NFL Pro Bowl 2013: Date, AFC and NFC Rosters, Predictions and More

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NFL Pro Bowl 2013: Date, AFC and NFC Rosters, Predictions and More
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The Pro Bowl is a chance to celebrate the top superstars from across the NFL. While every player would say they would much rather be preparing for the Super Bowl, a trip to Hawaii to play alongside the game's best isn't a bad consolation prize.

As always, the intensity level will be low, and the scores will be high, but that's what makes the Pro Bowl fun and unique. And, since there are only two football games left before the offseason, plenty of fans will tune in to watch the star-studded exhibition.

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Let's take a look at the key information for Sunday's game, followed by rosters for both teams and some predictions for the 2013 Pro Bowl.

 

Where: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii

When: Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC

 

AFC Roster

Offense

Position Player Team
QB Peyton Manning Denver Broncos
QB Tom Brady New England Patriots
QB Matt Schaub Houston Texans
RB Arian Foster Houston Texans
RB Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
RB TBA TBA
FB Marcel Reece Oakland Raiders
WR A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
WR Andre Johnson Houston Texans
WR Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts
WR Wes Welker New England Patriots
TE Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
TE Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati Bengals
T Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns
T Duane Brown Houston Texans
T Andrew Whitworth Cincinnati Bengals
G Logan Mankins New England Patriots
G Richie Incognito Miami Dolphins
G Wade Smith Houston Texans
C Maurkice Pouncey Pittsburgh Steelers
C Chris Myers Houston Texans

 

Defense

Position Player Team
DE J.J. Watt Houston Texans
DE Cameron Wake Miami Dolphins
DE Elvis Dumervil Denver Broncos
DT Geno Atkins Cincinnati Bengals
DT Vince Wilfork New England Patriots
DT TBA TBA
OLB Von Miller Denver Broncos
OLB Tamba Hali Kansas City Chiefs
OLB Robert Mathis Indianapolis Colts
ILB Jerod Mayo New England Patriots
ILB Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs
CB Champ Bailey Denver Broncos
CB Johnathan Joseph Cincinnati Bengals
CB Antonio Cromartie New York Jets
FS TBA TBA
SS Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs
SS LaRon Landry New York Jets

 

Special Teams

Position Player Team
K Phil Dawson Cleveland Browns
P Dustin Colquitt Kansas City Chiefs
KR Josh Cribbs Cleveland Browns
ST Matthew Slater New England Patriots
LS John Denney Miami Dolphins

 

NFC Roster

Offense

Player Position Team
QB Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
QB Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
QB Eli Manning New York Giants
RB Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
RB Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks
RB Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FB Jerome Felton Minnesota Vikings
WR Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears
WR Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons
WR Victor Cruz New York Giants
WR Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE Tony Gonzalez Atlanta Falcons
TE Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys
T Russell Okung Seattle Seahawks
T Jermon Bushrod New Orleans Saints
T Trent Williams Washington Redskins
G Josh Sitton Green Bay Packers
G Jahri Evans New Orleans Saints
G Chris Snee New York Giants
C Max Unger Seattle Seahawks
C Jeff Saturday Green Bay Packers

 

Defense

Position Player Team
DE Jason Pierre-Paul New York Giants
DE Julius Peppers Chicago Bears
DE Jared Allen Minnesota Vikings
DT Henry Melton Chicago Bears
DT Ndamukong Suh Detroit Lions
DT Gerald McCoy Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OLB Chad Greenway Minnesota Vikings
OLB Ryan Kerrigan Washington Redskins
OLB Anthony Spencer Dallas Cowboys
ILB Daryl Washington Arizona Cardinals
ILB London Fletcher Washington Redskins
CB Charles Tillman Chicago Bears
CB Tim Jennings Chicago Bears
CB Patrick Peterson Arizona Cardinals
FS Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks
FS TBA TBA
SS TBA TBA

 

Special Teams

Position Player Team
K Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings
P Thomas Morstead New Orleans Saints
KR Leon Washington Seattle Seahawks
ST Lorenzo Alexander Washington Redskins
LS Don Muhlbach Detroit Lions

 

Predictions

Winning Team: AFC

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It's a race to 50 points, and the AFC has slightly more firepower. The NFC's most dynamic weapon is Adrian Peterson, which is actually a disadvantage in this type of game because it's going to come down to throwing early and often.

The AFC features four terrific wide receivers, all of whom play different roles within their respective offenses, and two of the best quarterbacks to ever step foot on an NFL field in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. They should move the ball with ease.

Having a player like J.J. Watt on defense, who is making his first Pro Bowl appearance and might not be aware of the usual lackluster effort on that side of the ball, also helps. It should be a close game throughout before the AFC gains the edge late.

 

MVP: A.J. Green

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The Pro Bowl is a wide receiver's dream. After spending the first four months being harassed by cornerbacks, they can spend a couple hours running wild in the secondary. At least a few of them are going to put up monster stats.

For the AFC, Green is the best bet to make that happen. The Cincinnati Bengals star finished the regular season with 97 catches for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. The young phenom should be the busiest AFC receiver on Sunday playing with three wideouts with at least five appearances.

If the NFC comes out on top, Victor Cruz would be a sleeper pick for MVP. The New York Giants receiver might have to come up with some new dance routines because he'll probably be tired of the salsa by halftime.

 

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