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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott leads a Dallas team again with great expectations.

Stop us if you've heard this before: the Dallas Cowboys are the odds-on favorites to win the NFC East.

DraftKings slates the Cowboys at +130, and for good reason.

A healthier Dak Prescott returns as the best quarterback among this oft-struggling set of squads. Ezekiel Elliott is expected to bounce back from a sub-par season running the ball. Tony Pollard adds depth in the backfield.

Still, the Cowboys lost some key pieces in wide receiver Amari Cooper and edge rusher Randy Gregory.

FrontPageBets takes a swing in separating the good from the bad in this black-and-blue division.

Departures aside, Dallas was able to retain important assets, including wideout Michael Gallup and tight end Dalton Schultz. They brought in pass-catcher James Washington. Also back are defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, safety Jayron Kearse and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.

That should give the Cowboys enough to take care of business in the East.

The Philadelphia Eagles (+160) could challenge if quarterback Jalen Hurts takes better care of the football and makes fewer poor choices. The offense will be bolstered by the acquisition of receiver A.J. Brown, who joins a talented cast that includes DeVonta Smith. Adding pass rusher Haason Reddick is a huge pickup as is Georgia draftee linebacker Nakobe Dean. Should take some heat off an overtaxed secondary.  

Carson Wentz takes over under center for the Washington Commanders (+500). His uneven play thus far in his career has been confounding and the Commanders can't afford more of that. Free agency brought guards Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner and not a whole lot more. Top draft pick receiver Jahan Dotson out of Penn State is a keeper. Second-round pick defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis out of Alabama fills a need.  

The New York Giants (+900) are sticking with Daniel Jones at quarterback and got better through the draft. Leading the way is edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux out of Oregon. The second first-round pick, Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal, is a boost up front. So are acquisitions Mark Glowinski, Jon Feliciano and Mark Garcia. Coach Brian Daboll can count on running back Saquon Barkley as he reconstructs this fractured franchise. 

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Gerry Ahern is senior content editor for FrontPageBets. A 35-year veteran sports editor and digital media executive, he has led coverage of the biggest events in sports, from Super Bowls, to Final Fours, to Olympics, to the Masters.


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