Introduction: What is the Pro Bowl?
The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s annual all-star game. Every year, the best players from the National Football League (NFL) face off to determine who is better: Team Offense or Team Defense. The Pro Bowl takes place on January 27th and this year has a new format with changes that will be introduced to the 50-year old tradition.
Team captains and former NFL players choose their teams by position and draft players for their team. The top vote-getters at each position are selected to play in the Pro Bowl, so it is always a mix of young rising stars and seasoned veterans playing. Every player already has an invitation to the game but they must be confirmed with their team’s approval and acceptance of their invitation. The selected players then choose the team captains that will draft them into whatever position they would like.
Last year, the head coaches for the teams were determined by fan votes, but this year is different as both teams will have a former NFL player as head coach: Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans) for Team AFC and Deion Sanders (NFL Network) for Team NFC.
The game will also have a new format with an increased focus on competitive play as teams will now be competing to win the Pro Bowl trophy. The game is split into two halves of 11 minutes each (plus 2-minute warning), and the team that scores the most points at the end of both halves is declared the victor. The winning team will have $80,000 donated to a player charity of their choice while each player on the winning team gets $58,000. Every drafted player on the winning team will get at least $28,000 in addition to pocketing what they made from stats and accolades in the game.
The Pro Bowl is an important game for many players because it is one of the few opportunities to play in a competitive NFL game outside of the preseason and the Super Bowl. It also gives young players a chance to learn from some of the best players in the league.
When is the Pro Bowl 2019?
The Pro Bowl is scheduled for January 27th, 2019. The game will be televised on ESPN and will kickoff at 3:00pm EST. You can also stream the Pro Bowl live on WatchESPN and the NFL Mobile app.
Key Matchups in the Pro Bowl 2019
There are many key matchups to watch in the Pro Bowl this year. Some of the most intriguing matchups include:
-Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Tom Brady (New England Patriots): two of the best quarterbacks in the league going head-to-head
-Alvin Kamara (New Orleans Saints) vs. Todd Gurley II (Los Angeles Rams): one of the most exciting young running backs in the NFL against one of the best running backs in the NFL
-Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): one of the best wide receivers in the NFL against one of the best wide receivers in the NFL
-Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers): two of the best tight ends in the NFL going head-to-head
-Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Saquon Barkley (New York Giants): two of the best young running backs in the NFL facing each other for the first time
-Calais Campbell (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams): one of the most dominant defensive players against one of the most dominant defensive players in the NFL.
The Super Bowl is a football game played annually by the best teams in the NFL. It is also an event that has been called “the greatest single sports event in America.” The Pro Bowl, on the other hand, is a post-season all-star game for professional American football players from the United States, who are selected from their respective conferences by members of their fellow players and coaches.