NFL Pro Bowl 2013: Date, AFC and NFC Rosters, Predictions and More
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.
Which team will win the Pro Bowl?
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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|SS||Eric Berry||Kansas City Chiefs|
|SS||LaRon Landry||New York Jets|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Winning Team: AFC
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
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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