Football betting handicappers will have to closely watch the ebb and flow of the season as last year showed the wild volatility that is possible from NFC east teams against the football odds. The Dallas Cowboys were considered one of the front runners to take the divisional title last football betting season but finished 9-7 straight up and an even worse 7-9 against the football odds.
Dallas showed a significant lack of focus and discipline and there is little evidence that there is going to be much of a football betting improvement as Wade Phillips is still the coach. Dallas did part ways with Terrell Owens in an effort to have a more unified locker room for the upcoming football betting season.
The New York Giants looked like a near sure thing to repeat as Super Bowl champions for the first half of the 2008 football betting season but never seemed to recover from the controversy of wide receiver Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub.
This was a classic example of the impact of football betting intangibles. The Giants lost 4 out of their final 5 games including their home playoff debacle against the Philadelphia Eagles after starting the season 11-1. Speaking of the Eagles, they were one of the surprise teams in the league last football betting season.
They were given up for dead after a 7-36 blowout loss at Baltimore that followed a pathetic 13-13 tie at woeful Cincinnati the week before.
But the Eagles went on a strong football betting run of 4-1 both straight up and against the spread which climaxed with a blowout win over Dallas in the season finale to gain the playoffs, where they went all the way to the NFC title game before losing at Arizona.
The Eagles have some age issues on the roster and are a questionable team for 2008 despite their strong finish. The Washington Redskins started off strong in 2008 only to fade badly down the stretch. The question is which Redskin team will show up for 2009.
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