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

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

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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.

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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

 

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QBs

AFC

*z-Tom Brady, New England
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
Philip Rivers, San Diego
y-Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

NFC

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

 

RBs

AFC

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

NFC

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

 

FBs

AFC

*-Vonta Leach, Baltimore

NFC

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

 

WRs

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AFC

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

NFC

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

 

TEs

AFC

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

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NFC

*-Jimmy Graham, New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta

 

OTs

AFC

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

NFC

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

 

OGs

AFC

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

NFC

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

 

Cs

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AFC

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

NFC

*-Ryan Kalil, Carolina
Scott Wells, Green Bay

 

DEs

AFC

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

NFC

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

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DTs

AFC

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

NFC

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

 

OLBs

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AFC

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

NFC

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

 

ILBs

AFC

*-Ray Lewis, Baltimore
Derrick Johnson, Kansas City

NFC

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

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CBs

AFC

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

NFC

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

 

FSs

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AFC

*-Ed Reed, Baltimore
Eric Weddle, San Diego

NFC

*-Earl Thomas, Seattle
Dashon Goldson, San Francisco

 

SSs

AFC

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

NFC

-Adrian Wilson, Arizona
y-Cam Chancellor, Seattle

 

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AFC - Shane Lechler, Oakland

NFC - Andy Lee, San Francisco

 

PKs

AFC - Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland

NFC - David Akers, San Francisco

 

KRs

AFC - Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

NFC - Patrick Peterson, Arizona

 

Special Teamers

AFC

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

NFC

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Corey Graham, Chicago

 

LS

Jon Condo, Oakland

 

Prediction: NFC 42, AFC 35

MVP: LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles

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