2018 NFL Pro Bowl Odds & Betting Preview

2018 NFL Pro Bowl Odds & Betting Preview

Written by on January 24, 2018

The NFL isn’t about to let its fans go a Sunday without football action, and as usual the Sunday before the Super Bowl it’s the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl. For the second straight year, the meaningless exhibition game takes place from Orlando. And if you’re looking to make a bet on this game, check out the NFL betting odds at our online sportsbook.

2018 NFL Pro Bowl Odds & Betting Preview

When: Sunday, 2:50 PM ET Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando TV: ESPN & ABC Radio: Westwood One Stream Option: WatchESPN Opening NFL Lines: NFC -3 So, I’m supposed to give you some betting advice on which conference wins the Pro Bowl. But that’s essentially impossible because the players themselves don’t even care. They just go there because it’s a free trip and try not to get hurt playing the actual game. The AFC and NFC have split 44 Pro Bowls. In 2013, the NFL made a change where it wasn’t AFC vs. NFC, but instead the teams were chosen by Hall of Fame captains such as Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Michael Irvin and Cris Carter. It didn’t really lead to any more competitive games so the league went back to AFC vs. NFC last year and shifted the game from Hawaii to Orlando. The AFC won the lowest-scoring Pro Bowl of this century, 20-13, last January. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 10 of 12 passes for 100 yards and engineered two scoring drives. He threw a 23-yard touchdown pass late in the first half to Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, who finished with three catches for 36 yards and was selected the game’s offensive MVP.  The NFC had a chance to tie or take the lead late, but Kirk Cousins’ pass to Jimmy Graham went off the Graham’s hands and was intercepted at the AFC 2-yard line by Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who would be named the game’s defensive MVP. Neither Dalton nor Alexander are in this year’s game.

How Many Picks Do the Pats Have?

The New England Patriots had four Pro Bowl selections this season, led by Tom Brady getting named for a franchise-record 13th time. But Brady and his three teammates are busy preparing for the Super Bowl and thus won’t take part in the game. Brady has been replaced by Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Six Philadelphia Eagles also were selected, but of course they won’t participate, either. Philly QB Carson Wentz was replaced by Rams quarterback Jared Goff. The Pro Bowl rosters were announced way back on Dec. 20, but every year there are several guys who pull out due to “injury” (they just don’t want to play) or are on Super Bowl teams. You literally have to check back daily on which guys have pulled out or not.

What’s Weird About the NFL Pro Bowl?

Like the NBA or NHL All-Star Games, these are usually very high scoring because there’s almost no defense played. For example, you can’t blitz the quarterback or attempt to block punts, field goals or point-after attempts. There are no kickoffs to help avoid injury. Teams will start on their own 25-yard line after any score or at the start of each half. Offensive and defensive schemes are very basic with no motion or shifting.  The Pro Bowl is not allowed to end in a tie, unlike preseason and regular season games. The AFC is coached by Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin and the NFC by the Saints’ Sean Payton. There will be a college football link to this game. The NFL plans to recognize Central Florida’s 13-0 undefeated football season as players have been invited to walk out on the field for a celebration after the first quarter. UCF, which is located in Orlando, has claimed a mythical national championship as the nation’s only unbeaten team – and with a win over Auburn in the Peach Bowl, the same Auburn team that beat national champion Alabama in the regular season.

2018 NFL Pro Bowl Rosters

Which team is a safe bet in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl?

AFC

  • Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers), Alex Smith (Chiefs), Derek Carr (Raiders)
  • Running back: Le’Veon Bell (Steelers), Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), LeSean McCoy (Bills)
  • Fullback: Roosevelt Nix (Steelers)
  • Tight end: Delanie Walker (Titans), Jack Doyle (Colts)
  • Wide receiver: Antonio Brown (Steelers), Keenan Allen (Chargers), Jarvis Landry (Dolphins), T.Y. Hilton (Colts)
  • Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva (Steelers) Taylor Lewan (Titans), Russell Okung (Chargers)
  • Guard: Kelechi Osemele (Raiders), David DeCastro (Steelers), Richie Incognito (Bills)
  • Center: Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers), Rodney Hudson (Raiders)
  • Defensive end: Yannick Ngakoue (Jaguars), Cameron Heyward (Steelers), Melvin Ingram (Chargers)
  • Defensive linemen: Geno Atkins (Bengals), Jurrell Casey (Titans), Malik Jackson (Jaguars)
  • Outside linebacker: Von Miller (Broncos),  Terrell Suggs (Ravens), Telvin Smith (Jaguars)
  • Inside linebacker: C.J. Mosley (Ravens), Joe Schobert (Browns)
  • Cornerback: A.J. Bouye (Jaguars), Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars), Aqib Talib (Broncos), Casey Hayward (Chargers)
  • Free safety: Eric Weddle (Ravens)
  • Strong safety: Reshad Jones (Dolphins), Kevin Byard (Titans)
  • Punter: Brett Kern (Titans)
  • Kicker: Chris Boswell (Steelers)
  • Return specialist: Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)
  • Special teamer: Brynden Trawick (Titans)

NFC

  • Quarterback: Russell Wilson (Seahawks), Drew Brees (Saints), Jared Goff (Rams)
  • Running back: Todd Gurley (Rams), Alvin Kamara (Saints), Mark Ingram (Saints)
  • Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk (49ers)
  • Tight end: Jason Witten (Cowboys), Kyle Rudolph (Vikings)
  • Wide receiver: Adam Thielen (Vikings), Michael Thomas (Saints), Doug Baldwin (Seahawks), Davante Adams (Packers)
  • Tackle: Andrew Whitworth (Rams), Joe Staley (49ers)
  • Guard: Trai Turner (Panthers), Larry Warford (Saints), T.J. Lang (Lions)
  • Center: Alex Mack (Falcons), Travis Frederick (Cowboys)
  • Defensive end: Demarcus Lawrence (Cowboys), Cameron Jordan (Saints), Michael Bennett (Seahawks)
  • Defensive linemen: Gerald McCoy (Buccaneers), Mike Daniels (Packers), Linval Joseph (Vikings)
  • Outside linebacker: Chandler Jones (Cardinals) Ryan Kerrigan (Redskins), Thomas Davis (Panthers)
  • Inside linebacker: Deion Jones (Falcons), Kwon Alexander (Buccaneers)
  • Cornerback: Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), Patrick Peterson (Cardinals), Marshon Lattimore (Saints), Darius Slay (Lions)
  • Free safety: Earl Thomas (Seahawks)
  • Strong safety: Harrison Smith (Vikings), Keanu Neal (Falcons)
  • Punter: Johnny Hekker (Rams)
  • Kicker: Graham Gano (Panthers)
  • Return specialist: Pharoh Cooper (Rams)
  • Special teamer: Budda Baker (Cardinals)

Expert NFL Pro Bowl Betting Prediction

The NFC has won four of the past seven Pro Bowls so let’s go that route. Take the over on the total.