Sports Betting: Handicapping the NFC East

 

The NFC playoff chase is a muddled mess, and nowhere is this more evident than the NFC East. Simply put, no NFC East team can clinch a playoff spot in Week 16. All three teams (Redskins, Cowboys, and Giants) currently tied for first can win the division, but only Washington and Dallas control their own destiny. The Giants will need help.

 
New York does, however, lock down a playoff spot by winning its final two games. If the Giants lose next week, then the week 17 game between Dallas and Washington will be for first place in the division, regardless of what each team does this weekend.
Here is a breakdown of each team’s odds and what they have to do to win the East:

 
Washington -110 to win the NFC East:
Redskins win the NFC East if:
-Redskins win their last two games OR
-Redskins beat Cowboys in Week 17 and Giants lose in Week 16 or 17.

Dallas +155

Cowboys win the NFC East if:
-Cowboys win their last two games OR
-Cowboys beat Redskins in Week 17 and Giants lose in Week 16 or 17.

New York +400

The Giants win the NFC East if:
-Giants win their last two games AND
-The team that wins the Week 17 Redskins-Cowboys game loses in Week 16

While New York is a long shot to win the division, does it really matter if they do? We’ve seen what they can do, winning the Super Bowl twice in the past five years despite playing at home only once in eight total games. Last year, the Giants were 23-1 to win it all before their opening round game against Atlanta. You won’t be able to get that kind of price this year.