Looking Beyond Pro Bowl Lines

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Pro Bowl lines show that the Dallas Cowboys have 12 players on the NFC squad while the New England Patriots lead the AFC teams with 8 players.

Players are chosen from balloting from players, coaches and fans.  Let’s look at Pro Bowl lines and players that may have been slighted in the Pro Bowl selection process.

Pro Bowl lines will have the AFC favored in the game because the AFC has dominated the NFC in recent regular season and in Super Bowl action.  Some of the players are getting into the Pro Bowl based more on reputation and that could be a factor in Pro Bowl betting.  Miami defensive end Jason Taylor, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis and Ravens tackle Jon Ogden are in on reputation and not performance and won’t impact Pro Bowl lines.  Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs had a weak season and doesn’t deserve a selection.  There are many players that should be in the game and would impact Pro Bowl lines but they are not.  It is very surprising that David Garrard from Jacksonville is not in the game.  He made fewer mistakes than Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger who made the game and the Jags beat the Steelers.  The Patriots should have another starter that could impact Pro Bowl lines.  Wes Welker had a great year and should be in making a mark versus Pro Bowl lines.  Antonio Gates probably won’t play for San Diego so Kellen Winslow should get in and he may impact Pro Bowl lines.  Another Cleveland player that belongs in the game is offensive lineman Joe Thomas.  Cleveland is a team that didn’t get much respect according to Pro Bowl betting experts.  Defensive back Leigh Bodden had 80 tackles to rank second among all AFC cornerbacks.  He should be in the game according to Pro Bowl betting experts. Mike Scifres, the punter from San Diego far deserves the honor more than Oakland’s Shane Lechler.  Scifres is without question the NFL’s best punter according to Pro Bowl betting experts.

Pro Bowl lines in the NFC are also missing some players that should be in the game. Drew Brees should be playing instead of Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck and impacting Pro Bowl lines.  His receiving target, Marques Colston should also be in the game and he could have impacted Pro Bowl lines.  The final snub in terms of marquee players according to Pro Bowl betting experts is at kicker where Mason Crosby should be in with the year he had instead of Nick Folk.

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