AFC vs. NFC Point Spread: NFL Pro Bowl Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 22, 2019

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You thought there was no NFL action this week ahead of Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3? Wrong! It’s the annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl on Sunday from Orlando.

AFC
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January 27, 2019, 3:00 PM ET
Camping World Stadium
NFC
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Pointspread 0 -115
Over / Under o +55.5

51%

Betting Action

49%

Pointspread 0 -105
Over / Under u +55.5

51%

Betting Action

49%

Let’s just be honest here: The AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is largely a waste of time and easily the least competitive All-Star Game when compared with that of the NHL, NBA or Major League Baseball. Obviously, those leagues have a huge advantage with so many regular-season games that they can take a midseason break to honor their best players in an exhibition. The NFL simply shut down for two weeks as no players would want to play in the Pro Bowl for fear of injury.

2019 Pro Bowl Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Since 2010, the Pro Bowl has been played the weekend before the Super Bowl, and this is the third straight year it’s being held from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. Players from the Super Bowl teams don’t participate. From 2013-15, the Pro Bowl featured captain’s picks/draft instead of conference-by-conference but that didn’t drum up much more interest so it switched back to AFC vs. NFC in 2016.

It should be said that the Pro Bowl does do excellent TV ratings in the USA. Americans love their pro football.

AFC

We rarely get to see the greatest quarterback in NFL history, New England’s Tom Brady, in the Pro Bowl because his Patriots are usually in the Super Bowl as is the case again. Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for a 14th time, tying for the most “appearances” ever. He has been replaced by Houston’s Deshaun Watson. It’s wise to check back daily on which players will pull out due to “injury.” Younger guys enjoy this experience as they get some extra cash (many contracts include Pro Bowl incentives), but most veterans couldn’t care less.

As of now, the biggest AFC star in the game is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who came up just short against the Patriots in the AFC title game. Mahomes is a lock to be named regular-season MVP the night before the Super Bowl. Mahomes’ top receiver, tight end Travis Kelce, is pulling out of the game. The AFC has won the past two Pro Bowls. The AFC coach is the Chargers’ Anthony Lynn.

NFC

The NFC is coached by the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett. It last won the Pro Bowl in 2012 when it was in Hawaii by a record-setting score of 62-35. The New Orleans Saints were totally hosed by a no-call on pass interference in the NFC title game vs. the Rams, and to no surprise some key Saints already have started pulling out of this game, led by quarterback Drew Brees and receiver Michael Thomas. Rams QB Jared Goff was named a Pro Bowler, but he’s busy preparing for the Patriots.

The third NFC QB named to the squad was Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. He’s out too. The three new NFC quarterbacks are the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky and Cowboys’ Dak Prescott. Frankly, only Wilson had a Pro Bowl-calibre season.

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