The 2013 NFL Pro Bowl will take place today at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii; the annual all-star clash is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00pm ET on NBC. The latest NFL Odds have the AFC listed as a -1.5 against the spread favorite and the game total set at a whopping 80 points.
There was speculation that the NFL may scrap the Pro Bowl after several year’s of sloppy, half hearted play in the annual showcase event, but the league decided to keep the contest alive for at least the near future.
While Commissioner Roger Goodell has expressed a desire for the players to make the contest resemble something close to tackle football, the Over/Under in today’s game would indicate that may not happen. Not only are the defensive units limited by certain rules (i.e. no blitzing, etc.), most players on both sides of the ball are primarily concerned with avoiding injury.
Given those two factors, today’s Pro Bowl should look much like the offensive free-for-all that has come to characterize the event in recent seasons. Each of the last three Pro Bowl games exceeded 74 points and the last two featured combined scores of 96 and 100 points. Maybe Goodell’s pleas will have some effect, but fans and bettors should expect another high scoring affair.
As for the victor, well, the AFC has won two of the last three all-star games, topping the NFC 41-34 in 2010 and 59-41 last year. The NFC cruised to a 55-41 win in 2011. Since 1971 the series is tied at 21 games apiece.
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2013 NFL Pro Bowl Odds: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
AFC -1.5 (-110), Over 80 (-110)
NFC +1.5 (-110), Under 80 (-110)