A Look at the All-Star NFL Pro Bowl Game 2018
Orlando played host to a game that saw some of the best players of the NFL feature. It all went down at Camping World Stadium where the roster brought the stars and replacements together in a bid to take the pro title before the Super Bowl.
2018 NFL Pro Bowl
Sun Jan 28, 3 p.m. ET
Camping World Stadium, FL
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It was noted that many stars were out on injury. Also, the Patriots and Eagles players would happily keep off this game as they saved the best for last. However, this did not mean that there were no favorites on the list. The young talent was welcomed as people watched this game eagerly.
You will remember that the old format of the Pro Bowl came back in 2016. This is where the NFC faced AFC to determine the pro champion of the season. The traditional format was seen as a better way of doing things. In the 2016 season, many MVP players emerged including the tight end of the Kansas City Chiefs Travis Kelce and Lorenzo Alexander who was the Buffalo Bills linebacker. It is common knowledge that this Bowl brings out surprising results where MVP winners are concerned. Despite odds makers stating that the NFC was a sure favorite to take the game, the opposite happened as the AFC once again emerged winner.
Those who did not think much about Ben Roethlisberger should have thought twice. There is no question that players like him can only increase Steeler odds for next season. In Orlando, Big Ben as he is commonly called drove the campaign to see the AFC win once again. Before the game, the predictions and roster information brought out many sentiments and conclusions from fans and critics. Names like Wilson, Goff and Brees were enough to classify this roster as one of the best in a long while for NFC.
Wilson was the favorite MVP candidate with an impressive yardage of 3,983 and 34 touchdowns. On the other and, Drew Brees was the notable Saints player with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the past season. There was every reason to believe that this pool of talent would create a captivating engagement and they did not disappoint. The AFC took the win with NFC conceding to a 24-23 defeat. For the most part, it seemed like the NFC was slowly crushing the AFC. However, AFC defense seemed to have gotten a wind of new life and in the final moments of the game, the scores were in and the NFC was humbled.
The game was played at a very raining stadium and for the very first time since 2008, the game started during the afternoon. Many viewers were used to watching the game at prime time. It was live on ESPN and ABC. For the second year, the battle ground was Orlando marking the continuity of the traditional format of the NFL game. The victory can be attributed to the joint effort of the star players that participated. In the AFC roster was Derek Carr who managed 115 yards with a touchdown. The talent of Roethlisberger also featured coupled with the addition of Smith and Brown. This lineup fully catered to the passing.
McCoy, Hunt and Bell were the rushers who made this tantalizing game all the more intriguing. Von Miller was named the defensive MVP as he handled Goff to take the win. The offensive MVP was Walker who recorded two touchdowns in the game. This battle was indeed full of surprises considering that odds were bent on an NFC victory. All in all, the prize money was a very good incentive to have the players put their best foot forward. This precursor to the Super Bowl gave fans a chance to see their best players in action. Nothing would really prepare the fans for Super Bowl 2018 and the surprises it came with.


AFC Roster
Offense 
QB Tom Brady, New England (I)*
QB Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (I)
QB Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh 
QB Alex Smith, Kansas City (R)
QB Derek Carr, Oakland (R)
RB Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh*
RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City
RB LeSean McCoy, Buffalo
FB James Develin, New Engl and (I)*
FB Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh (R)
WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh*
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston (I)
WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati (I)
WR Jarvis Landry, Miami (R)
WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis (R)
WR Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers 
TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City (I)*
TE Rob Gronkowski, New England (I)
TE Delanie Walker, Tennessee (R)
TE Jack Doyle, Indianapolis (R)
OT Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh*
OT Taylor Lewan, Tennessee*
OT Donald Penn, Oakland (I)
OT Russell Okung, Los Angeles Chargers (R)
G Kelechi Osemele, Oakland*
G David DeCastro, Pittsburgh*
G Richie Incognito, Buffalo
C Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh* 
C Rodney Hudson, Oakland
 
Defense
DE Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers (I)*
DE Calais Campbell, Jacksonville (I)*
DE Khalil Mack, Oakland (I)
DE Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers (R)
DE Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville (R)
DE Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh (R)
DT Geno Atkins, Cincinnati*
DT Jurrell Casey, Tennessee*
DT Malik Jackson, Jacksonville
OLB Von Miller, Denver*
OLB Jadeveon Clowney, Texans (I)*
OLB Terrell Suggs, Baltimore
OLB Telvin Smith, Jacksonville (R)
ILB C.J. Mosley, Baltimore*
ILB Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh (I)
LB Joe Schobert, Cleveland (R)
CB A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville*
CB Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville*
CB Aqib Talib, Denver
CB Casey Hayward, Los Angeles Chargers
FS Eric Weddle, Baltimore*
SS Reshad Jones, Miami*
SS Micah Hyde, Buffalo (I)
SS Kevin Byard, Tennessee (R)
 
Special Teams 
K Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh*
P Brett Kern, Tennessee*
Returner: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City*
Special Teamer: Matthew Slater, New England (I)*
Special Teamer: Brynden Trawick, Tennessee (R)
 
NFC Roster
Offense 
QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia (I)*
QB Russell Wilson, Seattle
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans
QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams (R)
RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams
RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans
RB Mark Ingram, New Orleans
FB Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 
WR Adam Thielen, Minnesota*
WR Julio Jones, Atlanta (I)*
WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (I)
WR Davante Adams, Green Bay (R)
WR Doug Baldwin, Seattle (R)
TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia (I)*
TE Jimmy Graham, Seattle (I)
TE Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota (R)
TE Jason Witten, Dallas (R)
OT Tyron Smith, Dallas (I)*
OT Trent Williams, Washington (I)*
OT Lane Johnson, Philadelphia (I)
OT Joe Staley, San Francisco (R) 
OT Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams (R)
OT Duane Brown, Seattle (R)
G Zack Martin, Dallas (I)*
G Brandon Books, Philadelphia (I)*
G Brandon Scherff, Washington (I)
G Trai Turner, Carolina (R)
G T.J. Lang, Detroit (R)
G Larry Warford, New Orleans (R)
C Alex Mack, Atlanta*
C Travis Frederick, Dallas
 
Defense 
DE Everson Griffen, Minnesota (I)*
DE Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas*
DE Cameron Jordan, New Orleans
DE Michael Bennett, Seattle (R)
DT Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams (I)*
DT Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia (I)*
DT Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay
DT Mike Daniels, Green Bay (R)
DT Linval Joseph, Minnesota (R)
OLB Chandler Jones, Arizona*
OLB Ryan Kerrigan, Washington*
OLB Anthony Barr, Minnesota (I)
OLB Thomas Davis, Carolina (R)
ILB Luke Kuechly, Carolina (I)*
ILB Bobby Wagner, Seattle (I)
ILB Deion Jones, Atlanta (R)
ILB Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay (R)
CB Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota*
CB Patrick Peterson, Arizona*
CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans
CB Darius Slay, Detroit
FS Earl Thomas, Seattle*


 


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