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NFL Pro Bowl upsets, upsets

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The rosters are set for the 2023 Pro Bowl, with the Dolphins quarterback Toa Tagovailoa Leads the league in fan voting but did not make the AFC squad. Patrick Mahomes (heads), Josh Allen (Bills) f Joe Burrow Instead, the Bengals made the team, with Tagovailoa as the oddball passer. In the NFC, quarterbacks Jalen Hurts (the Eagles) , Gino Smith (Seahawks) and Kirk Cousins (Vikings).

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The Eagles lead the way with eight Pro Bowl selections, followed by the Cowboys and Chiefs (seven each) and the Ravens and 49ers (six each). The NFL declared the Rams a defensive tackle on Monday Aaron Donald and Packers cornerback Jair Alexander They were the first two NFC players on the list. This is the ninth consecutive year for Donald to be selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Pro Bowl will have a different look this year, away from the traditional football game. Instead, players will now take part in a week-long skills competition that will conclude with a game of flag football. The AFC will face the NFC on February 5 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, live on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET.

Who are the players left out of these lists? Who should replace each of the adders? And who are the players left out in 2023? We asked our NFL analysts and reporters to weigh in, with a sports analysis writer Seth Walder Picking out snubs and the rest of our panel will answer two questions.

Let’s get into all the hype surrounding the 2023 Pro Bowl, starting with the players being ignored.

Walder selects the seven greatest Pro Bowl players

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Who should replace him: Trevon DiggsCB, cowboy

Bradbury is the most outrageous of the board. He allowed 0.6 yards per coverage shot, and added -37 projected points (EPA) as a closest defender, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, both better than any outside corner with at least 250 coverage shots. These aren’t just Pro Bowl numbers; They’re numbers that should put him in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.


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Who should replace him: Miles SandersRB, Eagles

Sanders may have had a better season on the floor, but McCaffrey’s offering in the passing game is worth so much more. McCaffrey’s 2.0 yards per pass is the best among all linebackers with at least 15 touchdowns per game, and his 79 total points in Receiver tracking metrics He is the second best player among the backs.


Who should replace him: CJ MosleyLB, aircraft

Edmunds ranks sixth in shutout win rate among linebackers, and is ranked lowest and second lowest in position in yards per coverage shot allowed and total EPA allowed, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

Side note: Inside line players get the short end of these rosters — with only two per conference — while edge runners actually get six per conference.


Who should replace him: Kirk CousinsQB, Vikings

There isn’t a very clear candidate for the third quarterback spot in the NFC, but Goff’s numbers are clearly better than Cousins’s. Goff is more than 10 points in the lead QBR (62.5 to 51.6) and leads the EPA’s third-ranked offense per touchdown this season. third! And he did it all despite not having a powerful receiver group like his cousins.


Who should replace him: Terry McLaurinWR Leaders

Lockett ranks second in both the open score and catch score—tied for second in the overall score with Justin Jefferson — In the Receiver tracking metrics, which is an indication of his exceptional skills that have long been ignored. in season it Russell Wilson Got stuck in denver without lockett f DK MetcalfWhile Gino Smith Thriving in Seattle, Lockett should never be overlooked again.


Who should replace him: Jonathan AllenDT, leaders

Hargrave has 10 sacks and ranks second in his pass win rate, which is second only to Hargrave Chris Jones (Third if Aaron Donald qualified) among defensive tackles. This is a huge mistake.


Who should replace him: Quinton NelsonG, colts

Fellow Kansas City Joe Thuney He got the nod he deserved, but Smith should have been on his side. Smith ranks fourth in guard win rate this season, ahead of Nelson, who hasn’t played quietly at his usual level this season. Nelson ranks 38th—near the league average—in the same stats.

What stands out more than a Pro Bowl roster release?

Tristan H Cockcroft, fantasy football writer: Twenty-one Pro Bowlers hail from the NFC East — not to mention 13 of the 27 starters in the conference — something few of us might have seen in the preseason. The Eagles and Cowboys had 15 of those, and either team, two of the best in the league, could have been the source of some of my predictable errors. Rather, worthy candidates like Tony Pollard (Cowboys) , AJ Brown (eagles) f Trevon Diggs (Cowboys) made all the pieces. Pollard, in particular, was excellent, and I’m glad to see him included though in an effective partnering role with him. Ezekiel Elliott Most of the season.

Jeremy Fowler, NFL National Writer: Eight Pro Bowlers wasn’t enough for the Eagles. Defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and cornerback James Bradbury Among the Philly players who deserved a spot on the NFC team. This is the most complete list in football.

Jordan Reed: NFL Draft Analyst: The biggest surprise for me was the Eagles’ defensive tackle Javon Hargrave He was left out of the NFC squad. He had one of the best seasons of all inside linebackers; it’s connected Chris Jones For the second largest number of bags (10) from all outlets.

Mike Tannenbaum, from inside the NFL’s front office: Adjacent quarterback selections by conference. In the AFC, the passers were all top 10 draft picks and had varying degrees of raw success, while all three were drafted from the NFC in the second or later round—and each took time to develop.

Field Yates, NFL analyst: Only two rookies have made it to the Pro Bowl this season, and while they both play linebacker, they made it to the league with very different paths: Gardner sauce He was in the mix for the most wanted players in the entire draft (ranked fourth overall by the Jets), while Tariq Woolen Slid to the fifth round and the Seahawks. Both of them were exceptional and greatly fulfilled their status.

Which player didn’t make this Pro Bowl list but will definitely make it for the 2023 season?

Cockcroft: Bryce Hall, RB, aircraft. He was on the Pro Bowl-caliber track before tearing his ACL in Week 7, and while the lengthy recovery required for this particular surgery may cause him to have a slow start to his 2023 campaign, he has the skills to break out in a big way by the midseason and make the cut.

the hunter: Christian McCaffrey, RB, 49ers. A full season in San Francisco would earn McCaffrey his second Pro Bowl nod. In eight games with the Niners, he averaged 110 yards per game and had seven total touchdowns.

Reed: Kyvon Thibodeau, de, giants. The #5 overall rookie selection is slowly starting to emerge. He has sacks in consecutive games and begins to turn his pressure into quarterback takedowns. Expect this to continue into the second year.

Tannenbaum: Austin, thank you, RB, chargers. In addition to his nine rushing careers, he has 95 receptions (and five more points) — with three more games remaining. Ekeler is an incredibly versatile and productive player.

Yeats: Justin Fields, QB, Bears. Chicago is in good hands with Fields, and the league is fortunate to have one of the best young players in the game. His breakout this season is just the beginning.

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