Pro Bowl 2019 : The 2019 Pro Bowl kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, pitting the AFC against the NFC. After a three-year hiatus in which NFL legends Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Cris Carter, and Deion Sanders picked teams, the Pro Bowl returned to the familiar
Time, TV, and streaming info
Pro Bowl 2019
Date: Sunday, Jan. 27
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
TV: ESPN, ABC, Disney XD
Streaming: WatchESPN, DisneyNow, ABC
AFC vs. NFC format for the 2016 season. Ever since then, the AFC has emerged victorious, winning 20-13 and 24-23. However, this year’s Pro Bowl odds have the game at a pick;em, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 60.5. Several players have pulled out of the showcase game, so before making any 2019 Pro Bowl picks of your own, you need to see what SportsLine NFL guru Mike Tierney is saying.
Tierney is a national sportswriter who has reported from seven Super Bowls, and he’s a sizzling 62-46 on all NFL point spread picks this season. Now, Tierney has studied the matchups and locked in his 2019 Pro Bowl picks. You can only see them at SportsLine.
Tierney knows one-third of the 2019 Pro Bowl roster has changed since it was first announced in December, as a number of players have elected not to take part. Those from the Patriots and Rams are gearing up for next week’s Super Bowl and won’t participate, either.
So what gives one team the edge on Sunday? With two rosters seemingly close in overall talent, one could point to those who are choosing to sit out.
The AFC has several notable players who were chosen but won’t suit up, including Steelers WR Antonio Brown, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and Texans DEs J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
The NFC has its own cast of standouts who will steer clear despite being elected, including Falcons WR Julio Jones, Eagles TE Zach Ertz, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Bears LB Khalil Mack and Panthers LB Luke Kuechly.
Of the six quarterbacks playing in the Pro Bowl 2019, the top three in terms of passing yards will all wear the red of the AFC. That includes leading NFL MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs star who passed for 5,097 yards and a league-leading 50 touchdowns. The Colts’ Andrew Luck (4,593 yards, 39 TDs) and the Texans’ Deshaun Watson (4,165, 26 TDs), who played each other on Wild Card Weekend, round out the AFC roster.
For the NFC, New Orleans’ Drew Brees had a solid season, though he ranked a surprising 13th in passing yards at 3,885. Dallas’ Dak Prescott (15th, 3,885 yards) and Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky (20th, 3,223 yards) will also play. All three went to the postseason, but didn’t make next week’s 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta.
If the game comes down to gaining yards on the ground, the NFC has the AFC whipped with the Nos. 1 and 2 rushers in the NFL leading the way. Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (1,434 yards, 77 receptions) and New York’s Saquon Barkley (1,307 yards, 91 receptions) are joined by do-it-all back Alvin Kamara of New Orleans (883 yards, 81 receptions). All three are highly lethal pass-catching backs, and Barkley even has two 40-plus-yard passing touchdowns this season.
The AFC’s roster of running backs is talented, but doesn’t include a 1,000-yard rusher. Pittsburgh’s James Conner and Houston’s Lamar Miller tied for 11th in the NFL with 973 rushing yards, while L.A.’s Melvin Gordon averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
For the Pro Bowl 2019, we can tell you Tierney is leaning toward the under, but his much stronger play is against the spread. He’s identified a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine. Super Bowl LIII is just one week away, and while the Rams and Patriots are preparing for an epic matchup, the rest of the league’s stars are in Orlando for the 2019 Pro Bowl.
The 2019 Pro Bowl will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on ESPN and ABC.
You can stream the game via the ESPN app and WatchESPN.
The Monday Night Football crew of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland will be in the booth.
Here are the original selections for the starting lineup for each conference. Players marked with an asterisk will be replaced by a reserve or alternate player.The 2019 Pro Bowl will feature 88 of the NFL’s top players—exactly half of whom are making their all-star debut—going head to head as they represent the AFC and NFC in what should be an exciting exhibition game. These all-stars may not be happy about playing this game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando instead of gearing up to compete in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next week, but fans should be stoked that there is still some football to watch on Sunday. While the outcome of the game may not matter for much, viewers can up the ante by placing a wager down the outcome.
Oddsmakers have made the betting line a pick ‘em, which means neither the AFC or NFC will be getting or laying points in the 2019 Pro Bowl. That indicates an evenly matched battle, which was exactly the case last year. Although the NFC was favored by 2.5 points, the AFC was able to pull an upset thanks to a strong second-half performance. Interestingly enough, not a single quarterback that helped orchestrate last year’s comeback win is on the AFC roster in 2019. Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith are out, while up-and-coming star Patrick Mahomes will start for the AFC, with Deshaun Watson (replacing Tom Brady, who will be participating in the Super Bowl) and Andrew Luck (replacing the injured Philip Rivers) waiting in the reserves. They’ll be trying to out-gun starting NFC quarterback Russell Wilson, who partook in last year’s event but failed to produce a touchdown, as well as NFC reserves Mitch Trubisky and Dak Prescott. The books are expecting these signal-callers to help produce plenty of points, with the over/under set at 55 points. That’s well below the 2018 edition of the Pro Bowl—which closed at a 66.5-point total—but isn’t surprisingly low given that last year’s contest finished with just 47 points on the board.
Will the NFC avenge its shortcomings last year and find a way to get a win for the conference for the first time since 2013 (the NFL switched the format of the Pro Bowl from 2014 through 2016) or will the AFC continue its dominance with a third straight victory? For those looking for advice on how to bet this game, you’ve come to the right place. Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has sent along his prediction on the outcome and you won’t want to miss who the Vegas expert has winning. Before getting to his pick, take a look at the complete schedule, starting kickoff time, TV info, updated odds and more for the 2019 Pro Bowl.