What is the NFL Pro Bowl?

      2023 Pro Bowl Betting Odds & Insights

      Top online sportsbooks are in on the action early, as eagerly, we await the Pro Bowl 2023 as the AFC All-Pros face the NFC All-Pros. Here are the latest 2021 Pro Bowl betting odds for the game on February 6. The odds were last updated on June 16, 2022:

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      AFC All-Pros

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      NFC All-Pros

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      Apart from players who have much bigger fish to fry, like playing in the NFL Championship match, top NFL All-Stars gather together for the AFC vs. NFC “friendly” in-between Conference Championship Sunday and the Super Bowl in late January every year. Being as All-Star contests are largely “Made For TV” marketing events, across every professional sports league, they should be wagered on based on their importance. Not too high on the priority ladder, the NFL Pro Bowl is on the same level as preseason games.

      Moving around to different USA cities early on, “NFL All-Star Games” were played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, Shibe Park in Philadelphia and the Polo Grounds in New York from 1938 to 1942. Due to World War II travel restrictions, the Pro Bowl was put on hold from 1943 to 1950. Renamed the NFL Pro Bowl in 1950, the match was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1951 until 1972. Top online sportsbooks offer point spread, money line, and game total betting options, plus LIVE in-game action and prop bets on the Pro Bowl.

      Coinciding with the NFL/AFL merger, the modern-day All-Star game was renamed the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in 1970. At that point, until 2009, the Pro Bowl was played on the Sunday following the Super Bowl. In 1980 the match was moved to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was played every year (except 2010 and 2014) until 2017. Citing a need for additional exposure, the NFL moved the Pro Bowl to the US mainland and the match on January 31, 2018.

      When is the Pro Bowl?

      Officially titled the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, the NFL All-Star game is a match that honours the best players following each National Football League season. The inaugural match was played in 1939, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, and the NFL Champion New York Giants defeated the NFL All-Stars 13-10. Aloha Stadium, in Honolulu, Hawaii, has hosted a record 36 Pro Bowl contests. As of 2020, the Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at the Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL. Let's dig deeper into the NFL Pro Bowl game.

      What time does the NFL Pro Bowl start?

      Often an afternoon affair, the NFL Pro Bowl starts at 3:00 PM ET and betting lines usually are posted shortly after the always thrilling NFC and AFC Conference Championship contests.

      The 2020 Pro Bowl was won by the AFC All-pros, with the score finishing 38-33.

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        Being as there isn't much on the line, other than some extra cash for the players and Conference pride, there are special guidelines that are specific to the Pro Bowl. Meant to compliment some of the rules imposed on the defences, the offence is not allowed to shift or go in motion before the snap and a tight end must be included in all offensive formations. Protecting the stars, quarterbacks are allowed to intentionally ground the football if they find themselves in peril.

        Although minor modifications are allowed, such as Cover 2 and press coverage, the defence must play a base 4-3 scheme and blindside blocks are illegal. On special teams, players can not attempt to block punts, field goals or extra points and there are no kick-offs as teams start on their 25-yard line after all scoring plays. Certain timing rules are also added, to speed up the pace of play, and most of the new rules help keep the Pro Bowl scoreboard operator very busy.

        "NFL Pro Bowl received an unsuccessful format change prior to the 2014 match."

        Similar to every pro sport, the NFL Pro Bowl format is constantly being tweaked in search of a mix that will keep fans tuned in. The most recent lipstick was applied when legends of the game were brought onboard. Former Pro Bowl players, like Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice, drafted teams that played under their last names and eliminated the conference clash aspect. Players still received NFL Pro Bowl recognition, but they were then all mixed to facilitate the draft.

        Crazy when you think about it. Imagine the uproar if Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald (Team Rice) had popped teammate RB Todd Gurley (Team Irvin) and caused an injury during the 2016 Pro Bowl.

        In the end, that experiment lasted three years (2014-16) until the NFL came to their senses and pulled the plug. A positive poured into the foundation in 1954, and the format moved back to the traditional AFC versus NFC format in 2017. Here are the Pro Bowl results.

