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2022 Pro Bowl NFL Odds, Preview and Prediction

By Hank Blaine

While we have to wait another Sunday for Super Bowl 56 between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, the AFC/NFC Pro Bowl is Sunday afternoon from Las Vegas. Here’s a look.

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2022 Pro Bowl Game Information

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Pro Bowl History

While some may not care about the Pro Bowl, it’s going to do great ratings on ESPN and ABC and great betting action because it’s the only football action of the week. It’s also drawing interest in Las Vegas itself as the game at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is tracking as the most expensive on record on the secondary ticket market.

The average ticket purchase price for the NFL’s annual all-star game is tracking at $190, according to no-fee ticket broker TickPick. The 2015 event saw the second highest average purchase price at $152.

“This is the most expensive Pro Bowl on record at TickPick, likely because its location is a sought out vacation destination and easier to travel to compared to when it was in Hawaii,” the company said in a statement.

The past four Pro Bowls were held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando before Las Vegas was awarded the game for the 2020 season (which was moved to 2021 since last year’s game was cancelled).

New Rules for the 2022 Pro Bowl

In one twist, there will be no opening kickoff in the game or at the start of the second half. The head coach or captain of the visiting team will call heads or tail and the winner of the “toss” will choose between “spot” and “choose”:

Spot: Place the ball on the field for the first play of the first quarter, including the designation of direction OR choose: Decide whether to start on offense or defense from the other team’s designated spot or direction.

Regardless of which privilege is chosen by the winner of the toss, Privilege A (Spot) is to be exercised before Privilege B (Choose), so that the selection of whether to play offense or defense is made after the starting field position is chosen. To start the second half, the loser of the start-of-game coin toss has the option to choose one of the two privileges, with the other team given the other. The Ravens proposed the “spot and choose” change to overtime procedures last year and it was not approved.

In addition, after any score the team that just scored can take the ball back after scoring but would get the ball on their own 25-yard line and the down and distance would be 4th and 15. If it is successful, it will maintain possession as normal, and if not, the result is a turnover. This rule essentially was to eliminate onside kicks but can be used at any time. The Pro Bowl will also feature a 35/25 second play clock instead of the normal 40/25 second clock.

Who’s Playing in the 2022 Pro Bowl?

Per usual, a lot of big names have opted not to play, including supposedly retired Tom Brady of the Bucs and maybe-retired Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. No players from the Super Bowl Rams or Bengals are in the game.

The Chargers’ Justin Herbert will start at quarterback for the AFC. He is the first Chargers quarterback to be selected as a Pro Bowl starter since fellow-Oregon alum Dan Fouts in 1983, a span of 38 years. Herbert is among the 48 first-time selections to this year’s Pro Bowl, which is the third-most in a single season. Rodgers was to start for the NFC but it probably will now be the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray. Arizona has five Pro Bowl selections, its most since 2015.

Since the NFL went back to the AFC/NFC format following the 2016 season, the AFC is 4-0 and leads 25-22. Mike Vrabel and his Titans staff will coach the AFC and Matt LaFleur and his Packers staff the NFC.

2022 Pro Bowl Expert Betting Predictions

2022 Pro Bowl Pick: AFC

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