ideal world, the Giants lean on Saquon Barkley and become a ball-control offense that keeps the ball away from their opponents. Dion Lewis backs up Barkley and provides a veteran presence in the backfield. The wide receivers are underwhelming outside of Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. Golden Tate is a cagey veteran, but how much does he have in the tank? The team drafted several offensive linemen to shore up that area, which has been a glaring issue in recent seasons.
Defense: This is where the problems begin. The secondary is very exploitable, although Jabrill Peppers has been a nice addition since being a part of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade with Cleveland. We'll see what rookie Xavier McKinney can do in the secondary. The linebackers are led by Blake Martinez, who comes over from Green Bay. Up front, there's some talent to build around as Dexter Lawrence joins Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams. They'll need to get pressure on quarterbacks because if given time, teams will slice up the DBs.
Schedule note: The Giants have two home "Monday Night Football" games, as they host the Steelers Week 1 and the Buccaneers in Week 8. They close out the slate with three of their final four at home.
Prediction: I wish I could find seven wins to take advantage of the over price, but I only came up with six.
Over 9.5 EVEN... Under 9.5 -120
Offense: The defending NFC East champs are hoping the potential track team that they drafted will help spruce up a mediocre wide receiver corps. DeSean Jackson still has his speed but needs to stay healthy. He scored two touchdowns against Washington last year in his only game played. Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, and John Hightower join Greg Ward and the disappointing JJ Arcega-Whiteside at wideout. Running back Miles Sanders should see plenty of work with Boston Scott and Corey Clement his backups. The offensive line lost Brandon Brooks to an offseason injury, but re-signed veteran Jason Peters to play right guard. This means that 2019 first-rounder Andre Dillard will take over at left tackle.
Defense: The biggest changes came here as cornerback Darius Slay was acquired from Detroit (and then signed to a contract extension) to lock down half the field. Slay's counterpart will be an issue whether it's Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, or Rasul Douglas. Malcolm Jenkins left in free agency so Jalen Mills will try to convert from corner to safety. If that doesn't work out, then you've got Will Parks and rookie K'Von Wallace who could step in. The defensive line got a lot stronger with Javon Hargrave's addition at defensive tackle. The Eagles need more from their ends, as Derek Barnett has been a disappointment. This team also has the worst group of linebackers in the league, but they've never worried about it before.
Schedule note: There are two potential flat spots for Philly. They host the Giants on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 7 between home tilts with the Ravens and Cowboys. And then there's the road trip to Arizona around Christmas that comes between a home matchup with the Saints and a road game at Dallas.
Prediction: Lean to the under here. The holes at linebacker and wide receiver are concerning, but they are the only coaching staff in this division that didn't change significantly, which should help during this odd offseason.
Over 5 -130... Under 5 -110
Offense: It could be a rough year on this side of the ball. Dwayne Haskins Jr. is learning a new system and isn't a guarantee to start Week 1, with Alex Smith getting healthy and Kyle Allen already familiar with head coach Ron Rivera. The loss of Derrius Guice won't hurt as much as people think, with Adrian Peterson leading a committee featuring rookie Antonio Gibson as well as Bryce Love, Peyton Barber, and J.D. McKissic. The wide receivers are very mediocre behind Terry McLaurin, with Kelvin Harmon already lost to an ACL injury. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are gone, so someone will have to step up at tight end.
Defense: Adding No. 2 overall pick Chase Young to an already strong defensive line is almost unfair. Montez Sweat, Daron Payne, and Jonathan Allen are pretty stout, with Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle providing depth. Ryan Kerrigan and Thomas Davis Sr. are solid veterans at linebacker to go with Cole Holcomb, who had a good season last year. The secondary is exploitable, as Kendall Fuller returns from Kansas City. Landon Collins and Sean Davis is a respectable safety duo. The biggest addition was Jack Del Rio, as their previous defensive coordinator was rather awful.
Schedule note: Starting Thanksgiving, Washington has consecutive road games at Dallas, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. Right now, Washington is a combined 35-point underdog in those contests.
Prediction: Push on the 5 wins, but that includes a victory over Dallas at home. If you think that doesn't happen, then take the under.
— Written by Matt Josephs, who is a part of the Athlon Sports Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @MidMajorMatt.