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Pro Bowl Betting News and Notes

Pro Bowl Betting News and Notes

Pro Bowl Notebook

Aloha Stadium will host the 2013-14 Pro Bowl this Sunday from Honolulu, Hawaii. In past years, the matchup was between players from the AFC and NFC. This year, the NFL decided to do away with the non-conference affair and have a fantasy draft with all of the players from both conferences.

The teams will be called Team Rice and Team Sanders after NFL Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. The pair drafted the team earlier this week over a two-day span. 
Oddsmakers open this game as a pick ‘em but early action has made Team Rice a 1½-point favorite over
Team Sanders.

The Pro Bowl has been known as an easy ‘over’ ticket the past couple years due to a lack of effort from the defensive players.

After the 2012 installment when the AFC defeated the NFC 59-41, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked about ending the exhibition. The closing total on this game was 75. 

The players insisted on putting up more of a fight last year and they did, but the two teams still put up a combined 97 points on the board. The closing total on this matchup was 79½ points.

This year, bookmakers were well aware of the trend from the defensive players and they opened with a total of 95. As of Saturday evening, that number has dropped nearly a touchdown and is sitting at 89½ points. Putting up triple digits is certainly possible but somebody doesn’t believe so.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET wtih NBC providing national coverage.

Listed below are the players available for each team and the outcomes of the previous Pro Bowls.


Offensive Players 

Drew Brees, New Orleans QB   
Philip Rivers, San Diego QB   
Alex Smith, Kansas City  QB     
Matt Forte, Chicago  RB     
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia RB   
DeMarco Murray, Dallas RB     
Mike Tolbert, Carolina FB     
Josh Gordon, Cleveland WR   
Brandon Marshall, Chicago WR     
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona  WR     
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago  WR     
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans TE     
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta TE     
Jordan Gross, Carolina T     
Tyron Smith,  Dallas T     
Joe Thomas, Cleveland T     
Jahri Evans,  New Orleans G     
Ben Grubbs, New Orleans G     
Evan Mathis,  Philadelphia G     
Ryan Kalil, Carolina C     
Nick Mangold, New York Jets   C     

Defensive Players

Robert Quinn, St. Louis DE     
Cameron Jordan, New Orleans DE     
Cameron Wake, Miami DE     
Kyle Williams, Buffalo DT     
Jason Hatcher, Dallas DT     
Marcell Dareus, Buffalo DT     
Robert Mathis, Indianapolis OLB     
Justin Houston, Kansas City OLB     
John Abraham, Arizona OLB     
Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati ILB     
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City ILB     
Alterraun Verner,  Tennessee CB     
Joe Haden,  Cleveland CB     
Brandon Flowers, Kansas City CB
Jairus Byrd,  Buffalo  FS     
Antrel Rolle, New York Giants FS     
Eric Reid,  San Francisco CB       

Special Teams Players

Stephen Gostkowski,  New England PK     
Johnny Hekker, St. Louis P     
Dexter McCluster, Kansas City PR     
Justin Bethel, Arizona  ST     
Matt Overton, Indianapolis LS   


Offensive Players

Nick Foles, Philadelphia  QB     
Cam Newton, Carolina  QB     
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis QB     
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City RB     
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay RB     
Alfred Morris, Washington RB     
Marcel Reece, Oakland FB     
A.J. Green, Cincinnati WR     
Dez Bryant, Dallas WR   
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh WR     
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia WR   
Jason Witten, Dallas TE     
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland TE     
Branden Albert, Kansas City T     
Duane Brown, Houston T     
Trent Williams, Washington T     
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore  G     
Logan Mankins, New England  G     
Kyle Long, Chicago G     
Mike Pouncey, Miami C     
Alex Mack, Cleveland C     

Defensive Players

J.J. Watt, Houston DE     
Mario Williams, Buffalo DE     
Greg Hardy, Carolina DE
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit DT     
Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay DT     
Tamba Hali, Kansas City OLB     
Terrell Suggs, Baltimore OLB     
Brian Orakpo, Washington OLB     
Luke Kuechly, Carolina ILB
Patrick Peterson, Arizona CB     
Darrelle Revis, Tampa Bay CB     
Brent Grimes, Miami CB     
Tim Jennings, Chicago CB     
Eric Berry, Kansas City SS     
T.J. Ward, Cleveland SS     
Eric Weddle, San Diego FS       

