NFL Pro Bowl 2012: Rosters, Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2012

HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Drew Brees, #9 of the New Orleans Saints, shares a laugh with Devin McCourty, #32 of the New England Patriots, after the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. NFC won 55-41 over the AFC. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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The NFL has by far the most intrigue of any sport in America, but they have by far the worst all-star game as well.

There will be no blitzing, no press coverage and no trips sets, and we'll be lucky to see tackling in the 2012 Pro Bowl. Players make the trip to Hawaii to enjoy the fun, sun and a likely family vacation—not a real football game. The last thing they want to do is get hurt in any way, shape or form.

It is not easy to fake a football game and it certainly doesn't make it exciting when players avoid contact. It is not necessarily their fault; it is the way the game is set up, but it doesn't do much for fans at all.

HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Cheerleaders pose during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Having said that, come Sunday we'll be one week away from the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl is the only game on TV.


Where: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu

When: Sunday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. EST

Watch: NBC


Spread (via Scores and Odds): NFC -4

With Aaron Rodgers starting, Drew Brees coming off the bench and Cam Newton behind him, it is hard to see how the AFC defense will ever be able to stop the NFC offense.

Rodgers and Brees will pick apart any defense, and Newton is a complete and total wild card in the backfield playing in his first Pro Bowl.

Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Andy Dalton simply don't match up against the NFC signal-callers.

Neither do the AFC running backs, nor the AFC wide receivers for that matter.

The NFC simply has too much talent at the skill positions.


Over/Under (via Scores and Odds): 72.5

Defensive stands will come few and far between, and the only way these offenses will be slowed down is themselves.

A combination of Rodgers and Brees vs. Roethlisberger and Rivers firmly gives the NFC an advantage in not turning the ball over or making a crazy throw, but the AFC QBs like to throw and in this game points will come with it.

They'll go over.


Rosters (by position)

*-denotes starter
x-denotes out because of injury
y-denotes replacement for injured or Super Bowl player
z-will not play; Super Bowl participant


DENVER, CO - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Denver Broncos during the Wild Card Playoffs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 8, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Je
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*z-Tom Brady, New England
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Philip Rivers, San Diego
y-Andy Dalton, Cincinnati


*-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
Drew Brees, New Orleans
z-Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants
y-Cam Newton, Carolina 




*x-Ray Rice, Baltimore
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
x-Arian Foster, Houston
y-Ryan Mathews, San Diego
y-Willis McGahee, Denver


ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

*-LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia
Matt Forte, Chicago
x-Frank Gore, San Francisco
y-Marshawn Lynch, Seattle 




*-Vonta Leach, Baltimore


*x-John Kuhn, Green Bay
y-Michael Robinson, Seattle



CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 11:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass while defended by Johnathan Joseph #26 of the Houston Texans during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/G
Andy Lyons/Getty Images


*z-Wes Welker, New England
*-Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
A.J. Green, Cincinnati
Brandon Marshall, Miami
y-Vincent Jackson, San Diego


*x-Calvin Johnson, Detroit
*-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Steve Smith, Carolina
Greg Jennings, Green Bay
y-Roddy White, Atlanta




*z-Rob Gronkowski, New England
Antonio Gates, San Diego
y-Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01:  Antonio Gates #85 of the San Diego Chargers runs past Lito Sheppard #21 of the Oakland Raiders for a touchdown at Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


*-Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta




*-Joe Thomas, Cleveland
*x-Jake Long, Miami
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets
y-Ryan Clady, Denver


*-Jason Peters, Philadelphia
*-Joe Staley, San Francisco
Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans




*z-Logan Mankins, New England
*z-Brian Waters, New England
Marshal Yanda, Baltimore
y-Ben Grubbs, Baltimore
y-Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets


*-Jahri Evans, New Orleans
*-Carl Nicks, New Orleans
Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay



Nick Mangold is Santa Clause?
Nick Mangold is Santa Clause?Rob Carr/Getty Images


*x-Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh
Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets
y-Chris Myers, Houston


*-Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Scott Wells, Green Bay




*-Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
*x-Andre Carter, New England
Elvis Dumervil, Denver
y-Antonio Smith, Houston


*-Jared Allen, Minnesota
*-Jason Babin, Philadelphia
z-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants
y-Julius Peppers, Chicago

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 1: Julius Peppers #90 of the Chicago Bears and Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings speak after their game on January 1, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Bears d
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images




*-Haloti Ngata, Baltimore
*z-Vince Wilfork, New England
Richard Seymour, Oakland
y-Geno Atkins, Cincinnati


*-Justin Smith, San Francisco
*-Jay Ratliff, Dallas
B.J. Raji, Green Bay



LATROBE, PA - JULY 29:  James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks down to the field during training camp on July 29, 2011 at St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images


*x-Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
*-Von Miller, Denver
Tamba Hali, Kansas City
y-James Harrison, Pittsburgh


*-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
*-Clay Matthews, Green Bay
x-Lance Briggs, Chicago
y-Chad Greenway, Minnesota




*-Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City


*-Patrick Willis, San Francisco
x-Brian Urlacher, Chicago
y-London Fletcher, Washington

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 22:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after he sacked Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in the second half during the NFC Championship Game at Candlestick Park on January 22, 2012 in San Francisco, Cali
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images




*-Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
*-Champ Bailey, Denver
Johnathan Joseph, Houston


*-Charles Woodson, Green Bay
*-Carlos Rogers, San Francisco
y-Brandon Browner, Seattle
Charles Tillman, Chicago



BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 15: Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates their 20-13 win over the Houston Texans during the AFC Divisional playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 15, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images


*-Ed Reed, Baltimore
Eric Weddle, San Diego


*-Earl Thomas, Seattle
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco




*x-Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh
y-Brian Dawkins, Denver


-Adrian Wilson, Arizona
y-Cam Chancellor, Seattle



AFC - Shane Lechler, Oakland

NFC - Andy Lee, San Francisco



AFC - Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

NFC - David Akers, San Francisco



AFC - Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

NFC - Patrick Peterson, Arizona


Special Teamers


z-Matthew Slater, New England
y-Montell Owens, Jacksonville


SEATTLE - DECEMBER 01:  Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 1, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Corey Graham, Chicago



Jon Condo, Oakland


Prediction: NFC 42, AFC 35

MVP: LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles