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NFL 2011 Preview: NFC East Predictions

Written by Matt Stevens   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 09:12

NFL 2011 Betting PreviewThe Philadelphia Eagles made some interesting, and even questionable, signings during the shortened free agency period last week. The New York Giants managed to retain their defensive strength when they signed Mathias Kiwanuka to a deal before losing him to free agency. But the instability in all of the NFC East teams has sports betting football fans wondering what will happen in the NFC East when the season comes to an end.

Dallas Cowboys – Predicted finish: First
The Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants will fight it out for the NFC East title as they always have, but the Cowboys seem to have an edge. The Cowboys released veteran wide receiver Roy Williams and running back Marion Barber prior to the free agency period, but they retain the core of what could be a very good offense. Offensive tackle Doug Free did not leave Dallas during free agency and tight end Jason Witten remains as the anchor for the entire offensive unit. Online casino football fans will finally get to see what the wide receiver tandem of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant is truly capable of.

The one thing that will prevent the Cowboys from running away with the NFC East is their suspect defensive secondary.

Philadelphia Eagles – Predicted finish: Second
The Eagles made some good moves in free agency, some questionable ones and still have one important issue to resolve before the season starts. Signing cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will bolster the Eagles’ defensive secondary regardless of what happens with veteran cornerback Asante Samuel. But bringing on Vince Young as the backup to Michael Vick could be an issue for the Eagles. Young wants to be a starter and he is at the point in his career where he should be a starter. He could be a disruptive element to head coach Andy Reid and starting quarterback Michael Vick that could tear the Eagles apart.

Wide receiver Desean Jackson is holding out on training camp for more money. Jackson’s contract only pays the star receiver $565,000 as the final year of his four-year rookie contract. While many fans would agree that Jackson deserves more, holding out of camp is not going to solve his problems. If he holds out for 30 days, he loses his free agency status for the end of this season and has to wait another year before he can be a free agent. He is also getting fined $30,000 a day for each day he holds out, according to the new collective bargaining agreement.

New York Giants – Predicted finish: Third
If you bet Eagle games, then you follow the NFC East and know the story of the New York Giants. Giants’ fans cannot stop holding their breath until the final game of the season because the Giants have found a way to miss the playoffs the last two years in a row. After fantastic starts to the previous two seasons, the Giants blew it in the second half of the year to miss out on post season play. The same coaches and players are in place that let it happen the last two years, so fans should expect the same results this year.

Washington Redskins – Predicted finish: Fourth
Something awful happened to head coach Mike Shanahan when he got the Washington Redskins’ coaching job. He lost his senses and divided his team into several segments. The betonline reviews of Shanahan’s performance to this point show a team in shambles with no starting quarterback and no defensive cohesiveness. It is going to be a long season in the nation’s capitol.

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