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There is one significant game left in the 2021 NFL season, and that’s Super Bowl LVI. Sunday’s Pro Bowl is more of a celebration than an intense competition. However, it’s still likely to be a lot of fun.
Last year’s Pro Bowl was a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the classic AFC-NFC showdown will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
As is usually the case, several Pro Bowl nominees retired from the game due to injury or for personal reasons. Members of the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams, of course, have another reason to skip the game: they will play the Super Bowl on February 13.
Many stars will be on the pitch though, including Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Deebo Samuel, Jonathan Taylor and Dalvin Cook.
A full breakdown of the list can be found here.
NFL Pro Bowl 2022
Dated: Sunday February 6
Start time: 3 p.m. ET
Direct: ESPN app
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Pro Bowl Jerseys
The NFL changes its Pro Bowl uniforms from year to year, which adds a fun element to every game. The AFC jersey usually features a variation of red, while the NFC sports blue, although there have been exceptions.
A year after Nike took over as the NFL’s kit supplier, for example, the theme for AFC and NFC uniforms was neon. This year, however, it’s back to a clean, classic look for both conferences.
Overview and forecast
The Pro Bowl will be a conference matchup for the fifth time since the league implemented a draft format from 2014 to 2016. While this aspect of the game is familiar, the NFL is testing a new idea instead of shots. ‘mail.
“The winner of the opening coin toss will instead have the option of spotting the ball anywhere on the pitch while designating the direction, or choosing to start in attack or defense from the designated spot. Regardless of the privilege chosen, the team determining the point must announce the starting position on the field before the other team can decide whether to play attack or defense. The loser of the toss will have the first choice between the two privileges to start the second half.“
Between “kickoff” plays, we’ll likely see a lot of what we’ve seen in recent Pro Bowl years: lots of offense and only the occasional big defensive stop. The players do not seek to injure themselves during an exhibition.
Because of this, we can expect quarterbacks like Mahomes, Herbert, Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray to be the stars of the show.
However, the prediction here is that a quarterback will not be named Offensive MVP. Since quarterbacks rotate, we could see a star passer like Stefon Diggs, Travis Kelce or Samuel take the prize instead.
The quarterbacks were named Offensive MVPs in 2019 and 2020. Tight Ends won the award the previous two years. Considering Samuel’s ability to dominate as a receiver and as a runner, it would be anything but a surprise to see him named MVP.
Expect running backs Jonathan Taylor and Nick Chubb to put on a show as well. Both are physical ball carriers, and with players reluctant to hit hard defensively, bringing them down is going to be a problem.
Chubb may also have extra motivation after losing to linebacker Micah Parsons in the NFL’s Fastest Man race.
Because of backs like Chubb and Taylor – and because the three initial QB selections will be in the game, while Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers retired for the NFC – the AFC has a strong chance of winning its fifth straight Pro Bowl. .
Expect a clutch play or two to help the AFC get ahead late.
Score prediction: AFC 33, NFC 30
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