The 2020 Pro Bowl will continue the NFL’s long-standing tradition of holding an all-star showcase at the end of the season. After a couple years of experimenting with a draft and captains, the game is now returning to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format for the fourth consecutive season. As usual, fans will have the option to wager on the outcome and many bettors will take this opportunity to get some action on the penultimate contest of the campaign, a final chance before next week’s Super Bowl leads into a long offseason.
The AFC is favored in the 2020 Pro Bowl, laying 1.5 points to their NFC counterparts. The AFC has won all three of the Pro Bowls that have taken place since the NFL ended its experiment with Hall of Famers picking the rosters from the entire pool of talent and will look to extend that run this year. The public has taken note of these trends and is overwhelmingly backing the AFC, with 72% of the wagers and 87% of the money bet against the spread for that conference. The total on the game is 51.5 points, a relatively low number when you consider the average score of the Pro Bowl over the last 15 years has been more than 65 points. Defense has taken center stage in recent years, however, with each of the last three contests landing under the total and the average combined score reaching just 37.7 points across those matchups. Despite this, the public is by and large projecting a high-scoring affair, with a whopping 90% of tickets on the over at this juncture.
Will the AFC continue its Pro Bowl dominance with another victory on Sunday, or will the NFC finally notch a victory in the NFL’s all-star game after a long dry spell? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com
Pro Bowl 2020 Viewing Guide And Odds
When: Sunday, January 26
Kickoff Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Watch: ABC / ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Point Spread: AFC -1.5
Total: 51.5 points
Coaches: NFC – Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks), AFC – John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Rosters And Replacements: The full 88-man rosters, including the replacements for those that have withdrawn or are participating in Super Bowl LIV, for both the AFC and NFC can be found at NFL.com
Prize Money: Players from the winning team receive $74,000 and those on the losing side will get $32,000.
2020 Pro Bowl Media
B/R Gridiron posted each of the new rules being trialed at the 2020 Pro Bowl:
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is hoping that the Pro Bowl will be a way for his players to bond as well as get over their upset as the AFC’s No. 1 seed by the No. 6 Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs (via SI.com):