We have passed the midway point in the 2020 NFL season and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. Here is a look at the odds and projections for how the NFC East is going to play out.
- Record: 3-4-1
- Odds to Win Division: -335
The Philadelphia Eagles sit atop the worst division in football. QB Carson Wentz has managed to stay healthy all year, a big feat for him. He has been horribly inaccurate to this point, however. Wentz is averaging a career-worst 58.4% completion percentage and has thrown 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. That leaves Philly with the third-worst completion percentage and sixth-fewest passing yards on the year. Philadelphia’s offensive line certainly has not helped, Wentz has been sacked more than any other QB this year. Couple that with a middle-of-the-road defense and it is simply amazing they have won even three games.
Washington Football Team
- Record: 2-6
- Odds to Win Division: +600
What is going on in Washington? Head coach Ron Rivera took over and promptly demoted young QB Dwayne Haskins. Former Panther Kyle Allen got the nod initially but was replaced by Alex Smith. Smith put up impressive numbers, 325 yards on 75% completions, but made three huge mistakes leading to a three-point loss last week against the Giants. Wideout Terry McLaurin puts up big numbers no matter who is under center. The Team did win their first game against the Eagles and they play in week 17 so there is a chance it comes down to the final matchup.
- Record: 2-7
- Odds to Win Division: +850
Blame injuries all you want to, but the Cowboys were 1-4 before Dak Prescott went down for the season. Ezekiel Elliott has not reached 100 yards rushing in any game and is tied with a host of inexpensive backs for 7th in rushing touchdowns. Additionally, he is only averaging 3.8 yards per carry and that is trending down. The reality that this team has drastically underperformed will be lost in the fact that Prescott could not play. Andy Dalton will return as the starter next week against the Vikings but has not looked great in the three games he played before suffering a concussion. Dallas also gives the ball away more than any other team and has the worst turnover margin in the league. Though, all four NFC East teams are in the bottom 5 in giveaways.
New York Giants
- Record: 2-7
- Odds to Win Division: +1000
Losing a player like Saquon Barkley for the year is obviously going to affect any team. The Giants need all the help they can get to take the pressure off of Daniel Jones. The one thing New York has going for them is their defense. Easily the best in the division, they are top-ten in rushing yards allowed and takeaways per game. If they just get something out of Jones, who currently has 8 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, they still have a shot to win the division.
The Eagles are the current favorite, but this division is still wide open. At this point, I do not trust any one of these teams. As it stands now, I will put my faith in the fact that Alex Smith will improve each week, and Washington will end up with a losing record but hosting a playoff game at home. God help this worthless division.
*Odds via Draftkings