The NFL has gone a different rout for the 2014 Pro Bowl as it will not be AFC vs NFC, but Team Rice vs Team Sanders. As always the Pro Bowl takes place in Hawaii and has a start time of 7:30 pm (Est). It will be televised tonight on NBC. Vegas Odds have Team Rice listed as 1.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 89.5.
Rosters: For the first time the NFL will be using an "Unconferenced Format" for the Pro Bowl. Jerry Rice and Dion Sanders have been named captains for their respective teams and they both took part in a draft, drafting players, over a two day event, from both conferences to be on their teams. Chuck Pagano has been named to coach Team Sanders, while Ron Rivera will coach Team Rice. The guys did a nice job of drafting as the teams look preyty even, although team Rice should have a n edge at QB, with Brees and Rivers over Luck and Cameron.
Jerry Rice got the first picks of the draft and went with Drew Brees with his first pick. Brees will be backed up by Philip Rivers and Alex Smith. Other selections made by Team Rice were St Louis defensive end Robert Quinn, New Orleans' offensive guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs, Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis, center Ryan Kalil and fullback Mike Tolbert of the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, Arizona Cardinals special teamer Justin Bethel, St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker, Indianapolis Colts long snapper Matt Overton, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy.
He also went Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden, tackle Joe Thomas and wide receiver Josh Gordon, Chicago wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers, Miami defensive end Cameron Wake, Carolina tackle Jordan Gross, Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson, Washington outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, Arizona outside linebacker John Abraham, Chicago running back Matt Forte, Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Tennessee safety Alterraun Verner, New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski, Kansas City returner Dexter McCluster, New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict, New Orleans defensive end Cameron Jordan, San Francisco safety Eric Reid, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray and tackle Tyron Smith, Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston, Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd, Chicago wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Dallas DT Jason Hatcher and a pair of teammates in Buffalo DTs Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus.
Team Sanders will have Andrew Luck at QB and he will be backed up by Cam Newton and Nick Foles. Other selections by Team Sanders were Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, New England Patriots guard Logan Mankins, Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece, New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater, Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields and Panthers long snapper J.J. Jansen, Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant, Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green, Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly, Kansas City safety Eric Berry and Miami cornerback Brent Grimes.
Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, Houston tackle Duane Brown, Washington tackle Trent Williams, Kansas City outside linebacker Tamba Hali, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy, San Diego safety Eric Weddle, Kansas City tackle Branden Albert, Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny, Buffalo outside linebacker Mario Williams, Baltimore outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, Washington running back Alfred Morris, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Chicago cornerback Tim Jennings, Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker, Minnesota kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, Cleveland safety T.J. Ward, Dallas tight end Jason Witten and Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron.
New Rules for the Pro Bowl are as such...
- Kickoffs have been eliminated and each team starts on their own 25-yard line
- Two-minute warnings in all four quarters
- Clock stops if offense gains less than a yard, but runs after an incomplete pass (except last 2 minutes 1H and last 5 minutes 2H)
- Defenses can use multiple pass coverages now (instead of just man-to-man)
- Possession changes at end of each quarter
- Play clock lowered from 40 seconds to 35 seconds
PREDICTION: UNDER 89.5
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