Last night, the NFL announced the rosters for the 2012-2013 Pro Bowl. In terms of number of players selected from each team, the New England Patriots came in third with seven players selected (the San Francisco 49ers had nine players selected while the Texans had eight players chosen). Of the Patriots' players selected, there were few surprises with all seven players selected (Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker, Matthew Slater, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Rob Gronkowski) having been selected to the Pro Bowl before.
Having these seven players selected is a tribute to the talent of the Patriots both individually and collectively, especially considering that the Pats are without two of the players chosen to the Pro Bowl from last year's team.
All seven players hope that during Pro Bowl week they will be preparing for the Super Bowl rather than lounging in Hawaii. In any case, though, the Super Bowl is no guarantee in this league. Therefore, we should take some time to analyze each Pro Bowl choice for the Pats on the off (and unfortunate) chance that they actually have to play in the game.