NFC and AFC team will define the Pro Bowl 2020 winner next Sunday, January 26, 2020. Photo credit: Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
3:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 26, 2020
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
What impressive stars collection will collide at the NFC – AFC Pro Bowl 2020 next Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The Pro Bowl allows every year to see some of the best players in the NFL in action, just a sunny Sunday to enjoy a great game before the big 2020 season’s finale, the Super Bowl LIV.
The NFC team, with former Falcons’ quarterback Michael Vick as Team Leader, has lost the last three games in a row and is being very close to match their longest losing strike: four games between 1977 y 1980. To avoid that, the NFC needs to beat wizard and next MVP Lamar Jackson, who has been voted as the AFC team starting quarterback along with a really strong defense lead by linebacker Von Miller from Denver Broncos. Could NFC’s coach Pete Carroll and his crew turn the history around to win this game? That’s the question everyone is making now.
The NFC team
2018 Pro Bowl ended 26-7 for the AFC team and the NFC team could score only until the fourth quarter when were down for 20-0. The NFC need to step up and move the chains from the beginning. The NFC team tried only 29 passes and 9 rushes while the AFC team had 46 passes and 18 rushes giving them more than 36 minutes of possession.
Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson is the one called to lead the NFC team and use the amazing firepower brought by players like wide receiver Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints; running back Delvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings; and wide receiver Amari Cooper from Dallas Cowboys who combined sum an impressive 4,568 offensive yards, more than the total yards achieved by the Pittsburg Steelers in regular season.
Russel Wilson is again the main star for the NFC team. Photo credit: Stephen M. Dowell /Orlando Sentinel
The first mission for Wilson is to overcome cornerbacks Tre’Davious White and Stephon Gilmore to reach his targets. White and Gilmore posted six interceptions each during this season, which makes them really difficult to defeat in personal coverages. After Russel Wilson’s appearance will be the turn for quarterback Drew Brees, who holds four NFL records: career pass touchdowns, career pass completions, career completion percentage, and career passing yards. Brees continues making history throwing for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns with a 116.3 passer rating in 11 games this season.
The AFC team
The AFC team arrives at Orlando with 13 players from the Baltimore Ravens, including megastar Lamar Jackson. The AFC starting quarterback will be surrounded by three of his teammates in the offensive line and by fullback Patrick Ricard and running back Mark Ingram, although the starting running for the AFC will be Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns. Chubb ran for 1,494 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season just 46 yards to the 1,540 yards reached by the powerful Derick Henry.
Besides Jackson, Henry is the man to follow in the AFC offense, and along with Chubb, he will drill the NFC defensive line a little bit at the time. If the defensive line is busy trying to contain Henry and Chubb, then Lamar Jackson becomes more dangerous, and that is very bad news for the NFC team.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson has the power to make the difference in the Pro Bowl 2020. Photo credit: Reuters
The key for the AFC team relies on their running game as the air attack is stronger on the NFC’s side, but the AFC still can surprise with wide receivers Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos, and Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers. Sutton had a 15.4 yards per reception average in the regular season while Allen brought 109 receptions to the Charger’s offense. And if that weren’t enough, the AFC team has in quarterback Deshaun Watson another wizard able to extend the plays, win yards in third-down and complete plays apparently impossible to make.
Can the NFC win this time?
Defensive end Nick Bosa and cornerback Richard Sherman will attend the Super Bowl LIV with the San Francisco 49ers, so they won’t be part of the Pro Bowl. Both players make any defense better, and surely the NFC team will miss them, especially Bosa, who has the speed and ability to stop someone so slippery as Lamar Jackson. The role of each defense will define the fate of this game as both offensives are strong enough to win any matchup.
Final Score: AFC to win 27-24 but doesn’t cover the spread
Spread: NFC +1.5 (26%) / AFC -1.5 (74%)
O/U: 45 Over (52%) / Under (48%)