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July 15, 2019, GMT+0000, 21:02 pm
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Las Vegas Handicaps the NFL Pro Bowl as an Absolute Toss-Up

The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an All-Star Game, and as players have become more and more high-priced commodities in the modern era, the postseason contest has become less and less competitive.

Fans attending the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida can expect to see elite NFL athletes participating in essentially a touch football game. Quarterbacks are left alone at the Pro Bowl, and there won’t be any vicious tackles or collisions such as the controversial play in the NFC title game that earned Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Los Angeles Rams a fine this week.

But there will be awesome QB-to-WR connections, terrific tailbacks, leaping defenders, and potentially a high-scoring result. Pro Bowl scores from 2010 through 2014 each tallied between 75 and 100 points, but since then the NFL has tried tinkering with the format…with mixed results.

2019’s American Football Conference representatives will be led by QB Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, alongside substitute-signal callers Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Deshaun Watson of Houston. Watson’s teammate DeAndre Hopkins leads the receiving corps while J.J. Watt will provide an uncharacteristically sporting edge rush at defensive end. Lamar Miller, another Houston Texan, is a late addition in the offensive backfield.

The NFC team has been plagued with QB substitutions that could make the offense ill-suited for a wide-open passing circus. Dual-threats Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears will join fellow scrambler Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, each looking to pass to Prescott’s teammate Amari Cooper at WR. Another Cowboy newcomer, rookie phenom Leighton Vander Esch, will take his spot next to Olivier Vernon of the New York Giants and Wilson teammate Bobby Wagner at linebacker.

Despite any discrepancy at QB, Vegas oddsmakers are calling the Pro Bowl a straight 50-50 toss-up. Each squad’s moneyline is exactly (-110) at MyBookie, with a (55) Over/Under total and “Pick’em” point spread.

The 2019 Pro Bowl will kick off at 12 PM Eastern Time this Sunday 1/27 at Camping World Stadium.Photo from YouTube.

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