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2020 NFL Division Preview: NFC East

2020 NFL Division Preview: NFC East

Another day, another NFL division preview. As the regular season draws closer, the anticipation for the 2020 season rises and today we take a look at one of the most polarising divisions in the league, the NFC East. 

If you haven’t already, amke sure you go back and check out our other season previews that have already been published. 

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The NFC East proved to be the weakest division in the NFL last season, winning a combined 24 games between the four teams. The Philadelphia Eagles claimed the division title and a playoffs berth with just 9 wins, while all other three division winners in the NFC won 13 games. 

Will the NFC East be a weak division once again in 2020? The New York Giants and Washington Redskins look likely to end the season with a losing record, but can the Eagles or Cowboys surprise? 

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Dallas Cowboys

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 9.5 (-130)
Under 9.5 (+107)

The Cowboys looked like winning the NFC East for the majority of the year last season before they lost four of their last six games including a crucial loss to the Eagles which saw them squander the lead in the division. 

They’ll go into the new season with a brand new coach at the helm in former Green Bay boss Mike McCarthy who will be hoping to extract plenty out of a roster that has largely under-performed so far, given some of the star players it possesses. 

Notable Arrivals: DT Dontari Poe, DL Gerald McCoy, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Notable Departures: CB Byron Jones, WR Randall Cobb, DE Robert Quinn

General Manager Jerry Jones had to pay the big bucks in the off-season to keep Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper but those two players combined with an elite running back in Ezekiel Elliot should keep the Cowboys competitive on offense. 

The Cowboys also strengthened their defense as they switched to a 2-3 with the additions of Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. 

2020 Dallas Cowboys Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Sunday
Sep. 13
at Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Sep. 20
Atlanta FalconsAtlanta FalconsAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 27
at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
Cleveland BrownsAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 11
New York GiantsAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:25pm ETCBS 
Monday
Oct. 19
Arizona CardinalsAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Oct. 25
at Washington RedskinsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 1
at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Nov. 8
Pittsburgh SteelersAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:25pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Nov. 15
 BYE  
Sunday
Nov. 22
at Minnesota VikingsU.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN4:25pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Nov. 26
Washington RedskinsAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:30pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Dec. 3
at Baltimore RavensM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon 
Sunday
Dec. 13
at Cincinnati BengalsPaul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 20
San Francisco 49ersAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX8:20pm ETNBC 
Sunday
Dec. 27
Philadelphia EaglesAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Jan. 3
at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 

The NFC East will play their inter-conference games against the AFC North this season, which is a pretty good result given we expect the Steelers, Browns and the Bengals all to be beatable. That’s about where the positives stop for the Cowboys schedule however. They have extremely tough games within their conference against the likes of the Rams, Seahawks, Vikings and 49ers. 

Prediction

Record: 10-6

A conservative division record for the Cowboys this season would be 4-2, but we think they could easily go 5-1 within the division this season, with their only potential loss coming at Philadelphia. While they do have hard games as mentioned above, games against the Falcons, Browns, Cardinals, Steelers and Bengals should see them get to at least 10 wins. 

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New York Giants

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 6.0 (-125)
Under 6.0 (+103)

Giants fans will be excited entering the first full season with young QB prospect Daniel Jones at the helm after the retirement of Eli Manning at the end of last season. Jones showed glimpses of brilliance last season and fans will want to see more progression out of him this year, but ultimately, it looks to be another year of building for the Giants. 

The Giants finished with a 4-12 record last season and their line for this year has been set at 6 wins. We have them right around that mark, but certainly not over. Star running back Saquon Barkley would have to have a generational year for the Giants to win seven games. 

Notable Arrivals: CB James Bradberry, LB Blake Martinez, LB Kyler Fackrell
Notable Departures: LB Alex Ogletree

The Giants actually made some great moves in the off-season, picking up James Bradberry and Blake Martinez to strengthen the defense while Fackrell was a bargain at just over $4 million for one year. 

2020 New York Giants Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Monday
Sep. 14
Pittsburgh SteelersMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ7:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Sep. 20
at Chicago BearsSoldier Field, Chicago, IL1:00pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Sep. 27
San Francisco 49ersMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
at Los Angeles RamsSoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 11
at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:25pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Oct. 18
Washington RedskinsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Thursday
Oct. 22
at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon 
Monday
Nov. 2
Tampa Bay BuccaneersMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ8:15pm ETESPN 
Sunday
Nov. 8
at Washington RedskinsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 15
Philadelphia EaglesMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 22
 BYE  
Sunday
Nov. 29
at Cincinnati BengalsPaul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 6
at Seattle SeahawksCenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 13
Arizona CardinalsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 20
Cleveland BrownsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Dec. 27
at Baltimore RavensM&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Jan. 3
Dallas CowboysMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 

The Giants defenitely have winnable games on the schedule this season. They’ll be targeting the two games at Washington as well as games against the Bengals and Cardinals where they can really do some damage. 

Prediction

Record: 4-12

There are minimal weeks off when you play in the NFC and the Giants will likely feel the full extent of that this season. They’ll need to win ALL of their winnable games plus cause some big upsets to come close to their six win total. There’s no doubt that they will win one or two games they weren’t supposed, but they’ll also blow some. We have them winning five games max. Back the under. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 9.5 (+110)
Under 9.5 (-134)

The Eagles took out the division title last season with a 9-7 record after winning four of their last five games. Wins over all of their division rivals within those four games helped them storm home for the NFC East title, although they were bounced from the playoffs in the first round. 

