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Odds and Interest: a Look at the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl

January 26th, 2013 at 12:34 PM
By Giants 101

After a one-year hiatus from the Aloha State, the Pro Bowl heads back to the Aloha Stadium in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii. In what could be the NFL’s last Pro Bowl game, the organizers and players hope to give the fans one hell of a show.

While obviously not as widely bet as NFL Playoff games, the Pro Bowl still offers bettors plenty of betting options.

New York Giants Excellence

The Pro Bowl will feature four players from the Giants. Eli Manning will now be flying to Honolulu after Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled out for injury reasons. This will be his third Pro Bowl appearance.

Guard Chris Snee will protect Eli in the hot Hawaii sun; the lineman will be competing in his fourth Pro Bowl. Jason Pierre-Paul will start for the NFC on the defensive line and will make his second straight Pro Bowl appearance. Finally, wide out Victor Cruz makes his Pro Bowl debut.

Popular Player and Team Props

We’ll go over some popular team and players and see which team might have an advantage. We were browsing on our phones looking for the current odds (thanks to this site for the info on mobile sportsbooks), but it appears the linesmakers are waiting closer to the date before putting up their odds. Anyway without further ado, here's a look at the game.

First to Score

The NFC gets the nod in this category. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his excellent arm strength is the starter and his wide receiving core is full of deep threat receivers. Wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, Victor Cruz and Vincent Jackson are all game breaking type of receivers. Also, Eli Manning’s inclusion to the Pro Bowl could increase Victor Cruz’s chances down the field.

The AFC side is a little less inspiring. Peyton Manning is not the best deep ball thrower despite his talent, and though the AFC has a strong core of talented wide outs, only A.J. Green is a true deep threat. Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker and Andre Johnson are extremely talented but are more possession type receivers.

Team to Score Longest Touchdown

Again, we like the NFC. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson could break off a run at on any given play and should see plenty of carries as the starter. No one has game breaking speed like Peterson.

As we covered above, we love the NFC’s aerial threats versus the more possession minded receiving core of the AFC. Though, the AFC has an impressive trio of running backs in Arian Foster, Jamaal Charles and Ray Rice.

The Pro Bowl is certainly unpredictable, but we like the NFC to score the game’s longest touchdown.

All touchdowns not scored by offense vs. All TDs scored by offense.

Odds will vary widely on this one.

In a game where blitzing is not allowed, and balls will be throw into coverage a lot, there will be plenty of turnovers which can go back the other way for a defensive score. Also, players will not be looking to head hunt on special teams, making this another area where a touchdown could easily be scored on defense or special teams. There have been so many return touchdowns this year against quality teams, how do you think a bunch of superstars that practiced for just a week will be on kick coverage? We’re guessing not well.

Who will win the game?

As with most Pro Bowl games, it is such a crapshoot to who ultimately comes away with the victory. The NFC has the better roster in our opinion.The AFC does not have those explosive game breakers we see featured in prominently for the NFC.

Also, defensively the NFC is stronger. Jason Pierre-Paul and Julius Peppers should cause plenty of problems up front for the AFC’s offensive line. Patrick Willis, Clay Matthews, Aldon Smith and Chad Greenway give the NFC an unmatched linebacking core. Also, the secondary is extremely strong with a duo of Bears’ cornerbacks manning each side of the field. Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings should be ready to roll after the Bears missed the playoffs.

The 2013 Pro Bowl kicks off at 2:00 pm local time at Aloha Stadium on Sunday, January 27th.

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Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Aldon Smith, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Chad Greenway, Chris Snee, Clay Matthews, Eli Manning, Football, Jason Pierre-Paul, Julio Jones, New York, New York Giants, NFL

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