Prisco's Pro Bowl picks: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees edge Brady
The NFL's Pro Bowl teams will be announced Friday night. Pete Prisco gives you his picks following the new league format. It's no more AFC vs. NFC.
The NFL will reveal the Pro Bowl teams Friday night. Or should I say popularity-contest teams?
That's what they have become, thanks in large part to the fan vote and the players not really knowing as much about their opponents as you would think.
Unlike past years the Pro Bowl teams won't be broken down by conference. The NFL is changing the way teams are picked. The top vote getters at each spot, regardless of conference, will go to the Pro Bowl. The teams will then be divided up in a draft.
Here's how I think it should go down:
I was considering picking full teams for both conferences, but decided to follow the NFL blueprint. I get it. They're trying to drum up interest in a game that means nothing.
Of course, it means a lot if you don't get picked.
My teams have left and right tackles and left and right guards. That's the way you play the game, right? It's tough because the right tackle spot is down in both leagues, yet I won't give in and put another left tackle in as a starter. They are different positions.
So pick it apart you will and when the NFL Popularity teams are announced compare and contrast. I bet you'll like my teams a lot better even if it isn't AFC vs. NFC anymore.
Just missed: Anthony Sherman, Chiefs.
Wide Receiver -- Starters: Josh Gordon, Browns; Calvin Johnson, Lions; A.J. Green, Bengals; Alshon Jeffery, Bears. Backups: Demaryius Thomas, Broncos; Antonio Brown, Steelers, Pierre Garcon, Redskins; Dez Bryant, Cowboys.
Tackle -- Starters: Joe Thomas, Browns (LT); Jordan Gross, Panthers (LT); Orlando Franklin, Broncos (RT); Phil Loadholdt, Vikings (RT). Backups: Trent Williams, Redskins (LT); Andrew Whitworth, Bengals (LT).
Kicker -- Starters: Matt Prater, Broncos; <player idref=er, Ravens.
Cornerback -- Starters: Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Broncos. Backups: Vontae Davis, Colts; Jimmy Smith, Ravens; Darrrelle Revis, Bucs; Joe Haden, Browns.
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