The Pro Bowl serves as the appetizer for the Super Bowl, and it’ll take on a different look this week as Denver and Seattle prepare for the NFL championship Super Bowl game with Denver a 1.5 pt favorite and the total set at 48.
Pro Bowl, Team Sanders vs. Team Rice – Sunday, 7:00 PM ET
The Pro Bowl won’t be a conference-vs.-conference affair this year as Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will pick the teams like a fantasy draft, with Drew Brees and Robert Quinn captaining one team and Jamaal Charles with J.J. Watt on the other side. Kansas City and San Francisco lead the way with eight Pro Bowlers apiece, while Seattle and Denver combined for 11 Pro Bowl players, although none will play due to their obligations next week. Rice and Sanders will pick the teams on Wednesday, which is when the line will probably come out, while the total should be sky-high as this game is known to be an offensive showcase with no hitting.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – Sunday, February 2nd, 6:25 PM ET
The early line is out for the Super Bowl and Denver is favored by 1.5 points in New Jersey next week, but there is still a lot of time for that to move either way. The Seahawks and Broncos were a popular pick to make it to the big game prior to the season, but both had to claw and battle to get here and stood up to tough challenges during the conference-championship games. Seattle got down early against San Francisco, but fought back to take the third meeting of the season against their NFC West rivals in a violent game. Meanwhile, Denver’s Peyton Manning outplayed his longtime rival, Tom Brady as the Broncos held on to eliminate New England in a game that wasn’t as close as the 10-point gap would say.