The NFL’s Pro Bowl is not the most respected all-star game among professional sports, but it is a football game. With the NFL season ending in a week, fans will watch. But trying to predict who is going to win is tricky.
Players have come under fire in recent years because of an apparent lack of effort on the part of many participants. It is understandable that no one wants to get hurt in an exhibition game, but sometimes the effort has been so poor it has to be embarrassing.
But many players have taken offence to the criticism and have stepped up their effort. That doesn’t mean everyone will, but enough have to make the games appear to be much more competitive.
Both rosters are stocked with great players regardless of whether they were voted in or alternates. But predicting how much playing time guys are going to get is difficult.
So—who’s going to win?
Defence is hard to factor into the equation since the effort is suspect at best. That means the team with the better guys on offence could very well win the day.
Russell Wilson and Mitchell Trubisky will likely see the bulk of the snaps for the NFC. Wilson will have some incredible receivers to work with, and Trubisky will probably be handing off to Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliot early and often.
The AFC will certainly have the firepower at receiver, but who takes most of the reps at QB is a mystery (too many guys with injury issues).
When it comes down to it, the NFC has more firepower in this game. Take them to win over the AFC, straight up and against the spread. As for the over/under—recent history indicates the under is the safer bet.