NFL Betting: The NFC East’s 4 X-Factors

The NFC East is always one of the most heated divisions in the NFL and this season figures to be no exception as any team in this division could win it all. Here is a look at the players/coaches that could help decide who claims the East in the NFC.

Dallas Cowboys – Bill Callahan, Offensive Line Coach

Callahan has been told by owner Jerry Jones he will assume some of the play-calling responsibility from head coach Jason Garrett, whose selections at certain times have been suspect – to say the least. Football betting fans know that Callahan has been the coordinator under Garrett, but he had no power to call plays; now he can make an impact in that respect and he should be able to improve the Dallas running game, which was 31st in the league last season.

New York Giants – David Wilson, Running Back

The Giants let go of Ahmad Bradshaw to give more work to former first-round pick David Wilson, an electrifying back who is a menace in the special-teams department. It’s a risky thing to do, releasing a player that has run for over 1,000 in two of the last three years, but the Giants are betting on Wilson to be the big-play guy they have been looking for. If Andre Brown can stay healthy, the Giants could have a deadly one-two punch in the backfield, but the man they’re really looking at is Wilson, who can break out for a touchdown every time he touches the ball.

Philadelphia Eagles – The Entire Offensive Line

While the critics were out in full force for Michael Vick, there are a number of people that understand he wasn’t going to have success if he was running for his life for most of the game. The Eagles gave up 48.0 sacks in 2012, and that causes your quarterbacks to hear footsteps, which means getting rid of the ball too early or simply being inaccurate with your passing. Jason Peters and first-round pick Lane Johnson are going to get a lot of attention at the tackles, but the rest of the line has to step up as well, especially in Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense.

Washington Redskins – Brian Orakpo, Linebacker

The Redskins were all about Robert Griffin III at quarterback and Alfred Morris at running back as the rookies carried Washington on the NFL betting lines. However, they can’t play on both sides of the ball. The defense was brutal last year, finishing 28th in total offense and they had just 32.0 sacks. A lot of that came down to Orakpo, the pass-rush specialist who posted 29.0 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, but played just two games last year because of a torn pectoral. If he can get back to his past former, the Redskins will have a solid rush on the edges with Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, who has 16.0 sacks in his first two seasons. That takes pressure off the secondary, which was left in coverage for far too long often in 2012.

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