There was no Pro Bowl game after the 2020 regular season due to COVID, but at this point, the NFL will attempt to play the game Sunday, February 6, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, home of the Raiders. Whether the Omicron strain cooperates with that plan? We can but wait and see.
But the NFL did announce its Pro Bowl rosters on Wednesday night, which always leads to boisterous arguments about which players didn’t deserve their places, and which players were correspondingly “robbed” in the process.
We at Touchdown Wire have a list of players who were unfairly omitted from the 2021 Pro Bowl, and to make it reasonable, we’ve mentioned one player who should be taken off in favor of each more deserving player.
You can view the AFC Pro Bowl rosters here, and the NFC Pro Bowl rosters here.
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Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills
(AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Why he belongs: This season, Allen has thrown 31 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions with a bad offensive line, no running game from week to week, and Stefon Diggs as his only primary big-play playmaker. Allen has had his iffy games, throwing two interceptions each against the Jaguars, Colts, and Saints, but given what he’s had to work with this season, one could argue that Allen is playing at a higher level than he did in 2020 — his breakout season.
Who’s off the roster? Lamar Jackson. While Jackson has been his usual threat as a runner, tape shows clearly that he’s regressed in seeing the field as a passer. With 16 touchdown passes to 13 interceptions, it has to be said that as a pure quarterback, Jackson made this team based more on reputation than current tape.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams
(AP Foto/Frank Franklin II)
Why he belongs: In his first season in Sean McVay’s system, Stafford has looked like a quarterback renewed — only Tom Brady (36) has more touchdowns than Stafford’s 35 in the NFL…