Special Teams Players

Justin Tucker, Baltimore K   
Brandon Fields, Miami P     
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota  KR   
Matthew Slater, New England ST
J.J. Jansen, Carolina LS

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Re: Pro Bowl Betting News and Notes

Betting Tale Of The Tape: 2014 NFL Pro Bowl

A drastic new format has been introduced for this year's edition of the NFL Pro Bowl, and it has resulted in some intriguing pairings ahead of Sunday's annual showcase in Honolulu.

Rather than split teams into AFC and NFC rosters, the lineups were drafted by former NFL greats Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. The result - longtime teammates facing off against each other, combined with offensive tandems never seen before - should invigorate what had become a stale event in recent years.

Here's the breakdown in our betting tale of the tape:

Team Jerry Rice vs Team Deion Sanders (+1.5, 90.5)


With the league's top quarterback, Denver Broncos star Peyton Manning, preparing for Super Bowl action, Team Rice has landed the next best thing: New Orleans great Drew Brees. He, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith will have a wealth of weapons at their disposal, including electrifying Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, Bears dynamic duo Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall and standout tight end - and Brees teammate - Jimmy Graham. The running back stable of LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte and DeMarco Murray boasts a far greater threat for backfield catches than Team Sanders.

The quarterback threesome of Nick Foles, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck should give Team Sanders plenty of versatility in both the running and passing game. The wide receiver corps rivals that of Team Rice, with Cincinnati's A.J. Green, Philadelphia superstar DeSean Jackson and Dallas touchdown machine Dez Bryant leading the way. The rushing game will be anchored by sensational Kansas City Chiefs back Jamaal Charles; he'll be joined by Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy and Washington workhorse Alfred Morris.

Edge: Team Rice


Quarterbacks beware: Team Rice is out to get you. In addition to boasting three members of the staunch Kansas City defense - linebackers Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson and cornerback Brandon Flowers - the roster includes St. Louis Rams sack machine Robert Quinn, fellow standout defensive ends Cameron Jordan and Cameron Wake and sensational Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The secondary is manned by shutdown Browns cornerback Joe Haden and New York Jets star Antonio Cromartie.

Sanders has assembled a defense that will hit hard and hit often. It's led by stalwart Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, outside linebackers Brian Orakpo of the Redskins and Tamba Hali of the Chiefs and a truly fearsome inside linebacker combination of Carolina's Luke Kuechly and Jacksonville's Paul Posluszny. Buccaneers ball hawk Darrelle Revis is the star in the Team Sanders secondary, flanked by Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Kansas City's Eric Berry among others.

Edge: Team Rice

Special Teams

The Team Rice return game is fueled by Chiefs special-teams dynamo Dexter McCluster, who led the NFL in punt return yards (686) by a whopping 101 over the next closest player. He also ran a pair of them back for touchdowns. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was one of the best in the game in 2013, connecting on 38-of-41 attempts, including 16-of-19 from 40 yards and beyond. St. Louis' Johnny Hekker will handle punting duties. He finished 10th in yards per attempt (46.3) and had 19 downed inside the 20.

The league's most electrifying new return talent has found a home on Team Sanders. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson served notice to the rest of the NFL that he is a force to be reckoned with in the return game, leading all players in kickoff return average (32.4) while racking up the second-most yards (1,393) and bringing two back for scores. Kicking duties fall on Baltimore's Justin Tucker, who matched Gostkowski by making 38-of-41 field-goal kicks this past season, while the punting will be handled by Miami's Brandon Fields, who had the second-highest average (48.8).

Edge: Team Sanders

NFL Pro Bowl Totals

The NFL Pro Bowl has finished 5-2 Over/Under the last seven years, with the past four Pro Bowls topping the total. An average of 92 points have been scored in that span. However, from 2007 to 2010, the AFC and NFC teams combined for an average of just over 64 points, going 2-2 O/U.

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