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 May 23, 2022:
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.
|2020||AFC 38 – NFC 33||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|2019||AFC 26Â -Â NFC 7||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|2018||AFC 24Â -Â NFC 23||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|2017||AFC 20Â -Â NFC 13||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL|
|2016||Team Irvin 49 -Â Team Rice 27||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2015||Team Irvin 32 -Â Team Carter 28||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ|
|2014||Team Rice 22 -Â Team Sanders 21||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2013||NFC 62 -Â AFC 35||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2012||AFC 59 -Â NFC 41||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2011||NFC 55 -Â AFC 41||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2010||AFC 41 -Â NFC 34||Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL|
|2009||NFC 30 -Â AFC 21||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2008||NFC 42 -Â AFC 30||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2007||AFC 31 -Â NFC 28||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2006||NFC 23 -Â AFC 17||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2005||AFC 38 -Â NFC 27||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2004||NFC 55 -Â AFC 52||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2003||AFC 45 -Â NFC 20||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2002||AFC 38 -Â NFC 30||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2001||AFC 38 -Â NFC 17||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|2000||NFC 51 -Â AFC 31||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1999||AFC 23 -Â NFC 10||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1998||AFC 29 -Â NFC 24||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1997||AFC 26 -Â NFC 23 (OT)||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1996||NFC 20 -Â AFC 13||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1995||AFC 41 -Â AFC 13||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1994||NFC 17 -Â AFC 3||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI|
|1993||AFC 23 -Â 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 16Â – 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 35Â – 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 30Â – 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|
|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|
|1999||Keyshawn Johnson / Ty Law|
|1983||Dan Fouts, John Jefferson|
|1982||Lee Roy Selmon, Kellen Winslow|
|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|