2020 NFL Week 17: Who Will Win the NFC East?
The 2020 NFL season has been very unique, to say the least. Usually, the last week of the regular season is meaningless with many teams out of the playoff race or superstars resting. But not this year. The NFC East may not have produced the best football this season, but they have yet to crown a champion. The sportsbooks have put out the latest odds on the race for the division and the NFL put out the schedule. With three teams left in the race, it all comes down to Week 17. So there is only one question that remains, who will win the NFC East?
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NFC East Week 17 Schedule
The NFL did a great job of maneuvering the schedule to exploit the race in this division. Before you look at the schedule, check out the other NFL Week 17 Best Bets.
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
Odds: Cowboys -2.5 [BET NOW]
The playoff implications for this early game is enormous and simple. The loser of this game is out and the winner of this game will have a chance to go to the playoffs. These teams have had to deal with injuries and changes at quarterback, but this rivalry game will decide the team that has a chance to advance for a chance to play in the postseason.
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Odds: Philadelphia -1 [BET NOW]
The NFL flexed this game to the Sunday night football game for a good reason. The Washington Football team needs to win to make the playoffs. But it’s won’t be easy. Washington will play on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they would love to eliminate Washington.
Who Will Win the NFC East?
New York Giants
How do they get in? Win and get in with a Washington loss
Odds to win the NFC East +300
The Giants are a good team defensively, but they have big problems on the offensive side of the ball.
QB Daniel Jones is hurt and that cuts down on his mobility, which is a big part of his game. The Giants average only 17 points a game with the Jets being the only team with a worse average in the NFL. In Sunday’s loss to Baltimore, it was the fourth consecutive game when the Giants scored three or fewer points in the first half.
Washington Football Team
How do they get in? Win and get in, or lose and get out
Odds to win the NFC East -110
Washington has the best defense out of all of the teams left in the race, led by superstar rookie Chase Young. It’s the offense that is having a tough time winning games. QB Dwayne Haskins had a miserable game against Carolina and his days in Washington may be over. He was replaced by Taylor Heinicke who finished his day with 12 completions on 19 attempts, 137 yards, and a touchdown, but most of that was in mop-up time. This offense needs a healthy Alex Smith and leading up to game time, things are looking better and better.
From NFL Now: More positive signs for Washington QB Alex Smith. pic.twitter.com/s3BakSfWtG
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2021
The Eagles also have personnel changes going into the final game of the NFL regular season.
REPORT: @Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) and RB Miles Sanders (knee) both not expected to play Sunday vs @WashingtonNFL pic.twitter.com/ALg9LLRYyO
— The Fantasy Source 🔮🏈 (@FantasySource_) January 1, 2021
How do they get in? Win or tie and get in with a Washington loss
Odds to win the NFC East +200
It may have been against the Eagles and a bruised up secondary, but Andy Dalton has this offense clicking. Even Ezekiel Elliot looked inspired to run the football again. Dalton threw for 586 yards and five touchdowns over the last two games by utilizing the talented trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. The Cowboys won the third game in a row with the win over the Eagles and if you are looking to ride the hot hand, it’s the Cowboys. The Cowboys, however, do have some bad news heading into this weekend.
#Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told reporters the team will work virtually today and that they are in extended COVID-19 protocols. They had a player test positive, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2021
And the winner is…………
The Giants have played inspired football under Joe Judge, but they just don’t have the offense to keep it close against the Cowboys. The Cowboys will beat the Giants in a close game.
Philadelphia will not lay down on Sunday night. Jalen Hurts is playing to prove he should be the starter next season and all of the coaches are playing for their jobs. No one wants to be embarrassed on national television, especially at home. Washington is a good team, playing for an incredible coach, but this pressure will be too much for this team. The Eagles will pull off the upset on Sunday and the NFC East division winners will be the Dallas Cowboys.