NFC East tighter than any division top to bottom

With the NFL season starting in four days, teams are making their final preparations to jump out of the gate running.

The NFC East is expected to be one of the league most competitive divisions in football, with very little if any gap between the first place team and the fourth place team.

Odds makers such as topbet, betonline, and Bovada were giving at one time 8 to 1 odds on every team in the NFC East to be Super Bowl Champs, not a bad thing, to have those odds for the Cowboys, Redskins, Giants and Eagles.

All four teams have positive attributes, with most being on the offense. Even Philadelphia, with Michael Vick again calling the signals under center, is an interesting betting proposition.

With new head coach Chip Kelly putting into place an up-tempo offense, the Eagles, could surprise many if Vick can hold onto the ball.

Each team has a legitimate shot to be crowned NFC East champion. The past four seasons have seen each of the four teams in the division, win a division title, with the most recent being the 2012 Washington Redskins.

However, over the past three straight seasons, only the team to win the division has qualified for the postseason, which is due to parity in the division and no one team dominating their divisional games.

Most odds makers and online sportsbooks reflect the feeling that the division is an open race. Currently the Giants are favored to win the division with 7 to 5, while the Redskins and Cowboys are both at 9 to 5, with the long shot going to the Eagles at only 4 to 1.

As of now, the Eagles have more bets in their favor to win the NFC East than any of their other division rivals.

Some are backing the Cowboys and must have confidence Dallas has found a way to defeat Washington, as they lost both meetings against the Redskins last season.

Those betting on Washington have to feel that Robert Griffin III will return from his knee surgery and lead them to victory. As of this morning, the win total for Washington was still on 7.5 with some decent plays for the OVER.

The win total for New York was 9, with Dallas at 8 and Philadelphia 7.

Just two games are separating the four teams from the top to the bottom in the NFC East in win totals and no other division in the NFL is packed so tightly as this one.

Prediction: Dallas 11-5, division champs.