AFC vs. NFC
|Date & Time||Sunday January 28, 2018, 2:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: AFC PK -- Over/Under: 64
The AFC and NFC will meet Sunday in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The AFC is coached by Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin, a coach who has won 65.9 percent of his games and won the Super Bowl in the 2008 season. The AFC won’t have its quarterback in Tom Brady due to the Super Bowl, but does have its usual quarterback participants in Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith. The rest of the AFC offense is explosive and includes players such as Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, A.J. Green and productive rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Will defense is optional in games like this one, the AFC will have Denver Broncos Von Miller, Cincinnati Bengals Geno Atkins and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey defending the sidelines. The AFC has some youth on its roster and a couple of guys who made this game for the first time, so this is a squad that could be excited to be here and play this game with me energy.
The NFC is coached by New Orleans Saints Sean Payton, a coach who has won 59.7 percent of his games and won the Super Bowl in the 2009 season. The NFC will be without its quarterback in Carson Wentz due to injury and the Super Bowl, but will have Russell Wilson and Drew Brees leading the offense, guys who have combined for 15 pro bowl appearances. Other key offensive players for the NFC includes Todd Gurley, Jimmy Graham and explosive rookie running back Alvin Kamara. The NFC defense will be led by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas and one of the top young cornerbacks in Minnesota Vikings Xavier Rhodes. The NFC appears to be a veteran team on both sides of the ball, so you have a lot of guys who have been there done that and are used to the hoopla that comes with exhibition games like this.
It doesn't look like there are any trends for the Pro Bowl.
Capping meaningless exhibition games is one of the things I'm least interested in and is something I don't bother betting. It's impossible to predict what's going to happen in a game where guys don't care about the income and are only there to celebrate the season and catch up with old friends. The rules are also different, as you can't blitz, the offensive line can't shift and the defense must stay in a 4-3 defense. If you're betting serious money on this game, you should seek some help. With all that said, if I had to make a pick, I'd side with the over. Four of the last five games between the AFC and NFC have produced 70-plus points, and with the way the rules are so against the defense and guys not wanting to get hurt, scoring isn't that difficult. Trying to predict which roster is better is pointless due to guys only playing five minutes or so before the backups come in. Like I do in most all-star games, take the over and hope for an offensive explosion from both sides.