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Odds to Win the NFC East Feature Wide Open Three-Team Race Heading into Week 17

Odds to win the NFC East and make the playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team and New York Giants.
Odds to win the NFC East and make the playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team and New York Giants. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

The worst division in pro football remains wide open heading into Week 17 of an unprecedented 2020 NFL season.

The Washington Football Team (6-9) can win the division with a road win at Philadelphia (4-10-1). The Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention by the Cowboys, 37-17 in Week 16. The Dallas Cowboys (6-9) would win the division with a victory over the Giants in the Meadowlands and a Washington loss. The New York Giants (5-10) would win the division with a win over the Cowboys and a Washington loss.

The 2020 NFC East has become the worst division in NFL history. Nobody in the division is able to finish the season with more than 7 wins.

But the winner of the division will still get to host a playoff game in the Wild Card round, and FanDuel Sportsbook has NFL playoff odds for each of the three teams still alive in the race for the NFC East title.

Cowboys Playoff Odds

The Cowboys' playoff odds are at +210, and Dallas is a 3-point road favorite at the Giants in Week 17. Dallas loses the tie breaker to Washington if they finish with the same record, as the Football Team swept the Cowboys this season. The Cowboys and first year coach Mike McCarthy have won 3-straight games heading into Week 17. That comes despite Dallas' dreadful defense allowing 390 yard per game and league-worst rush defense allowing 161 yards per game and 5.0 yards per rush.

Giants Playoff Odds

The Giants are now +290 to win the division heading into Week 17. They are the third choice. On Dec. 1, the NFC title odds favored the Giants (+210) over the Eagles (+230). New York was 4-7 at the time, and became a bigger favorite to win the division after upsetting the Seahawks in Seattle 17-12 as an 11-point underdog. Unfortunately, Garrett's play-calling and an injury to QB Daniel Jones has seen the Giants lose three straight games. Jones started Week 16 at Baltimore. New York has lost all three contests by at least two touchdowns, while scoring 7, 6 and 13 points in defeat.

Washington Playoff Odds

Washington (+100) is currently the favorite to win the NFC East. Fortunately for Washington fans and the Football Team, it won't have to worry about QB Dwayne Haskins playing again. Following another dreadful performance in Week 16 against the Panthers that saw Haskins replaced by backup Taylor Heinicke, Washington released Haskins, the team's 2019 first round pick. Quarterback Alex Smith is expected to return from a calf injury and two game absence and start Week 17 at Philadelphia, according to first year head coach Ron Rivera and reports from NFL Network. Washington is a 1-point road favorite in that one.

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