What: AFC-NFC Pro Bowl Game
When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando
Spread: Are you serious? (Still go to Vegasinsider.com if you need more)
Here’s what to watch:
There will be four representatives in the NFL’s version of an All-Star game on Sunday afternoon. First, starters named for the AFC defense are corner Jalen Ramsey of the Jaguars and safety Xavien Howard of the Dolphins. It’s the second straight trip for Ramsey to the game, despite the Jags pitiful showing down the stretch of the year finishing at 5-11. He had a decent season by his standards and still remains one of the top coverage DBs in footabll. Howard was one of the top interceptors in the NFL, when he was injured in Week 13. He didn’t return with his knee injury the rest of the way. So, it will be interesting to see how much he plays in this game that doesn’t mean anything in terms of won-loss.
Two more players on the respective clubs for the Pro Bowl include wide receiver Mike Evans (above) from the Bucs on the NFC. Evans was third in the NFL in receiving yards this past season and it’s his second Pro Bowl nod. And, finally, defensive end Calais Campbell of Jacksonville will also play, as he replaced J.J. Watt of Houston due to injury. Campbell is also in the game for the second straight year. He had 10.5 sacks in 2018 making him the first Jaguar ever to have back to back 10 sack seasons.
-QB’s on Display
Some of the biggest names that were voted in as starters will not be playing that includes Jared Goff and Tom Brady, who were getting ready for the Super Bowl and Drew Brees lost in the NFC championship game last week and has opted out. However there will be names like Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson replacing them.
It is a quarterback-driven league and this is a total offensive showcase. So, look for big numbers to be flying out of the hands of all the QBs of both the AFC and NFC.
-Finally the NFL will use several Innovations in televising this game and other experiments.
That includes multiple players having two-way communication with multiple coaches on the sidelines. Currently, it’s restricted to one player communicating with one coach at a time on either offense or defense.
Also the NFL we’ll experiment with the game clock and the play clock to try to see, if it helps with the pace of play. There will also be a camera utilized under the goal post that has 360 degree panoramic view and will help with reviews on the back goal line of the endzone.
Fans watching the game will also see use of “Next-Gen Stats” service that the NFL and broadcast networks have been using, as part of their game broadcasts for last few years. In this case, they will be streaming in real time on the screen. Examples will be velocity of a ball being thrown or m.p.h. of a player running, etc.
While this could make things even more cluttered on screen, it still will provide ultimate information to the hardcore fans as the action unfolds play to play.
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