        Year tFinal Score Location
        2021 TBA
        2020 AFC 38 - NFC 33 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
        2019 AFC 26 - NFC 7 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
        2018 AFC 24 - NFC 23 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
        2017 AFC 20 - NFC 13 Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
        2016 Team Irvin 49 - Team Rice 27 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2015 Team Irvin 32 - Team Carter 28 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
        2014 Team Rice 22 - Team Sanders 21 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2013 NFC 62 - AFC 35 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2012 AFC 59 - NFC 41 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2011 NFC 55 - AFC 41 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2010 AFC 41 - NFC 34 Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
        2009 NFC 30 - AFC 21 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2008 NFC 42 - AFC 30 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2007 AFC 31 - NFC 28 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2006 NFC 23 - AFC 17 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2005 AFC 38 - NFC 27 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2004 NFC 55 - AFC 52 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2003 AFC 45 - NFC 20 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2002 AFC 38 - NFC 30 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2001 AFC 38 - NFC 17 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        2000 NFC 51 - AFC 31 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1999 AFC 23 - NFC 10 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1998 AFC 29 - NFC 24 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1997 AFC 26 - NFC 23 (OT) Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1996 NFC 20 - AFC 13 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1995 AFC 41 - AFC 13 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1994 NFC 17 - AFC 3 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1993 AFC 23 - NFC 20 (OT) Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1992 NFC 21 - AFC 15 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1991 AFC 23 - NFC 21 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1990 NFC 27 - AFC 21 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1989 NFC 34 - AFC 3 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1988 AFC 15 - NFC 6 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1987 AFC 10 - NFC 6 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1986 NFC 28 - AFC 24 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1985 AFC 22 - NFC 14 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1984 NFC 45 - AFC 3 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1983 NFC 20 - AFC 19 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1982 AFC 16 - NFC 13 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1981 NFC 21 - AFC 7 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1980 NFC 37 - AFC 27 Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
        1979 NFC 13 - AFC 7 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1978 NFC 14 - AFC 13 Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL
        1977 AFC 24 - NFC 14 The Kingdome, Seattle, WA
        1976 NFC 23 - AFC 20 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA
        1975 NFC 17 - AFC 10 Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL
        1974 AFC 15 - NFC 13 Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
        1973 AFC 33 - NFC 28 Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
        1972 AFC 26 - NFC 13 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1971 NFC 27 - AFC 6 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1970 West 16 - East 13 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1969 West 10 - East 7 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1968 West 38 - East 20 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1967 East 20 - West 10 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1966 East 36 - West 7 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1965 West 34 - East 14 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1964 West 31 - East 17 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1963 East 30 - West 20 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1962 West 31 - East 30 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1961 West 35 - East 31 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1960 West 38 - East 21 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1959 East 28 - West 21 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1958 West 26 - East 7 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1957 West 19 - East 10 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1956 East 31 - West 30 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1955 West 26 - East 19 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1954 East 20 - West 9 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1953 National 27 - American 7 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1952 National 30 - American 13 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1951 American 28 - National 27 Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
        1943 NFL All-Stars 17 - Redskins 14 Shibe Park, Philadelphia, PA
        1942 Bears 35 - NFL All-Stars 24 Polo Grounds, New York City, NY
        1941 Bears 28 - NFL All-Stars 14 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
        1940 Packers 16 - NFL All-Stars 7 Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
        1939 Giants 13 - NFL All-Stars 10 Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, CA

        NFL Pro Bowl MVP

        Some of the best NFL players, as well as unsung hero's, have earned the Pro Bowl MVP. While it doesn't come with the same prestige as the Super Bowl MVP the winners usually receive a shinny new vehicle. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Phil Simms are the only players in NFL history with a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl MVP award. Manning is the only player with NFL, Super Bowl and Pro Bowl MVP trophies. A venerable NFL who's who - here is the complete MVP list.

        Year MVPs Offense / Defense
        2021 TBA
        2020 Lamar Jackson / Calais Campbell
        2019 Patrick Mahomes / Jamal Adams
        2018 Delanie Walker / Von Miller
        2017 Travis Kelce / Lorenzo Alexander
        2016 Russell Wilson / Michael Bennett
        2015 Matthew Stafford / J.J. Watt
        2014 Nick Foles / Derrick Johnson
        2013 Kyle Rudolph
        2012 Brandon Marshall
        2011 DeAngelo Hall
        2010 Matt Schaub
        2009 Larry Fitzgerald
        2008 Adrian Peterson
        2007 Carson Palmer
        2006 Derrick Brooks
        2005 Peyton Manning
        2004 Marc Bulger
        2003 Ricky Williams
        2002 Rich Gannon
        2001 Rich Gannon
        2000 Randy Moss
        1999 Keyshawn Johnson / Ty Law
        1998 Warren Moon
        1997 Mark Brunell
        1996 Jerry Rice
        1995 Marshall Faulk
        1994 Andre Rison
        1993 Steve Tasker
        1992 Michael Irvin
        1991 Jim Kelly
        1990 Jerry Gray
        1989 Randall Cunningham
        1988 Bruce Smith
        1987 Reggie White
        1986 Phil Simms
        1985 Mark Gastineau
        1984 Joe Theismann
        1983 Dan Fouts, John Jefferson
        1982 Lee Roy Selmon, Kellen Winslow
        1981 Eddie Murray
        1980 Chuck Muncie
        1979 Ahmad Rashad
        1978 Walter Payton
        1977 Mel Blount
        1976 Billy Johnson
        1975 James Harris
        1974 Garo Yepremian
        1973 O.J. Simpson
        1972 Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud
        1971 Fred Carr, Mel Renfro
        1970 Gale Sayers, George Andrie
        1969 Roman Gabriel, Merlin Olsen
        1968 Gale Sayers, Dave Robinson
        1967 Gale Sayers, Floyd Peters
        1966 Jim Brown, Dale Meinert
        1965 Fran Tarkenton, Terry Barr
        1964 Johnny Unitas, Gino Marchetti
        1963 Jim Brown, Eugene Lipscomb
        1962 Jim Brown, Henry Jordan
        1961 Johnny Unitas, Sam Huff
        1960 Johnny Unitas, Eugene Lipscomb
        1959 Frank Gifford, Doug Atkins
        1958 Hugh McElhenny, Gene Brito
        1957 Bert Rechichar, Ernie Stautner
        1956 Ollie Matson
        1955 Billy Wilson
        1954 Chuck Bednarik
        1953 Don Doll
        1952 Dan Towler
        1951 Otto Graham