Pro Bowl 2019 Betting Odds, Rosters and Snubs
After a long hard season, NFL fans and players will be treated to pre-Super Bowl spectacle on January 27th at 3:00 pm in Orlando as the best of the AFC and the best of the NFC go head to head in the Pro Bowl.
Following are the highlights and misses from the final rosters; who got in, who didn’t and should have, plus a history of this showcase event.
AFC Roster Highlights
The AFC’s team will have a well-rounded cast of superstars on both sides of the ball. Defensively they feature Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams, who is having his farewell party at the event, as he plans to retire next year. Backing him up are Houston’s JJ Watt and Denver’s Vonn Miller, who were 2nd and 5th in sacks, respectively, during the regular season with16 for Watt and 14.5 for Miller. Miami’s Xavien Howard will also be on the defensive end of the ball; he finished 7th in the league in interceptions with 7.
Meanwhile, the AFC will also have arguably the best collections of QBs to be seen at a Pro Bowl, as they will be fielding Patrick Mahomes, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and Deshaun Watson under center. Mahomes and Luck finished 2nd and 5th in passing yards in the regular season, while Watson and Rivers were the centerpieces of a potent offense on their respective teams.
Mahomes, Rivers, and Luck will also find that they have familiar targets in this game, as Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill and the Chargers WR Keenan Allen will both be on the field.
AFC Roster Snubs
The most glaring snub in perhaps the entire game is Indianapolis Colts Outside LB Darius Leonard. Leonard led the league in tackles in only his rookie season and was a full 19 tackles ahead of second place Blake Martinez of Green Bay.
Leonard is the runaway favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year for this season, so it is baffling that he is left out of the Pro Bowl.
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NFC Roster Highlights
In the NFC, the highlights on the roster include Dallas Cowboy’s RB Ezekiel Elliot, who lead the league in rushing yards during the regular season and Atlanta’s Julio Jones, who was the league leader in receiving yards. Those two will be fed the ball by a QB combo of Mitchell Trubisky of Chicago, Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay, and the Saint’s Drew Breese.
The NFC will also feature two of the more exciting offensive threats from the 2018 regular season in RB rookie sensation Saquon Barkley of the Giants and WR’s Michael Thomas of the Saints and Adam Thielen of the Vikings.
On defense, the NFC will feature Chicago Bears OLB Khalil Mack, Cowboy’s LB Leighton Vander Esch. Vander Esch was third overall during the regular season in tackles with 140, while Mack was an essential part of a Bears defense that ranked third overall in the regular season in total defense (YPG)
NFC Roster Snubs
RB Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers, who was a bright spot on a Panthers team that fell apart towards the end of the season, will not be at the Pro Bowl this season. McCaffrey was able to compile 1,098 yards and 7 touchdowns in only his second season in the NFL.
Dating back to 1970, the AFC has edged the NFC in Pro Bowl wins by a margin of two. The format changed to a schoolyard pick format from 2013 to 2015 but switched back in 2016 and has been the same ever since. This year will be the 49th installment of the event.