The 2013 Pro Bowl take places in Hawaii on Sunday. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm (Eastern) start time and will be televised on NBC. Currently the odds for the game have the AFC favored by 2 points while the total sits at 80. Check out Sportsbook Spy to see who the Public is taking on all of today's games.
Free Analysis: This marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Pro Bowl will be held one week prior to the Super Bowl, thereby removing members of the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, who will meet in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
The NFC has been hit particularly hard by the absence of San Francisco players since a conference-high nine 49ers were picked to play in Hawaii, marking nearly 21 percent of the conference's 43-man roster. That list included projected starters Joe Staley and Mike Iupati on the offensive line and Justin Smith, Aldon Smith, Patrick Willis, Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner from San Francisco's imposing defense. Running back Frank Gore and linebacker NaVorro Bowman also needed to be replaced.
Over in the AFC, six Ravens were tabbed for the contest: veteran safety Ed Reed and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata from Dean Pees' defense, running back Ray Rice, his lead blocker Vonta Leach and guard Marshal Yanda from the offense, along with return specialist Jacoby Jones.
There is still plenty of star power, however, including the two leading candidates for MFL MVP, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and Minnesota running back Adrian Paterson.
The 43-man teams are comprised of 21 offensive and 17 defensive players plus five specialists, including a long snapper. The AFC stars will be coached by John Fox and his staff from the Broncos while Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff will guide the NFC Pro Bowl squad for the second consecutive year.
Brandon Marshall was selected again this season as a member of the Chicago Bears but had to bow out due to injury, being replaced by Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Overall 16 players declined invitations, citing injury -- eight from both sides, including all three NFC quarterbacks -- the Packers' Aaron Rodgers, Atlanta's Matt Ryan and Washington's Robert Griffin III. The Saints' Drew Brees, New York's Eli Manning and Seattle rookie Russell Wilson stepped up as replacements for McCarthy.
Over in the AFC, Manning will be joined by rookie Andrew Luck of Indianapolis, a replacement of the injured Tom Brady, and Matt Schaub of Houston. Wilson and Luck are among 30 players making their debut in the 2013 version of the Pro Bowl, which is the 43rd meeting between the AFC and NFC All-Stars with the all-time series deadlocked, 21-21.
For the second time in Pro Bowl history -- and the second time in as many years -- this year's game will features two rookie quarterbacks, Luck and Wilson. Luck threw for an NFL-rookie record 4,374 yards this season, surpassing Cam Newton's mark of 4,051 set last year. Wilson, meanwhile, had 26 touchdown passes in 2012, tying Peyton Manning's rookie record from 1998. In 2012, Newton and Cincinnati's Andy Dalton became the first pair of rookie QBs to play in the same Pro Bowl.
Each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $50,000, while each on the losing end earns $25,000.
Free Pick: High scores have been the norm of late in the Pro Bowl, but Im don’t feel these teams can hit 80 points in this one so will we go with the Under.
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