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Coming Off 4-Win Season, Oddsmakers Establish Cowboys as NFC East Favorite

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 08: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys congratulates wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 after the Cowboys scored a touchdown during the 1st quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Welcome to the NFC East, where a 4-win team can be the odds-on favorite to win the division.

    Sure enough, the Cowboys – coming off last year’s 4-12 disaster – have been established as the team to beat in the NFC East in 2016. Thanks to the return of quarterback Tony Romo, the expected healthy production of Dez Bryant and the drafting of running back Ezekiel Elliott, Las Vegas oddsmakers are expecting the Cowboys to be better than three division foes and a couple rookie head coaches.

    According to several online betting sites, the Cowboys have 20-1 odds of winning Super Bowl 51. The Giants and new coach Ben McAdoo are at 25-1, the Redskins and their 28th-ranked defense are 40-1 and the Eagles – with new coach Doug Pederson and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz – come in at a whopping 50-1.

    What does it mean in May? Absolutely nothing. But come December, one of those teams will be NFC Champs.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.