NFL preseason odds have the Washington Redskins as a long shot in the division while the Philadelphia Eagles are something of a football gambling enigma.
The Dallas Cowboys look to be peaking at the right time as they finished strong in 2009 to finish 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the spread and won a playoff game at Cowboys Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles before being blown out of the post season at Minnesota.
Dallas has developed a well balanced team as head coach Wade Phillips has taken a more active role with the improved and more aggressive defense while Tony Romo is hitting his prime as a quarterback. Dallas is playing with more maturity and is a solid choice to win the NFC East, at the very least.
The New York Giants have had quite a fall since their epic Super Bowl win over New England in February of 2008 but they could be a team that is undervalued entering the year. The Giants finished just 8-8 straight up in 2009 and covered just 6 games against the spread.
The defense was so bad that head coach Tom Coughlin had to change coordinators and improvement is expected. Eli Manning is an elite quarterback but too much was placed on him last year. If the Giants can better diversify the offense and tighten up the defense they may be a valuable commodity with the football odds in 2010.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins are linked by more than their division this year as long time Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb is now a Redskin.
Philadelphia finished 11-5 straight up and 9-7 against the spread before their playoff debacle in Dallas while Washington hit rock bottom at 4-12 straight up and 6-8-2 against the spread.
Mike Shanahan returns to coaching after a year off to lead the Redskins after a highly successful run at Denver. But the Redskins still have the problem of having to re-tool in too many areas, which is why they are a post season long shot with the NFL preseason odds. Owner Dan Snyder’s meddling is yet another habitual concern.
Coach Andy Reid commands respect in Philadelphia but the Eagles crash and burn finish and new quarterback do not inspire confidence with gamblers.