The Pro Bowl has come under fire lately as many fans feel that it's nothing more than a walkthrough for most players. However, after some pressure by big-name players, that may change this year. If you want to find out for yourself, here's what you need to know.
The Pro Bowl has come under fire lately due to the fact that many fans feel that the NFL's version of an All-Star game has become nothing more than a walkthrough for most of the players. Even though the games are mostly high scoring, they lack the speed and ferocity that the regular season and playoff games possess. It has gotten so bad that NFL executives, including commissioner Roger Goodell, have toyed with the idea of axing the Pro Bowl all together so they won't spend the money on something that nobody seems to want to watch.
This year may be different, though, as two future hall fo fame players have put some pressure on their peers to step it up. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and cornerback Champ Bailey are asking their peers to treat the Pro Bowl like it was a regular-season game to save the game in the future.
There are a few Dallas Cowboys that will be representing the NFC in Sunday's Pro Bowl, including tight end Jason Witten and linebacker Anthony Spencer. Linebacker DeMarcus Ware was also voted in to the Pro Bowl, but won't be playing due to his injuries suffered during the season.
If you plan on watching the Pro Bowl on Sunday, here's all you need to know:
Location: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu, Hawaii
Date/Time: Jan. 27, 2013; 7 p.m. EST
TV Schedule: NBC
Odds: NFC by 2½, per Odds Shark
Interesting Facts: Last year's Pro Bowl teams combined for more than 100 points as the AFC won by a score 59-41, and both the AFC and the NFC have won the league's all-star game a total of 21 times. The last time one conference won back-to-back Pro Bowls was when the NFC won in 2008 and '09. The last time the AFC won more than one Pro Bowl in a row was when it won in 2001, '02 and '03. This is only the second Pro Bowl played the weekend before the Super bowl.