It will be the AFC vs. the NFC once again in the Pro Bowl as the NFL has gone back to the traditional format for the 2017 game. The league went to the mess that was the drafting process for the Pro Bowl in the last three years with Team Rice beating Team Sanders in 2014, Team Irvin beating Team Carter in 2015 and last year it was Team Irvin beating Team Rice. The last time it was AFC vs. NFC was in 2012 with the NFC winning 62-35. Let’s look at Sunday’s game, the rosters and Pro Bowl picks.

The Pro Bowl takes place on Sunday, January 29th with a start time of 8 pm Eastern on ESPN.


The NFC is almost assuredly going to be favored in this game simply because they have the better roster. The AFC roster has been decimated with none of the New England players in the game since the Patriots are in the Super Bowl. All three of the quarterbacks for the AFC had to be replaced as it will be Andy Dalton in for Tom Brady, Alex Smith in for the injured Derek Carr and Philip Rivers in for the injured Ben Roethlisberger.

The star power for the AFC simply isn’t there as none of Pittsburgh’s big there of Roethlisberger, Brown or Bell is playing. It is going to look more like a San Diego Chargers team with Rivers handing the ball off to Melvin Gordon. The AFC does have some defensive talent but defenses don’t play hard for the most part in the Pro Bowl so how much does it really mean to have Von Miller, Marcus Peters and Eric Berry on the field?

The NFC will be missing the Atlanta players but they do have the Dallas Cowboys players on the roster. Dak Prescott should be the starter at quarterback with Ezekiel Elliott behind him at running back and Dez Bryant at receiver. The NFC will have three Dallas linemen opening holes plus the NFC should know how to run the offense as Jason Garrett is the head coach. And don’t forget that the NFC has David Johnson who can do it all at running back.


AFC Pro Bowl Roster


Wide receiver: Antonio Brown*, Steelers; Amari Cooper*, Raiders; A.J. Green, Bengals; T.Y. Hilton, Colts

Tackle: Joe Thomas*, Browns; Donald Penn*, Raiders; Taylor Lewan, Titans

Guard: Marshal Yanda*, Ravens; Kelechi Osemele*, Raiders; David DeCastro, Steelers

Center: Rodney Hudson*, Raiders; Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers

Tight end: Travis Kelce*, Chiefs; Delanie Walker, Titans

Quarterback: Tom Brady*, Patriots; Derek Carr, Raiders; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Running back: Le'Veon Bell*, Steelers; DeMarco Murray, Titans; LeSean McCoy, Bills

Fullback: Kyle Juszcyzyk*, Ravens


Defense end: Khalil Mack*, Raiders; Cameron Wake*, Dolphins; Jadeveon Clowney, Texans

Interior linemen: Geno Atkins*, Bengals; Ndamukong Suh*, Dolphins; Jurrell Casey, Titans

Outside linebacker: Von Miller*, Broncos; Lorenzo Alexander*, Bills; Brian Orakpo, Titans

Inside/middle linebacker: Dont'a Hightower*, Patriots; C.J. Mosley, Ravens

Cornerback: Marcus Peters*, Chiefs; Aqib Talib*, Broncos; Casey Hayward, Chargers; Chris Harris Broncos

Free safety: Devin McCourty*, Patriots; Reggie Nelson, Raiders

Strong safety: Eric Berry*, Chiefs

Special Teams

Punter: Pat McAfee*, Colts

Kicker: Justin Tucker*, Ravens

Long snapper: Morgan Cox*, Ravens

Return specialist: Tyreek Hill*, Chiefs

Special teamer: Matthew Slater*, Patriots

Replacements (as of 1-25-17)

Quarterback: Alex Smith, Chiefs, for Carr (injured); Andy Dalton, Bengals, for Brady (Super Bowl), Philip Rivers, Chargers for Roethlisberger (injured)

Running back: Jay Ajayi, Dolphins, for McCoy (injured); Melvin Gordon, Chargers, for Le'Veon Bell (injured)

Center: Jeremy Zuttah, Ravens, for Maurkice Pouncey

Linebacker: Zach Brown, Bills, for Dont'a Hightower (Super Bowl); Ryan Shazier, Steelers, for C.J. Mosley (injured)

Guard: Richie Incognito, Bills, for Yanda (injured)

Center: Eric Wood, Bills, for Ryan Kalil (injured)

Tackle: Andrew Whitworth, Bengals, for Penn (injured)

Wide receiver: Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos, for Cooper (injured); Jarvis Landry, Dolphins, for Green (injured); Demaryius Thomas, Broncos, for Antonio Brown

Defense end: Carlos Dunlap, Bengals, for Clowney (injured); Leonard Williams, Jets, for Mack (injured)

Strong safety: Darian Stewart, Broncos, for Berry (injured)

Free safety: Eric Weddle, Ravens, for McCourty (Super Bowl)

Punter: Dustin Colquitt, Chiefs, for McAfee (injured)

Special teamer: D.J. Alexander, Chiefs, for Slater (Super Bowl)

NFC Pro Bowl Roster


Wide receiver: Julio Jones*, Falcons; Odell Beckham*, Giants; Mike Evans, Buccaneers; Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Tackle: Tyron Smith*, Cowboys; Trent Williams*, Redskins; Jason Peters, Eagles

Guard: Zack Martin*, Cowboys; Brandon Scherff*, Redskins; T.J. Lang, Packers

Center: Travis Frederick*, Cowboys; Alex Mack, Falcons

Tight end: Greg Olsen*, Panthers; Jordan Reed, Redskins

Quarterback: Matt Ryan*, Falcons; Aaron Rodgers, Packers; Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Running back: Ezekiel Elliott*, Cowboys; David Johnson, Cardinals; Devonta Freeman, Falcons

Fullback: Mike Tolbert*, Panthers


Defensive end: Everson Griffen*, Vikings; Cliff Avril*, Seahawks; Michael Bennett, Seahawks

Interior linemen: Aaron Donald*, Rams; Gerald McCoy*, Buccaneers; Fletcher Cox, Eagles

Outside linebacker: Vic Beasley*, Falcons; Ryan Kerrigan*, Redskins; Thomas Davis, Panthers

Inside/middle linebacker: Bobby Wagner*, Seahawks; Luke Kuechly, Panthers

Cornerback: Janoris Jenkins*, Giants; Patrick Peterson*, Cardinals; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Xavier Rhodes, Vikings

Free safety: Harrison Smith*, Vikings; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Packers

Strong safety: Landon Collins*, Giants

Special teams

Punter: Johnny Hekker*, Rams

Kicker: Matt Bryant*, Falcons

Long snapper: Jake McQuaide*, Rams

Return specialist: Cordarrelle Patterson*, Vikings

Special teamer: Dwayne Harris*, Giants

Replacements (as of 1-25-17)

Tight end: Jimmy Graham, Seahawks, for Reed (injured)

Running back: Jordan Howard, Bears, for Johnson (injured)

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, for Rodgers

Offensive tackle: David Bakhtiari, Packers for Peters (injured)

Guard: Trai Turner, Panthers, for Scherff (injured), Josh Sitton, Bears, for Lang (injured)

Outside linebacker: K.J. Wright, Seahawks, for Kerrigan (injured)

Inside/middle linebacker: Sean Lee, Cowboys, for Kuechly (injured)

Interior linemen: Linval Joseph, Vikings, for Donald (injured)

Kicker: Matt Prater, Lions, for Bryant (Super Bowl)

* Indicates starter

Pro Bowl Picks

The NFC simply has the better offensive talent and in a game where very little defense is played that should be the difference so I will take the NFC.