Yes, There Is Football This Sunday: 2018 Pro Bowl Preview

Kevin Stott

Friday, January 26, 2018 3:11 PM UTC

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 3:11 PM UTC

The NFL Pro Bowl moved to Camping World Stadium in Orlando from Honolulu last year, and with only 33 points scored and rain in the forecast for Sunday night's game, is looking at the ''under' in the totals market a good idea?

AFC vs. NFC Pro Bowl (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET)

The NFL Pro Bowl is at Camping World Stadium in Orlando for a second straight year after being held in Honolulu for so long, and it's with the more familiar AFC vs. NFC format after three years of seeing Hall of Famers like Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter serve as captains and draft selected Pro Bowlers to their individual squads in a school-like process that stripped away a little conference pride and cohesiveness for the participating players.

Bookmaker has opened up the NFC Pro Bowlers as solid 3-point Favorites with the Total in a 70½ (Pinnacle) to 71½ (Intertops) range. On the Moneyline, the NFC is favored in a fairly tight -145 (Pinnacle) to -150 (BetOnline) range with the highest available number on the Underdog AFC +131 at Pinnacle. For all of the the current Super Bowl game numbers, check out the NFL Oddsboard, and for those who are looking to shop Props numbers for the Big Game, go to the Super Bowl LII Props Odds page and see who has what on the betting board right now.

AFC Pro Bowl Roster

QB—Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers), Derek Carr (Raiders), Alex Smith (Chiefs)

RB—Le’Veon Bell (Steelers), Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), LeSean McCoy (Bills)

FB—Roosevelt Nix (Steelers)

WR—Antonio Brown (Steelers), Keenan Allen (Chargers), TY Hilton, (Colts), Jarvis Landry (Dolphins), Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)

TE—Delanie Walker (Titans)

C—Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers), Rodney Hudson (Raiders)

T—Alejandro Villanueva (Steelers), Taylor Lewan (Titans), Russell Okung (Raiders)

G—David DeCastro (Steelers), Kelechi Osemele (Raiders), Richie Incognito (Bills)

KR—Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)

K—Chris Boswell (Steelers)

P—Brett Kern (Titans)

DE—Joey Bosa (Chargers), Cameron Heyward (Steelers), Yannick Ngakoue (Jaguars)

DT—Geno Atkins (Bengals), Jurrell Casey (Titans), Malik Jackson (Jaguars)

ILB—CJ Mosley (Ravens), Joe Schobert (Browns)

OLB—Von Miller (Broncos), Terrell Suggs (Ravens), Telvin Smith (Jaguars)

CB—AJ Bouye (Jaguars), Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars), Aqib Talib (Broncos), Casey Hayward (Chargers)

S—Eric Weddle (Ravens), Reshad Jones (Dolphins), Micah Hyde (Bills)

NFC Pro Bowl Roster

QB—Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Drew Brees (Saints), Jared Goff (Rams)

RB—Todd Gurley (Rams), Alvin Kamara (Saints), Mark Ingram (Saints)

FB—Kyle Juszczyk (49ers)

WR—Adam Thielen (Vikings), Michael Thomas (Saints), Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals), Davante Adams (Packers)

TE—Jason Witten (Cowboys), Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)

C—Alex Mack (Falcons), Travis Frederick (Cowboys)

T—Trent Williams (Redskins), Andrew Whitworth (Rams), Joe Staley (49ers)

G—Brandon Scherff (Redskins), Trai Turner (Panthers), Larry Warford (Saints)

KR—Pharoh Cooper (Rams)

K—Graham Gano (Panthers)

P—Johnny Hekker (Rams)

DE—Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), Cameron Jordan (Saints), Michael Bennett (Seahawks)

DT—Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers), Mike Daniels (Packers), Linval Joseph (Vikings)

ILB—CJ Deion Jones (Falcons), Kwon Alexander (Buccaneers)

OLB—Chandler Jones (Cardinals), Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins), Thomas Davis (Panthers)

CB—Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals), Marshon Lattimore (Saints), Darius Slay (Lions)

S—Earl Thomas (Seahawks), Keanu Neal (Falcons), Harrison Smith (Vikings)

SPECIAL TEAMER—Budda Baker (Cardinals)

Serious Bettors Need to Check Out Latest Rosters

Who won’t be playing -- besides members of the Super Bowl LII-bound New England patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles -- in this game may end up being just as important as who is, especially the replacements at some positions, with original Pro Bowl selections and so many starters either sitting it out or participating in Minneapolis next Sunday. So a look at the updated Pro Bowl Rosters might be a good idea. A player like Chargers QB Philip Rivers, who is a great downfield passer, being replaced by shorter-passer Alex Smith, although even with limited playing time in an All-Star game, may mean a few less Nerf Ball-ish points for the AFC in O-Town. Even though 5-point Underdogs last year, the AFC won 20-13 in a rare low-scoring Pro Bowl that had a scoreless 1st Quarter, 3 points scored in the 3rd Quarter and only 9 points in the 4th in a borefest of two first-half TDs followed by 4 FGs in the second Half in an 'Under' bettor’s dream..

In the three Pro Bowls with those former pros serving as coaches, an average of 59.7 ppg were scored, while in the previous 7 games played under the conventional AFC vs. NFC format, an average of 78.3 ppg were scored with 4 straight 'Overs' before that temporary change in format. The best current number available (by 1 cent) on the Moneyline for the AFC is at Pinnacle at +131. Taking the 3 points may be a better approach for some, but in such a meaningless game, getting the amount right and being conservative in this case is wise with tackling, play selection and the refereeing often tantamount to a pick-up game.

And the best current number for 'Under' bettors is 71½ at Intertops. Why the 'Under?' Even with the carefree tackling and pride, many players will also want to avoid injury and go three-quarters speed and let the clock tick. And with potential wet weather and replacements, there is no real flow -- the 33 points scored and FG-happy game we saw in Orlando last year may be the new tone for this game. It almost looks like a Steelers Offense/Jaguars Defense vs. Rams Offense/Vikings Defense affair, but it will be more than that.

The NFC looks stronger at QB and RB, the AFC better at WR and KR, but this is always a game where anything can happen, and making both teams score 79 or 80 to beat you seems the wisest approach. Look for the Jaguars defensive players (Ngakoue, Jackson, Smith, Bouye) to shine here along with Pittsburgh’s Killer B's, Chiefs electric KR Tyreek Hill and unheralded WRs Jarvis Landry (Dolphins), TY Hilton (Colts) and Keenan Allen (Chargers), who will like playing pitch-and-catch with Big Ben, Smith and the Raiders' Derek Carr in central Florida (Mostly Cloudy, possible afternoon Thunderstorm, High 79°, Winds SE 10-20 mph).

Predicted Final Score: AFC 37, NFC 33Free NFL Picks: AFC Moneyline, Under 71.5Best Lines Offered: Intertops
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