NFL Pro Bowl Odds

Firing off a negative, in the opening salvo, All-Star games are “Made For TV” marketing events in every professional sports league. As such, they should be wagered on based on their importance in the overall scheme of things. Apart from players who have bigger fish to fry, those playing Super Bowl, the best players in the NFL get together for this AFC versus NFC “friendly” on the weekend between Conference Championships and Super Bowl Sunday.

NFL Pro Bowl Sportsbooks

Similar to every National Football League contest, that actually count, bettors are offered multiple wagering options on the annual Pro Bowl. From standard point spreads, money line and game total odds, to LIVE in-game action and prop bets, these top ranked online wagering websites help NFL bettors bridge the two week break between the end of the playoffs and the Championship match. 

Being as there isn’t much on the line, other than some extra cash for the players and Conference pride, there are special rules in the Pro Bowl that you won’t find in other NFL games. 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 pivots, quarterbacks are allowed to intentionally ground the pigskin 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 rush in an attempt to block punts, field goals or point after attempts 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.

All-Time Pro Bowl Results (Since 2007)

Dating back to the inaugural match in 1938, that featured the New York Giants defeating the NFL All-Stars by a 13-10 count, the Pro Bowl has a long and storied history. East vs West Conference play was the format from 1954 to 1970 and the inaugural Super Bowl era AFC vs NFC fight was held on January 24, 1971. Starting a tradition, that match played out one week after the Baltimore Colts defeated the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 during Super Bowl V at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

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 Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders 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 Rams DT Aaron Donald (Team Rice) had popped teammate RB Todd Gurley (Team Irvin) and caused a serious injury during in the 2016 Pro Bowl. In the end, that experiment lasted three years (2014-16) until someone came to their senses and pulled the plug. One of the important positives, poured into the foundation in 1954, the format moved back to the traditional AFC vs NFC format in 2017. Here are the most recent results.

Year Format Spread Total Final Score
2017 AFC vs. NFC NFC -4 80 AFC 20 – NFC 13
2016 Team Irvin vs. Team Rice Irvin -2 75 Irvin 49 – Rice 27
2015 Team Carter vs. Team Irvin Carter -2.5 70 Irvin 32 – Carter 28
2014 Team Rice vs. Team Sanders Rice -1.5 90.5 Rice 22 – Sanders 21
2013 AFC vs. NFC AFC -1 79.5 NFC 62 – AFC 35
2012 AFC vs. NFC NFC -6 75 AFC 59 – NFC 41
2011 AFC vs. NFC Pick ‘Em 67 NFC 55 – AFC 41
2010 AFC vs. NFC NFC -2.5 57.5 AFC 41 – NFC 34
2009 AFC vs. NFC NFC -2.5 65.5 NFC 30 – AFC 21
2008 AFC vs. NFC AFC -3 62.5 NFC 42 – AFC 30
2007 AFC vs. NFC AFC -4 66 AFC 31 – NFC 28

Pro Bowl Results History

One tradition that still hasn’t returned is the Pro Bowl being contested on the Sunday after the Super Bowl. While it still wouldn’t attract players from the NFL Championship clash, it would “extend” the football-betting period by one week. After all, bettors are never happy when the pigskin-wagering season ends. Plus players, who were punted during the opening playoff rounds, including the Conference Championship games, might have an urge to get back on the gridiron.

Including the preseason, that starts in August and should always be lightly wagered on, the action packed 17 week regular season, plus five weeks of playoffs with a Pro Bowl added on after the Super Bowl, would add up to 26 weeks of football betting action. Add a few weeks of research on Conference and NFL Championship futures odds, which really heat up after the annual NFL Draft in April, and you end up with football entertainment that almost covers the entire calendar year.

However, with the Pro Bowl still acting as bridge to the Super Bowl, the NFL X-Game should be treated like a preseason matchup when it comes to wagering volume. In short, don’t bust your bankroll on a meaningless match. In actuality, it’s a bridge that isn’t needed as there are hundreds of Super Bowl bets to research. Don’t let the Pro Bowl distract you from the main event. Ending with some big numbers, bring back 2013 style games, we offer up the history of the Pro Bowl.

Year Final Score Location
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

List of Pro Bowl MVP Winners and Other Big Four All-Star Betting Opportunities

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. The complete list, a venerable who’s who of the NFL, is posted below.

In a sport as rough and tumble as football – finding keys to boost the Pro Bowl interest level is a difficult task. Online bookmakers do their part by offering betting options – including LIVE wagering, Perhaps the NFL should run an online Fantasy Pool, where contestants pick new players before the start of each quarter. Offer up a pair of tickets to following seasons Super Bowl, as a grand prize, and you would have a massive audience for at least three quarters of the match.

Though it really wouldn’t fit any other sport, Major League Baseball seemingly had it right when they made their Mid-Summer Classic a battle for home field advantage in the World Series. While that “something to play for” carrot no longer exists, the Boys of Summer still play their normal style of game and it is usually a good battle every July. The NBA All-Star game has become a back and forth scoring blitz that’s coupled with a dazzling display of entertaining alley-oops and dunks.

Moving to a playoff system format, and playing three 20-minute games of 3-on-3 during one day, the sacrifice of the top goaltenders continues every in January during the annual NHL shootout. Give the NHL credit though, they added a winner take all $1 million prize to the pot and they still have the best “skills competitions” of any of the Big Four North American sports. Overall, the mantra should always be to bet light and enjoy watching the great athletes playing untethered. 

Year MVPs
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