AFC vs. NFC
Date and Time: Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
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Pro Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN/ABC
The game has failed to impress each of the last two seasons with the AFC scoring 20-13 and 24-23 triumphs during that stretch. The final combined scores came nowhere close to surpassing the 80 and 66.5 point closing totals respectively. While you’d normally associate these types of exhibitions with high scoring affairs, that simply hasn’t been the case. Since the Pro Bowl cashed over tickets from 2007-2012, the under has gone a moneymaking 4-1 over the last five seasons.
Excluding the three seasons that Team Irvin, Sanders and Rice formed their own rosters, the NFC has been the side to back in Pro Bowl betting. In the last six matchups, the NFC has come out the pointspread victor four times and it just might end up being the favored side in the 2018 edition with it boasting what I believe to be the better of the two rosters.
Anthony Lynn will be calling the shots for the AFC on Sunday. He led the Chargers to a 12-4 regular season record that saw his team cover on nine occasions. He logged another in the playoffs at Baltimore where Los Angeles smeared the Ravens before getting their clocks cleaned in the division round by the eventual AFC champion New England Patriots. It was a coming of age campaign for Lynn and his staff, so it makes perfect sense to see him leading the AFC’s charge in the 2019 Pro Bowl at the best offshore sportsbooks.
Calling the shots for the NFC will be the Cowboys Jason Garrett who arguably put forth one of the better coaching performances of his career. Dallas got out to a rough start to its 2019 campaign by dropping five of its first eight games, but after dropping an embarrassing 28-14 decision to the Titans at home on Monday Night Football went on to win seven of its last eight games to ultimately win the NFC East. That said, Big D failed to cover the closing NFL odds in four of its last five games which included the win over the Seahawks and loss to the Rams in the playoffs.
Unlike the Super Bowl where the MVP Award is normally handed out to the quarterback of the winning team, everyone is up for grabs in the Pro Bowl. From quarterbacks to running backs to wide receivers, tight ends and defensive players, everyone and anyone can win the Pro Bowl MVP Award should they put forth a performance worthy of being granted the award. Dating back to 2010, winners of the award include Delanie Walker, Von Miller, Travis Kelce, Lorenzo alexander, Russell Wilson, Michael Bennett, Matthew Stafford, J.J. Watt, Nick Foles, Derrick Johnson, Kyle Rudolph, Brandon Marshall and DeAngelo Hall. See the amount of defensive muscle littered throughout that list?!
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The AFC will march out an awfully impressive cast of quarterbacks with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes getting the start in his first appearance. Spelling him will be the Colts Andrew Luck, the Chargers Philip Rivers and the Texans Deshaun Watson. The AFC’s running backs boast a trio of players recovering from regular season injuries in James Conner, Melvin Gordon and Lamar Miller. Tyreke Hill and JuJu Smith-Schuster headline the wide receiver corps, while Eric Ebron and Jared Cook are the tight ends. Jurrel Casey, Myles Garrett, C.J. Mosley, Von Miller, Xavien Howard and Jalen Ramsey are the defensive standouts.
Does it get any better than Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers leading your offense? Of course it does – Mitchell Trubisky will also be in Orlando and I couldn’t be any happier for him being a diehard Chicago Bears fan. That trio of excellence will get to target Michael Thomas, Adam Thielen, Davante Adams and Mike Evans. Toting the rock out of the backfield will be stud rookie Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott and Alvin Kamara; can you say loaded?! If that’s not enough weaponry, how does George Kittle sound at the tight end position? Defensively, DeMarcus Lawrence, Akiem Hicks, Bobby Wagner, Leighton Vander-Esch, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller will get the tough assignment of limiting the AFC’s potent attack.
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Attaching your wagon to the underdog in the Pro Bowl has been the way to go. Dating back to 2004, the side catching points has gone on to cover the game at an 80 percent clip. On top of that, it’s won the game outright nine times! With scoring down in recent matchups, I’m hoping linemakers post a weak line just asking for over money to blow it out of the water. The last five Pro Bowls saw closing totals of 66.5, 80, 74.5, 69 and 89 for an average of 75.8 points. I’m expecting this year’s version to go against the recent norm and once again play to a track meet. If you must bet a side, I’d go with the NFC with it owning what I believe to be the hungrier roster and much better running backs. With that, bet the NFC, hit the over, crack open one of your favorite libations and enjoy the show the best in the world are about to put on!
Pro Bowl ATS Betting Pick: NFC & Over at BookMaker.eu
Pro Bowl Score Prediction: NFC 61 – AFC 48