2014 NFL Pro Bowl Teams Have Been Picked! Sanders Vs. Rice – Roster Breakdown
A lot of people complain about the NFL Pro Bowl, it’s not really a competitive game, no one really tries to hard because they don;t want to get hurt, the players from the Superbowl aren’t there, etc. I understand all that but for whatever reason I as well as a great many of people still sit down and watch it every year. This year, it’s a little different and I have to give the NFL props for trying something new.
This year with the indisputable rise of Fantasy Football , the NFL chose to have team captains pick their teams fantasy football draft style. The game will be this Sunday night at 7:30 pm. Your Team Captains are Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. Team Sanders’ Coach will be Chuck Pagano from the Colts and Team Rice’s Coach will be Ron Rivera from the Panthers.
Now let’s take a look at their rosters piece by piece and evaluate how well they drafted. After each category I will tell you who I think has the “edge” ( you may disagree) and then we can pick a winner at the end.
Team Sanders: ST Matthew Slater, Patriots. PR Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings. K Justin Tucker, Ravens. P Brandon Fields, Dolphins. LS J.J. Jansen, Panthers.
ST Justin Bethel, Cardinals. PR Dexter McCluster, Chiefs. K Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots. P Johnny Hekker, Rams. LS Matt Overton, Colts
Team Sanders: T Trent Williams, Redskins. T Duane Brown, Texans. T Branden Albert, Chiefs. G Marshal Yanda, Ravens. G Logan Mankins, Patriots. G Kyle Long, Bears. C Mike Pouncey, Dolphins. C Alex Mack, Browns
T Joe Thomas, Browns. T Tyron Smith, Cowboys. T Jordan Gross, Panthers. G Jahri Evans, Saints. G Ben Grubbs, Saints. G Evan Mathis, Eagles. C Ryan Kalil, Panthers. C Nick Mangold, Jets
Team Sanders: DE J.J. Watt, Texans. DE Greg Hardy, Panthers. DE Mario Williams, Bills. DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions. DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers. DT Dontari Poe, Chiefs
Team Rice: DE Robert Quinn, Rams. DE Cameron Jordan, Saints. DE Cameron Wake, Dolphins. DT Jason Hatcher, Cowboys. DT Marcell Dareus, Bills .DT Kyle Williams, Bills
Team Sanders: OLB Brian Orakpo, Redskins. OLB Tamba Hali, Chiefs. OLB Terrell Suggs, Ravens. ILB Luke Kuechly, Panthers. ILB Paul Posluszny, Jaguars
OLB Justin Houston, Chiefs. OLB Robert Mathis, Colts. OLB John Abraham, Cardinals. ILB Vontaze Burfict, Bengals. ILB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
Team Sanders: CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals. CB Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers. CB Brent Grimes, Dolphins. CB Tim Jennings, Bears. S Eric Berry, Chiefs. S Eric Weddle, Chargers. S T.J. Ward, Browns
Team Rice: CB Joe Haden, Browns. CB Brandon Flowers, Chiefs. CB Antonio Cromartie, Jets. CB Alterraun Verner, Titans. S Eric Reid, 49ers. S Jairus Byrd, Bills. S Antrel Rolle, Giants
Tight Ends / Wide Receivers:
Team Sanders: WR A.J. Green, Bengals. WR Dez Bryant, Cowboys. WR Antonio Brown, Steelers. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
Team Rice: WR Josh Gordon, Browns. WR Alshon Jeffery, Bears. WR Brandon Marshall, Bears. WR Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals. TE Jimmy Graham, Saints. TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
Team Sanders: RB Jamaal Charles, Chiefs. RB Eddie Lacy, Packers. FB Marcel Reece, Raiders
Team Rice: RB LeSean McCoy, Eagles. RB DeMarco Murray, Cowboys. RB Matt Forte, Bears. FB Mike Tolbert, Panthers
Team Sanders: QB Andrew Luck, Colts. QB Cam Newton, Panthers. QB Nick Foles, Eagles
Team Rice: QB Drew Brees, Saints. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers. QB Alex Smith, Chiefs
My Take: If this were an actual NFL regular season game, I would have to go with Sanders without hesitation. I gave him the edge on both the O line and the D line, in my opinion that is where you win football games.
However this is NOT a regular season game, it is the Pro Bowl and in the Pro Bowl the line is what effects the game the least. There are too many restrictions, and none of them want to twist a knee up.
So that means I have to go with Rice on this one. If I give the Quarterbacks a draw, Rice got the edge in just about every other category that mattered. SO once again Jerry Rice will show his dominance as he has done so many times in the past in football, dancing, golf and now …drafting.
Tell me what you think? What did I get wrong?