Last season Roger Goodell relied on Peyton Manning and Drew Brees to bring the excitement and competitiveness back to the Pro Bowl. This year that job is in the hands of Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice.When and Where: Monday January 27, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii Coverage: LIVE on ESPN (via Foxtel), 11:30 am AEST The Pro Bowl this season has undergone a complete overhaul with Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice becoming team captains and drafting players on both sides of the ball to their respective teams. For more details on the changes please click here. Rice won the coin toss on Day One of the two day draft and he had the choice of four active player captains and chose New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St Louis defensive end Robert Quinn. That left Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles and Houston defensive end JJ Watt to be the captains of Team Sanders. As Sanders lost the toss he had the first selection in each draft and respectively choose Ndamukong Suh on Day One and Andrew Luck on Day Two. The rest of the teams are found below: Last year the NFC smashed the AFC with a record setting 62 - 35 win over the AFC, so this year will it be Team Rice or Team Sanders? Who has the edge going into this one? With this being the first game of the new system it is very difficult to predict or preview the result and how the game will go down. A game like this must be viewed with a very open mind and look at spectacle as a whole. Some of the talking points that emerged out of the draft are:
- How will the young quarterbacks of Team Sanders compete against the seasoned veterans in Team Rice? The crop of quarterbacks that Team Sanders (Luck, Newton and Foles) are three of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the NFL, the other one is playing in something called the Super Bowl. These three have played outstanding all year and all warrant their Pro Bowl selections but they face a tough task of beating Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Alex Smith. All three have big game experience.
- Will Robert Mathis layeth the smackdown on Andrew Luck? Mathis was traded from Team Sanders to Team Rice for Brian Orakpo and will line up opposite his Indianapolis Colts teammate. Knowing how much Mathis loved sacking Peyton Manning earlier this year I think he would to get his hands on Luck.
- The battle between Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald will keep Arizona fans glued to the television. Both are in the top five in the NFL in their position and will line up head to head in this one. My money is on Peterson surprisingly.
- Will Eric Weddle be able to land some key deflections or even an intercept against his bolo tie wearing quarterback Philip Rivers. Weddle is renowned around the league for being a funny guy so if manages to pick off Rivers it would make for some must see television.
- Kick Returners Dexter McCluster and Cordarrelle Patterson are two of those most dynamic playmakers in the NFL with the ball in their hands. A length of the field return touchdown is very likely.
- Will JJ Watt line up at tight end? Last year Watt lined up at tight end on a goal line play where Peyton Manning tried to give the 2012/13 sack leader his first receiving touchdown. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful. Take Two JJ?
- Last but not least, Sanders and Rice are two guys who love to compete. Both are in the Hall of Fame for what they have achieved on the field and their eccentric personalities make them crowd favorites off the field. It would not surprise me at all if these two have some hidden tricks up their sleeves.