AFC vs. NFC 1/27/19 NFL Pro Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
AFC vs. NFC
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Camping World Stadium)
The Line: NFC -1 -- Over/Under: 57
TV: ESPN, ABC
The AFC and NFC meet Sunday in the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The AFC will be led by Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, who took his team to the AFC Divisional Game with 12 regular season wins. Offensively, the AFC will have quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck and Deshaun Watson, while the top skill position players include James Conner, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen and Jarvis Landry. Defensively is where the AFC will likely really shine with difference makers such as Von Miller, Xavien Howard, Jalen Ramsey and Myles Garrett round out the starting unit. The AFC is a little weak in the running back department and has two of its original quarterbacks (Philip Rivers and Tom Brady) not participating, but the defense is young, and youth can be key in these type of meaningless games. You want players who are honored to participate and excited to put on a show. There’s a lot of players on that AFC defense who are still making a name for themselves, and that could be key for that side producing a victory. I expect a fast, youthful defense that wants to change the whole feel of the Pro Bowl.
The NFC will be led by Jason Garrett, who took the Dallas Cowboys to the NFC Divisional Game and has won double-digit games in three of the last five years. The NFC quarterbacks will be Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and Mitchell Trubisky, while the key skill position players are Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas, Saquon Barkley, Davante Adams and George Kittle. A really explosive offensive unit with proven quarterbacks, arguably the best two running backs in the league and highly productive receivers who are as reliable as they come. The NFC defense will be missing a lot of starters due to pull outs or guys playing in the Super Bowl, but Kyle Fuller, Patrick Peterson, DeMarcus Lawrence, Bobby Wagner and Anthony Barr will help keep things afloat. The feel you get with the NFC are the usual suspects. Guys who have been there done that over the years and take pride in the conferences dominate over the AFC over the years.
There's no line yet due to possible more players dropping out or reserves needing to be added. We know the NFC is probably going to be favored yet again and the total is sure to be high. It's the same song and dance in these type of games. The play is usually the over, and I often like to take free points in meaningless all-star type games. The goal in these games is to have fun and leave healthy. Free points is where I usually lean.
This total is pretty low when you consider seven of the last 11 Pro Bowls have produced at least 60 points. Defense is not really an option in these type of games, and while the last two years have been pretty low scoring, the overall history of this game has been a back and forth contest. Instead of picking one team when there's no logical reason to be on one side over the other when you consider both sides are loaded with talent, I'll be on the side of points and back the over.