The Eagles are the only team in the division who will have the same coach this season and a clean bill of health for QB Carson Wentz will give the fan base some real hope for their chances.

Notable Arrivals: CB Darius Slay, DT Javon Hargrave, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
Notable Departures: S Malcolm Jenkins, RB Jordan Howard, LB Nigel Bradham

One area that needed to improve for the Eagles was the secondary, and it did. GM Howie Roseman traded for cornerback Darius Slay and as well as signing DT Javon Hargrave and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman. 

2020 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

DateOpponentTime/TV
Sunday Sep. 13at Washington RedskinsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Sep. 20Los Angeles RamsLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Sep. 27Cincinnati BengalsLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETCBS
Sunday Oct. 4at San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA8:20pm ETNBC
Sunday Oct. 11at Pittsburgh SteelersHeinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Oct. 18Baltimore RavensLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETCBS
Thursday Oct. 22New York GiantsLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:20pm ETFOX/NFLN/Amazon
Sunday Nov. 1Dallas CowboysLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:20pm ETNBC
Sunday Nov. 8BYE
Sunday Nov. 15at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX
Sunday Nov. 22at Cleveland BrownsFirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH1:00pm ETFOX
Monday Nov. 30Seattle SeahawksLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA8:15pm ETESPN
Sunday Dec. 6at Green Bay PackersLambeau Field, Green Bay, WI4:25pm ETCBS
Sunday Dec. 13New Orleans SaintsLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA4:25pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 20at Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX
Sunday Dec. 27at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:25pm ETFOX
Sunday Jan. 3Washington RedskinsLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETFOX

Both the Cowboys and the Eagles went 5-1 in the division last season and it’s a strong possibility that they do again this season. Four games each against the Giants and Redskins really helps their chances of hitting the over. The Eagles will need to be better than 4-4 on the road this season if they want to reach double digit wins, which could be tough with road games in San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Prediction

Record: 9-7

The line that the sportsbooks have placed the Eagles at is spot on in our opinion. We have them right at the nine game mark, just under their total, but with Wentz’ injury record, this could easily go well under that. 

Washington Redskins

Win Total Over/Under via DraftKings Sportsbook

Over 5.5 (+115)
Under 5.5 (-139)

The Washington Redskins finished last season with a 3-13 record at the bottom of the NFC East. They could be in for another long year, especially given the strength of the NFC as a whole and the fact that the top two teams in their division in Philly and Dallas should improve. 

The Redskins will be under new coach Ron Rivera, who had some success with the Panthers and will be looking to rebuild this Washington roster. Some question marks remain over the starting QB role, but at this stage it looks as though Dwayne Haskins Jr. will get the nod.

Notable Arrivals: CB Kendall Fuller, LB Thomas Davis, S Sean Davis
Notable Departures: CB Quinton Dunbar, CB Josh Norman, G Ereck Flowers

Rivera opted to rebuild through the draft this season, trading down to secure multiple picks in the later rounds. The Washington roster is very young and raw and will no doubt be in rebuild mode this season. Corner-back Kendall Fuller is a nice addition through free agency, however.  

2020 Washington Redskins Schedule

Date OpponentTime/TV 
Sunday
Sep. 13
Philadelphia EaglesFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 20
at Arizona CardinalsState Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ4:05pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Sep. 27
at Cleveland BrownsFirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 4
Baltimore RavensFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Oct. 11
Los Angeles RamsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 18
at New York GiantsMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Oct. 25
Dallas CowboysFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 1
 BYE  
Sunday
Nov. 8
New York GiantsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 15
at Detroit LionsFord Field, Detroit, MI1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Nov. 22
Cincinnati BengalsFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETCBS 
Thursday
Nov. 26
at Dallas CowboysAT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX4:30pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 6
at Pittsburgh SteelersHeinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 13
at San Francisco 49ersLevi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA4:25pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 20
Seattle SeahawksFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETFOX 
Sunday
Dec. 27
Carolina PanthersFedExField, Landover, MD1:00pm ETCBS 
Sunday
Jan. 3
at Philadelphia EaglesLincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA1:00pm ETFOX 

Two games against the Giants and a home game against the Bengals will no doubt be the games that Washington are targeting this year. Outside of those games, a trip to Detroit and a home game against Carolina look to be the best chances at picking up wins. 

Prediction

Record: 3-13

Going to be a long season for the Redskins. A tough schedule in a tough conference only points to them having well under the 5.5 win threshold. The NFC East was the worst division in the league last season and we have three of the four teams going under this year. 

NFC East Division Winner

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With the additions they made through the draft and free agency, as well as keeping the bulk of their high end talent in Prescott, Elliot and Cooper, it certainly looks as though this is the Cowboys division to lose.

What seemed to have been holding them back for years was their coach Jason Garrett. McCarthy should add a fresh set of eyes but the learning curve with the new coach shouldn’t be extreme as the Cowboys have retained offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. we think the Cowboys are good value to win the division at almost even odds. 

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