The most anticipated week of the NFL season is finally ... not here yet. That event takes place next week, when the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos square off in Super Bowl 50. The Pro Bowl is still surprisingly popular, however. Millions of people still actually watch the game every year. And if you're reading this, there's a chance you might be one of them.
This year's event will once again be different than the conventional Pro Bowl format. Instead of the conference vs. conference (NFC vs. AFC) match-up, the 2016 Pro Bowl featured a Pro Bowl Draft. Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receivers Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin each captained a team and selected their roster from the available pool of Pro Bowl players.
The Eagles sent four players to the Pro Bowl this year, but one opted out: OT Jason Peters. The six players that actually made the trip out to Hawaii include: PR/RB Darren Sproles, S Malcolm Jenkins, and DL Fletcher Cox. Sproles and Jenkins will suit up for Team Irvin while Cox will represent Team Rice.
There are some new, odd rules the NFL is implementing for this Pro Bowl, including the size of the goal posts, the length of an extra point attempt, and having extra timeouts. Read about some of the rules below.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Online streaming: WatchESPN
Location: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii
Rosters: Team Irvin | Team Rice
Coaches: Winston Moss | Andy Reid
Radio: NFL Audio Pass (online) - NFL Mobile on Verizon - SiriusXM - Dial Global list of broadcasting stations
Game within the Game -- A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters and the ball will change hands after each quarter. This will increase the opportunities for quarterbacks to direct "two-minute drills," which are especially exciting for fans.
No Kickoffs -- The coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first. The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.
Cover Two and Press Coverage -- The defense will be permitted to play "cover two" and "press" coverage. In previous years, only "man" coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.
Stopping of the Game Clock -- Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass. This rule will make the team with the ball attempt to gain yardage toward the end of each quarter.
Game Timing -- The game clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the referee, except inside the last two minutes of the first half and the last five minutes of the second half.
Play Clock -- A 35-second/25-second play clock will be adopted instead of the typical 40-second/25-second clock.
Sacks -- The game clock will not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final two minutes of the game. Currently, the game clock stops in these situations outside of two- minutes of the second and fourth quarters.
QB: Russell Wilson (1st pick), Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater
RB: Devonta Freeman (captain), Todd Gurley, Latavius Murray
WR: Julio Jones, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Allen Robinson
TE: Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert
DL: Ezekiel Ansah, Michael Bennett, Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins (captain)
LB: Anthony Barr, Lavonte David, Sean Lee
DB: Richard Sherman, Desmond Trufant, Reshad Jones, Adam Jones, Malcolm Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Harrison Smith
FB: Patrick DiMarco
OT: Branden Albert, Tyron Smith, Andrew Whitworth
G: David DeCastro, Zack Martin, Marshal Yanda
C: Travid Frederick, Alex Mack
DT: Calais Campbell, Jurell Casey
LB: NaVorro Bowman, Derrick Johnson
K: Dan Bailey
P: Sam Koch
KR: Darren Sproles
PR: Justin Bethel
QB: Eli Manning (1st pick), Derek Carr, Tyrod Taylor
RB: Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Chris Ivory
WR: Odell Beckham Jr. (captain), Jarvis Landry, Amari Cooper, T.Y. Hilton
TE: Travis Kelce, Gary Barnidge
DL: Aaron Donald (captain), Khalil Mack, Everson Griffen, Cameron Jordan
LB: Tamba Hali, Julius Peppers, Elvis Dumervil
DB: Marcus Peters, Vontae Davis, Brent Grimes, Eric Berry, Jason Verrett, Mike Adams, Charles Woodson
FB: John Kuhn
OT: Kyle Long, Joe Staley, Joe Thomas
G: Richie Incognito, Logan Mankins, Josh Sitton
C: Nick Mangold, Eric Wood
DT: Fletcher Cox, Gerald McCoy
LB: Clay Matthews, Bobby Wagner
K: Josh Brown
P: Johnny Hekker
KR: Tyler Lockett
ST: Cedric Peerman
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