NFC East Update: Why does Vegas like Cowboys more than Redskins?

The Redskins lost a heartbreaker in Kansas City, but if the team's performance over their last two games indicates their hopes for the season, the playoffs look to be in sight.

At 2-2, Washington remains a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, though the Burgundy and Gold are tied with the Cowboys. The Giants continue to find new lows, dropping to a shocking 0-4. 

Perhaps the most bizarre twist of the early season is that betting markets remain higher on Dallas than they are the Redskins. released odds earlier this week that had the Eagles the favorite to win the division, the Cowboys second and the Redskins in third. 


On the surface, the Redskins and Cowboys look similar. Both have two wins and two losses and have scored just over 90 points for the season. Dig a little deeper, however, and Washington's wins are much more impressive. The Redskins beat the Rams on the road, a team Dallas lost to at home. The Cowboys other win also came at home against the struggling Giants. The Redskins thumped the Raiders at home, and nearly beat the Chiefs on the road. 

The Redskins defense has been far more impressive than the Cowboys, and both offenses appear capable of moving the ball. Injuries do appear to be mounting up for Washington, and perhaps oddsmakers are weighing that heavily. 

Here is the NFC East update:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1, 1-0 NFC East) - The Eagles strong start to the season continued with a narrow win on the road against the Chargers in Week 4. Philly has the best point differential in the division at +11. Up next: Arizona
  2. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, 1-0 NFC East) - Coming off a tough home loss to the Rams, the Cowboys remain ahead of the 'Skins due to their division win in Week 1 over the Giants. Working with a negative point differential, the dominant Dallas run game of 2016 ranks in the middle of the pack so far in 2017 at 14th with 114 yards-per-game. Up next: Green Bay
  3. Washington Redskins (2-2, 0-1 NFC East) - Moral victories don't help in the playoff race. The Redskins have a top 10 rush game and a positive point differential, with an important week of rest to get healthy. Up next: Bye
  4. New York Giants (0-4, 0-2 NFC East) - Hard to believe but it already seems the Giants are out of the playoff race. New York would need to run off a number of wins, which will be tough to pull off given the current state of their offense. The Giants are 31st in the league in both rush yards per game and points per game. Up next: Chargers


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