The Philadelphia Eagles come into this season fresh off winning the Super Bowl last year. They are heavily favored to win the conference and heavily favored to win the NFC East.
The Eagles still find themselves in a tough situation that most defending champions do not have to deal with.
Last Season Carson Wentz put up MVP level numbers at QB before getting hurt and missing the remainder of the season.
In his absence, Nick Foles took over and led the team to a Super Bowl championship and won MVP of the Super Bowl as well.
Right now Carson Wentz is not guaranteed to start week one, also you have to wonder if he will be the same? There is a lot of pressure on him to perform well right away, and that also comes with the high expectations of being Super Bowl champions.
Their offense also comes into this year without their leading rusher from last year LeGarrette Blount and their leading receiver Alshon Jeffery is set to miss at least the first six weeks of the season if he remains on the PUP list.
In 2016 the Eagles finished in last place in the NFC east. This made them the fifth team in the last six years to win the NFC east after finishing in last the previous year.
This brings me to the next team I want to discuss, the New York Giants.
The Giants came into last year expecting to compete for a super bowl
In the midst of a slow 0-4 start the Giants lost star WR Odell Beckham for the season to injury. Things continued to go downhill and they fired HC Ben McAdoo before finishing a disappointing 3-13 season.
They wound up with the 2nd overall pick in the draft and used that to take Saquon Barkley.
Saquon is a playmaker and will be expected to do well immediately behind a revived offensive line that features new left tackle Nate Solder. Along with a healthy Odell Beckham, Eli Manning will lead an offense with it’s fair share of talent.
Their defense still has elite level talent as well. Led by Snacks Harrison Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins they are looking to regain the same form that made them thought of as Super Bowl contenders
I think the Giants have a team that can make a quick turnaround like the Eagles did last year. I’m taking the giants to win the NFC East, the Giants over 7 wins, and the Giants to make the playoffs. I’m also taking Philadelphia not to make the playoffs. I think this will be a weird year for them and they will not be able to live up to their high expectations.
Giants over 7 wins -150
Giants win NFC East +500
Giants make the playoffs YES +300
Eagles under 10 wins -105
Eagles make the playoffs NO +275