The NFC East finished the 2020 season with no teams posting a winning record. The Washington Football Team – still without a name until 2022, yet looking to repeat – now features Ryan Fitzpatrick, Curtis Samuel, among others. Dallas hopes to have a healthy Dak Prescott for the entire season. Meanwhile, the Giants added pieces, but need healthy bodies to improve last year’s lackluster offense. Philly, meanwhile, has a new head coach and some potential question marks at the quarterback position. So, how do these 2021 updates impact my 2021 NFC East Season Predictions?
A new NFL season means a few renewed traditions at The Wife Hates Sports. First and foremost, it’s THE WIFE releasing an ultra-heavy dose of eye rolls, as she knows the next chunk of months will see the weekends swallowed up by football (both college and pro). Secondly, it’s time for KP’s NFL season predictions, specifically piggybacking off the SportsChump and his annual Over/Under Contest, where you predict the upcoming regular season win totals of NFL teams (by confidence).
Only, this year will feature something new. While I will – and did – complete my top ten over/under win total bets for the 2021 season, I’ll also tackle every team’s record (by division).
Specifically, here are my 2021 NFC East Season Predictions – oh, and don’t forget that the upcoming year has been supersized to seventeen regular season games.
Team – 2021 O/U
- Dallas Cowboys – 9
- Washington Football Team – 8.5
- New York Giants – 7
- Philadelphia Eagles – 6.5
Above features the projections from Vegas, and here are my picks for the NFC East:
2021 NFC East Season Predictions: Over/Under Win Total Bets
Washington Football Team – (8.5 wins – OVER)
Washington was 2nd in total defense last year (304.6 ypg allowed). That was even with gaps in the secondary and at the LB position. Rookie Jamin Davis is a legit ROY candidate. William Jackson III was a fantastic addition in the secondary. Landon Collins returns from injury. The issue was quarterback play and a lack of playmakers on offense. Add in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and late season surprise Taylor Heinicke at the QB position, a clear upgrade over last year’s combo of Dwayne Haskins and a hobbled Alex Smith. Best of all, Washington added speed and playmakers on offense, most notably Curtis Samuel and rookie Dyami Brown. This team has a legit chance to repeat in the NFC East (this time with a winning record).
KP’s Prediction: 10-7 | Confidence: High
Dallas Cowboys – (9 wins – UNDER)
There are rumors regarding Dak Prescott not being healthy and potentially missing time during the regular season. Quarterback depth (and talent) behind him is questionable. So while Dallas returns its three talented WR’s, could there be a QB issue? Honestly, it makes sense for Cam Newton to land here. Also, how will Zeke perform this season? The 26 year-old failed to reach 1,000 rushing yards last year. Micah Parsons is likely to be a star in Dallas (pun intended, I suppose), but the defense overall remains a question mark. Last year’s group was 23rd in total defense. Overall, there are way too many open-ended questions with this team. I don’t trust Mike McCarthy to be able to launch this team to the next level and believe his seat will get hot by the end of the year.
KP’s Prediction: 7-10 | Confidence: Medium
Philadelphia Eagles – (6.5 wins – UNDER)
First question: is Jalen Hurts the long-term answer at QB? Philly recently traded for Gardner Minshew, so who knows. Second question: can the Eagles stay healthy for an entire season? Third question: how will DeVonta Smith’s 6’0”, 185-pound frame hold up in the NFL? Fourth question: how will Nick Sirianni fare? Overall, it was a fairly quiet offseason, considering last year’s 4-11-1 record. Perhaps the Eagles assume a healthy roster will be a significant upgrade. Still, I don’t know what to expect from this team. There is certainly talent and speed, along with a number of physical and fiery players that fit perfectly in Philadelphia. My gut says the 2021 record will be better – just not much better.
KP’s Prediction: 6-11 | Confidence: Low
New York Giants – (7 wins – UNDER)
Adoree’ Jackson joins the secondary, but the biggest offseason splash for the Giants is WR Kenny Golladay. While the talent is there, Golladay has played a full season just one time. He played in just five games last year and already is out 2-3 weeks this month with a hamstring injury. Rookie Kadarius Toney and John Ross add more depth to the WR group. Saquon Barkley is set to return from last year’s ACL injury, but we’ll see how ready he is and if he lasts the entire year. Overall, New York needs a boost to its 31st ranked offense from 2020 (299.6 ypg). In the end, the team’s success falls back on Daniel Jones (11 TD, 10 INT in 2020). Washington is one of the most improved teams this year and they were a team the Giants swept in 2020. Consider that with last year’s 6-10 team, and well… you get the idea.
KP’s Prediction: 5-12 | Confidence: Medium
Who do you have hoisting the NFC East division crown? Chime in via the comments section below and as always, thank you for visiting The Wife Hates Sports!
Recap of all Teams/Divisions for the 2021 NFL Season
- AFC East Preview
- NFC East Preview
- AFC West Preview
- NFC West Preview
- AFC North Preview
- NFC North Preview
- AFC South Preview
- NFC South Preview
- NFL Top Ten Over/Under Win Total Bets
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