The 2019 Pro Bowl will feature 88 of the NFL’s top players—exactly half of whom are making their all-star debut—going head to head as they represent the AFC and NFC in what should be an exciting exhibition game. These all-stars may not be happy about playing this game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando instead of gearing up to compete in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next week, but fans should be stoked that there is still some football to watch on Sunday. While the outcome of the game may not matter for much, viewers can up the ante by placing a wager down the outcome.
Oddsmakers have made the betting line a pick ‘em, which means neither the AFC or NFC will be getting or laying points in the 2019 Pro Bowl. That indicates an evenly matched battle, which was exactly the case last year. Although the NFC was favored by 2.5 points, the AFC was able to pull an upset thanks to a strong second-half performance.
Interestingly enough, not a single quarterback that helped orchestrate last year’s comeback win is on the AFC roster in 2019.
Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith are out, while up-and-coming star Patrick Mahomes will start for the AFC, with Deshaun Watson (replacing Tom Brady, who will be participating in the Super Bowl) and Andrew Luck (replacing the injured Philip Rivers) waiting in the reserves. They’ll be trying to out-gun starting NFC quarterback Russell Wilson, who partook in last year’s event but failed to produce a touchdown, as well as NFC reserves Mitch Trubisky and Dak Prescott. The books are expecting these signal-callers to help produce plenty of points, with the over/under set at 55 points. That’s well below the 2018 edition of the Pro Bowl—which closed at a 66.5-point total—but isn’t surprisingly low given that last year’s contest finished with just 47 points on the board.