What: NFL Pro Bowl
When: Sunday January 30, 2011, 7:00 p.m. EST
Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
Even though the Pro Bowl has no effect on Super Bowl betting, it is still fun to watch the best in the game get on the field one more time before the Super Bowl is played, and football is gone for seven months. This particular season has some added importance to the Pro Bowl because, judging by the way the NFLPA and the NFL are talking, there may not be any NFL predictions to make in 2011 as there may not be a season. But, for now, we look forward to the display of some of the best talent in the league as they kick off one last time in 2010-2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The AFC will send out quarterback Tom Brady to start the game. Brady will be throwing to wide receivers Andre Johnson of Houston and Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis. Let us also remember that San Diego tight end Antonio Gates will be out there as well. Running the ball for the AFC will be Jacksonville Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
On defense it is a combination that would rule the AFC if it ever got together on one team in a real game situation. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork of New England plays between defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis of Indianapolis. It looks like Terrell Suggs of Baltimore will start in place of Super Bowl bound James Harrison at linebacker, while Eric Berry of Kansas City plays safety for Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu.
The starting quarterback for the NFC will be Philadelphia’a Michael Vick. No matter what happens, Vick will put on a show for the fans watching the game. Atlanta’s Michael Turner will start at running back, and the wide receivers will be Roddy White of Atlanta, and Calvin Johnson of Detroit. Dallas stalwart Jason Witten makes the team as the tight end.
The NFC defensive line is another dream combination that would make any NFC team an instant Super Bowl contender. Rookie sensation defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh of Detroit plays between defensive ends Julius Peppers of Chicago and John Abraham of Atlanta. Antrel Rolle of the Giants will get the start at free safety in lieu of NFC champion Nick Collins, and Adrian Wilson of Arizona is the only strong safety on the roster.
The Pro Bowl is normally an offensive explosion, but defense has been taking center stage in the NFL the past few years and that will me a very competitive game. These guys will not go all out to try and win at all costs, but the rivalries built up between wide receivers and defensive backs should make this a great game to watch. The AFC has just a bit more to offer than the NFC, but that will not prevent it from being a good game for fans to watch.
BSNblog Pick: AFC