NFL Pro Bowl 2013
Tonight could spell the beginning of the end for the NFL Pro Bowl should the players not make it competitive. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated he could end the Pro Bowl after 2013 should the player not put a better effort in making it a more entertaining match-up where the players visible put an effort on the field on both sides of the ball.
Defense has mostly been the issue with the Pro Bowl as teams just don’t play it. Both teams defenders are afraid of going 100% or even close to that in fears of an injury, and this makes for a game like last year that ended 59-41 with the winners being AFC. With the game seemingly watered down to where it is considered flag football by even the announcers, it leaves the spectators scratching their head yearly questioning whether there should even be a Pro Bowl game.
QB Peyton Manning of the Broncos who passed for 4,649 yards with 37 touchdowns to only 11 interceptions is leading the AFC team, Tom Brady QB of the Patriots was selected for the Pro Bowl but will sit due to injury with Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck taking his spot, and Matt Schaub QB of the Houston Texas sitting as the third QB.
The AFC running backs is led by Texans back Arian Foster who rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns on 351 carries. Second selection was Kansas City Chiefs Jamaal Charles who was the lone bright point for KC this season and rushed for 1,509 yards and 5 touchdowns with a nasty 5.3 average yards per carry. Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl but will sit it out due to being a Super Bowl participate leaving Buffalo Bills C.J. Spiller to fill in his spot.
The NFC has a bunch of QB’s injured for the Pro Bowl and will have a roster primarily of injury reserve Bowl alternates. Packers Aaron Rodgers, Falcons Matt Ryan, and Redskins Robert Griffin III are all injured and will not be participating. Taking their places will be Saints Drew Brees, Giants Eli Manning, and Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson.
The runningbacks for the NFC are Vikings phenom Adrian Peterson who eclipsed the 2,000 rushing yard marker this season, Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, and Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin filling in for Frank Gore a Super Bowl participant for the San Francisco 49ers.
No defensive selections will be mentioned as they simple do not show up to play , this might as well be a glorified super star flag football game. Based on the level of play the only prediction I can actually make here is that this game will go well over the total set at BetDSI Sportsbook of 80 points.