NFL Pro Bowl Recap

The Pro Bowl is in the books now and there is nothing that can stand in the way of the Super Bowl. In the second year of using a Hall of Fame Captain and conducting a fantasy draft, Team Irvin and Team Carter produced an exciting, highly competitive and watchable game. In the end, Michael Irvin walked away with the victory and the bragging rights, beating Cris Carter, 32-28. This game may be pointless, and just a softer, more toned down version of the game we love to watch on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and sometimes Saturdays, but there are still some points to be taken away from last nights game. Here is my recap of the Pro Bowl.

J.J. Watt is a star. In a game that featured some spectacular offensive plays, Watt was all over the place, picking off a pass and recovering a fumble. The Team Carter captain proved why he was selected first by the former Vikings receiver, taking home Co-MVP of the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Odell Beckham, Jr. is also the real deal. He made some spectacular catches in this game including a laid out one handed reception from Matthew Stafford. The future is very bright for this young receiver.
Brent Grimes might be the best cover corner no one talks about. Grimes, a day after he declared one of his interceptions this season was better than Beckham’s catch against the Dallas Cowboys, made an incredible interception for Team Irvin against Drew Brees, placing his team in position to mount a comeback a take the victory from Team Carter. With 7 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, Grimes stole the ball right out of T.Y. Hilton’s hands in the end zone. This was definitely the turning point of the games.
Matthew Stafford may need a new line. The Georgia product and the Lions 1st overall pick back in 2009 had himself a day, throwing for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns, on his way to being named the Co-MVP. The Team Irvin quarterback gave a glimpse of what he could be if given enough time in the pocket for his receivers to get open deep down field. The Lions could be a potential Super Bowl team if they give their quarterback the protection he needs.
The Pro Bowl is back and should be a game the fans look forward to for the future. In the past, the Pro Bowl featured the greatest players playing something that resembled a lax two hand touch rather than the NFL brand of football. It was unwatchable almost, and the viewership was not there. But with this new fantasy draft format, there is the fire, the competitiveness seen in the games during the season. Players were trying to win rather than trying to avoid getting hurt. Michael Irvin and Cris Carter brought the intensity up another notch, smack talking each other throughout the game. It wasn’t patty cake football, but rather a showcase of the greatest football players that the NFL has to offer today (or who weren’t hurt or playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday). If you missed this years Pro Bowl, I highly recommend you tune in next season. These games are now must see sporting tv.
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