NFL betting lines could be affected if players keep pulling out of the game.
NFL odds for the Pro Bowl on January 31st won’t have some big names in the game. New England quarterback Tom Brady and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald are just two of the bigger names that won’t be in the game. There will be more big names pulling out as well. Keep in mind this is the first time that the Pro Bowl has ever been held the week before the Super Bowl. That means the two teams that make it will not have their players in the Pro Bowl. Even some of the players from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC Championship will probably decline to go since it was just a week since they will have played in NFL betting lines.
The Patriots have already had three of their players pull out of the NFL odds contest. In addition to Brady, wide receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker are not going to play. NFL odds have Brady being replaced on the roster by Houston quarterback Matt Schaub so it is not a big loss. Schaub had the better season anyway and should have been picked over Brady. NFL odds stats had Schaub leading the league in passing yards with 4,770. New England will still have offensive lineman Logan Mankins, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and safety Brandon Meriweather.
NFL betting lines indicated that with the injury to Fitzgerald, Steve Smith of the New York Giants now gets the call as the replacement. NFL odds indicated that New York has not had a wide receiver picked to the Pro Bowl since 1968. Smith led the NFC with 107 catches. "I realize how significant it is at the position I play, by being the first Giants wide receiver to be named to the Pro Bowl in such a long time.” Smith said, "I plan to represent my teammates, my coaches and the entire Giants organization well, because I know I would not have made it without their support."
NFL odds have another player that will not be making the trip in Arizona cornerback Dominique Rogers-Cromartie. He will be replaced by Dallas cornerback Terrence Newman. He had five interceptions and 23 pass breakups this NFL betting lines season. He is now the seventh Dallas player to make the Pro Bowl team.