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NFL Betting - Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders Battle Years After Retirement as Alumni Team Captains in the Pro Bowl

Football Odds and Spreads

Team Rice and Team Sanders will collide at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI on Sunday, January 26 at 7:30 PM ET for the first Pro Bowl in the new draft style format.

The NFL betting showdown will be broadcast live on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth behind the microphones.

In recent years, the Pro Bowl has turned into a joke. As a result, the NFL has decided to shake up this NFL betting match-up dubbing Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders as alumni team captains, responsible for drafting their team for coaches Chuck Pagano and Ron Rivera from a collection of the game’s best players.

The Pro Bowl has traditionally been a high scoring affair, with 97 total points last year in the NFC’s 62-35 victory. It is hard to tell if the new format will inspire a different style of play, but it is reasonable to expect the high scoring to continue as offense is normally the name of the game in Hawaii.

This new format provides some interesting match-ups. For Team Sanders, quarterback Andrew Luck will be the starter under center, but he’ll have to deal with fellow Colts’ teammate outside linebacker Robert Mathis playing against him as a first team player on the Team Rice defense.

For Team Rice, on offense, it will be somewhat familiar territory for first string quarter back Drew Brees who will have Saints teammates and offensive guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs protecting him. He will also have his favorite offensive weapon, Jimmy Graham, at his disposal from the tight end position. That familiarity gives him a distinct advantage and with LeSean McCoy as his lead back and a receiving corps of Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery, Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall, he’ll have plenty of other weapons at his disposal.

Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall lining up in this one as teammates is particularly interesting in this football betting contest since the two battled it out for MVP honors just two years ago as Fitzgerald’s NFC team fell to the AFC 59-41.

Team Sanders is the team of the younger quarter backs with Luck on first string and the Panthers’ Cam Newton and Eagles’ Nick Foles backing him up. The three quarterbacks will have a pair of first string receivers in A.J. Green and Dez Bryant who can beat any cornerback, even Joe Haden and Brandon Flowers who they will be matched up against.

Free Prediction – This game is particularly difficult to pick since this is the first year of this new format and it is uncertain how players are likely to respond. It figures to be yet another high scoring Pro Bowl with so much offensive talent littering both rosters, even with the Broncos crop of skill players ineligible. In this pro football betting exhibition, I have to go with Team Rice for the familiarity that Drew Brees has with several key players on the line, as well as Jimmy Graham. The Brees to Graham connection works so well in the regular season that it’s hard to imagine Team Rice not taking advantage of it in this game.

Back Team Rice over Team Sanders in this star-studded Pro Bowl