A Quick Preview of the 2019 Pro Bowl
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As the NFL season nears its conclusion, one of the staples of the sport looms large on the horizon – the Pro Bowl.
The NFL’s version of an All-Star game usually is a bit light on hard-hitting defensive plays, but it offers a fantastic opportunity for fans to see some of their favorite players play in offensive shootout games surrounded by unlikely teammates.
When else will you be able to see Russell Wilson slinging the ball deep to fantastic pass catchers Julio Jones and Adam Thielen?
Here’s everything that you need to know about this year’s Pro Bowl.
Where & When is the 2019 Pro Bowl?
This year’s game is set to take place on January 27, 2019, the week before the Super Bowl, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. In the past, the game was usually held at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, but the league decided to move the game to Orlando in order to make it easier and more financially sensible for fans to attend in person.
Where to Get Pro Bowl Tickets?
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How Are the Players Selected for the Pro Bowl?
Players are selected to the Pro Bowl through an interesting voting system which consists of three separate votes: one from the fans, one from the players and one from the coaches. Each of these three votes is weighted equally.
Due to the game’s proximity to the Super Bowl, players that are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl are not allowed to play in the Pro Bowl. Alternate players are called in for those who cannot play due to Super Bowl commitments or injuries.
Who Will Play in the 2019 Pro Bowl?
Some of the big names that have been confirmed to play for the AFC this year include Steelers running back James Conner, Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins, Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt, Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard and Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were all voted into the game as starters, but we won’t know if they’ll be at the Pro Bowl just yet as they’re taking on the Colts in the Divisional round this weekend.
For the NFC, former Pro Bowl MVP Russell Wilson was named to the team just a few days ago alongside dynamic Falcons wideout Julio Jones, rookie running back Saquon Barkley and shutdown corner Patrick Peterson. The NFC also has quite a few players that were selected as starters that are still in the playoffs such as Drew Brees, Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Thomas and Zach Ertz.
Pro Bowl 2019 Predictions
While it’s notoriously hard to try and figure out what will happen during any All-Star game, the AFC has actually won back-to-back contests.
Even though the AFC has been successful as of late, we’re going to pick the NFC to come out on top. Our main reason for picking the NFC to win comes down to a trio of fantastic players who seem built for success in the Pro Bowl: Russell Wilson, Saquon Barkley and Julio Jones. Offensive players tend to make the largest impact in the All-Star game and given the fact that Wilson has won a Pro-Bowl MVP before, the NFC should have the firepower it needs to put up more points than the AFC.