The Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, will host the Pro Bowl 2022 match between NFC and AFC on Sunday afternoon. Since the All-Stars match returned to the NFC vs AFC format, the NFC team hasn’t celebrated a win. The 2021 edition didn’t take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This will be an excellent occasion to see the best NFL players of the season in one place. Of course, there will be a few exceptions since some of them are injured, while The Rams’ and the Bengals’ players will likely skip this game due to the Super Bowl preps. Nevertheless, we should expect an entertaining clash on Sunday afternoon.
NFC – Can they break the rival’s domination?
The NFC team hasn’t celebrated success since the re-introduction of the current format. They lost four times in a row and were the closest to the victory in 2018 when they suffered a narrow 24-23 defeat. However, Matt LaFleur, the Green Bay Packers coach, will have the opportunity to change the NFC team’s fortune. He has so many superstars at his disposal, and the NFC roster is packed with the biggest NFL names. Aaron Rodgers will likely be the starter for the NFC team, while Tom Brady should have the central role, as this should be his final game.
The legendary 44-year-old quarterback announced his retirement at the end of the season, and since the Bucs failed to make it to the Super Bowl, this should be his farewell game. Therefore, I expect him to spend a lot of time on the field. Besides these two extraordinary QB’s, Kyler Murray will be there as a backup. It’s questionable whether Cooper Kupp will participate, but Davante Adams should be an equally good solution for Wide Receiver. There will definitely be plenty of talent for the NFC team, and we’ll see will it be enough to end the AFC team’s dominance.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Cordarrelle Patterson, Davante Adams, Justin Jefferson, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Trent Williams, Zack Martin, Jason Kelce, Chris Lindstrom, Tyron Smith
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Brian Burns, Nick Bosa, Micah Parsons, Bobby Wagner, Chandler Jones, Robert Quinn, Trevon Diggs, Darius Slay, Budda Baker, Harrison Smith, Vita Vea
Quarter Back: Aaron Rodgers
Kicker: Jake Elliott
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AFC – Will they continue their streak?
The AFC team has enjoyed much more success over the past several Pro Bowl editions. They managed to book four straight victories, and the most comfortable one took place in 2018 as they celebrated 26-7. The Tennessee Titans coach, Mike Vrabel, has the honor to lead the AFC team to the fifth straight victory. His roster doesn’t lack superstars, as the Chargers’ superstar Justin Herbert will lead the AFC team’s offense. The last Pro Bowl QB starter, Lamar Jackson, will miss this one due to an injury, and Mac Jones from the New England Patriots should take his place as the QB backup.
Jones had an excellent rookie season, and it’s expected that he tastes some action in this Pro Bowl match. Nevertheless, Justin Herbert should be under the spotlight in this encounter, as he is the second in the NFL regular season passing yardage charts. The ground game should be another strong weapon in Vrabel’s hands, as he has Jonathan Taylor, the best running back in the regular season, at his disposal.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Jonathan Taylor, Tyreek Hill, Stefon Diggs, Diontae Johnson, Mark Andrews, Rashawn Slater, Orlando Brown, Corey Linsley, Quenton Nelson, Joel Bitonio
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Myles Garrett, Maxx Crosby, T.J. Watt, Matt Judon, Darius Leonard, Denzel Perryman, J.C. Jackson, Xavien Howard, Kevin Byard, Derwin James, Denzel Ward
Quarter Back: Justin Herbert
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Expert Pick #1 – NFC to Win @+100
It is going to be an exciting match, and I believe all spectators will enjoy the clash of the teams packed with the NFL superstars. However, this might be a good opportunity for the NFC team to break its losing streak, and I’m going to back them in this one. Therefore, my first pick will be the NFC team to win on the plus money odds.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 62.5 @-110
I expect to see a good offensive action between these two sides. They should entertain the crowd and produce a high-scoring game. Their latest encounter reached the 70s, and I see this one going over the margin as well. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – NFC Over 30.5 @-115
As this game should be Tom Brady’s last of his career, I expect the NFC team to be very agile in the offense. It won’t surprise me if they score more than XX points, and that’s the pick I’ll back as the second alternative.