Are you ready for Super Bowl 50? I definitely am ready. However, before we get there next weekend we need to head to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. This game gets more pathetic with every passing year, but I do remember watching last year’s edition and seeing some effort put forth. That was undoubtedly because NFL management told both teams to actually try and not sleep through the Pro Bowl. If they didn’t have that extra push to try, this game would be an even bigger mess. You need to approach All-Star games as a time to bet recreationally. Don’t throw your entire bankroll or anything on these kind of games. Most notably due to the effort variable. Who really knows who is going to show up and at least act like they want to win. I think there is a money bonus for players on the winning side, but these are Pro-Bowlers, most of them don’t care about the extra cash.
This season the NFL went with the fantasy draft format again, as Team Rice faces Team Irvin. Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin are responsible for drafting the teams and we see on the field who did better. The most competitive people you’re going to find in this game is probably Rice and Irvin, I know Michael Irvin wants to win at least. The majority of players are enjoying a free vacation to Hawaii, nothing more. This one kicks off at 2:00 local time and 7:00 EST.
We didn’t know who was going to be on the teams before a few days ago when the draft took place. I think that one was broadcasted on ESPN2. It takes a real hardcore football fan to tune in for that. The real bet in this game should be an OVER/UNDER on how many times the announcers mention the Odell Beckham one-handed catch, or his ability to make one-handed catches in general. It has gotten too far, and they really need to cool it with the Beckham plugs. We get it, we’ve seen the play a million times, we’ve heard the media talk about it a million times. Enough is enough. In any case, expect Beckham to try and make a one hander for the fun of it. Let’s look into the rosters and ascertain which we are leaning for the NFL Pro Bowl.
Team Rice vs. Team Irvin NFL Pro Bowl Betting Odds:
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Team Rice vs. Team Irvin Pick:
There is one team you won’t find in the Pro Bowl: the New England Patriots. Because of “injuries” or for the simple fact that the organization hates the NFL, all seven players declined to go to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Gronkowski needs to rest up for another summer of Gronk tour so we can totally understand why he won’t be there. Russel Wilson and Eli Manning went 1-2 in the draft. Eli going second in a fantasy draft? Yeah, you can tell that a lot of players won’t be there, including all of the Panthers and Broncos are preparing for the Super Bowl in San Francisco. Team Irvin is represented by Russel Wilson, Jameis Winston, and Teddy Bridgewater. I’m not even going to touch on the trend there between those three quarterbacks, but leave it to Irvin.
On the other side, Jerry Rice went with Eli, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Taylor. This game doesn’t feature some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger are all absent. However, I think there are quarterbacks in this game that are going to want to put on a show. None of the above would care. Notably, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Tayor should be looking to play well. Who had that group playing in the Pro Bowl in August? What I’m trying to get at is I think there might be a chip on their shoulders. Not a lot of people had the chance to see either of those three play this season, as the Buccaneers, Raiders, and Bills were never in the big primetime games. While this is an exhibition game, it’s on ESPN in primetime on a Sunday night, there will be people watching.
The total opened at 77.5 and fell to 70.5. A similar thing happened last season, which opens up a huge middle opportunity. At around 70 I like the OVER, I think it falls somewhere between 70 and 77 so the middle is alive in the Pro Bowl. Although, it won’t hurt the sportsbooks nearly as much as a Super Bowl middle. That could happen given the history of the spread. Anyways, sign me up for the OVER 70.5.
PICK: OVER 70.5 POINTS (-110)