When it comes to All-Star games, the NFL’s Pro Bowl may be the most unwatchable because of the lack of hitting and passion from the players that are involved. Good thing we can bet on the games otherwise it would be pretty hard to watch.
The 63rd edition of the event in Hawaii takes place on Sunday, and it could be the last if it continues to receive a lackluster audience. The NFC is favored by a point in Hawaii and the total of 83.5 shouldn’t surprise anyone, given the lack of defense that played in this game.
AFC vs NFC
Odds: NFC -1
How The AFC Can Win
The AFC enters this game as a 1-point underdog after winning two of the last three editions of the Pro Bowl, and Houston leads the way with six players named to the team. Denver’s Peyton Manning will be making his 12th appearance in the game as the starting quarterback, but the favorite for the regular-season MVP award would likely trade this for a chance to play in next week’s Super Bowl. Denver teammate Champ Bailey will also be making his 12th appearance in the Pro Bowl. The AFC will not have the services of New England’s Tom Brady, who has decided to skip the game and he’ll be replaced by Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, a solid candidate for the league’s Rookie of the Year award and this will be the first of many Pro Bowls for the former Stanford star and No.1 overall pick.
How The NFC Can Win
Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers will lead the NFC out on Sunday as the starting quarterback, and he’ll be joined by alternates Drew Brees of New Orleans and Eli Manning of the New York Giants as Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Washington’s Robert Griffin III are both injured. There will also be a major focus on RB Adrian Peterson of Minnesota after finishing nine yards short of the NFL single-season rushing record and he basically carried the Vikings to the playoffs singlehandedly, on offense anyway. The San Francisco 49ers led the NFC with nine selections to the Pro Bowl, but none of those players will be on the field on Sunday as they have to prepare for the Super Bowl in two weeks, so expect to see a lot of replacements in Hawaii.
Outlook & Prediction
The point totals for the Pro Bowl have been going up over the years and last year’s 59-41 win for the AFC may have spelled the end of the Pro Bowl as no one wants to hurt their fellow competitor with a hit over the middle. The rules in the game are geared towards the offense, but players are really only there for the free trip to Hawaii, and many players don’t show up at all. Expect to see much of the same on Sunday as there won’t be a lot of hard hitting or defense played. NFL betting players should take the over in what could be the last Pro Bowl we ever see.
Pick: Over 83.5