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 Sunday, January 27, 2019 will be the third contest played at recently renovated Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

 

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 are normally posted shortly after the always thrilling NFC and AFC Conference Championship contests.

Through the 2018 match, the AFC owns a slim 23-22 Pro Bowl series lead and have won the last two, 20-13 and 24-23, which were unusually low-scoring games.

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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 defenses, the offense 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 them find themselves in peril.

Although minor modifications are allowed, such as Cover 2 and press coverage, the defense 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 own 25-yard line after all scoring plays. Certain timing rules are also added, to speed up 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 together 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 in 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, the format moved back to the traditional AFC versus NFC format in 2017. Here are the Pro Bowl results.

Year Final Score Location
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
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