The other day, I made my predictions for the Pro Bowl roster for the AFC side in honor of the midway point of the NFL Season. Today, I made my predictions for the other side’s Pro Bowl team, the NFC. The same rules apply here, where I give my predictions for the starters, the required number of backups based on […]
The other day, I made my predictions for the Pro Bowl roster for the AFC side in honor of the midway point of the NFL Season. Today, I made my predictions for the other side’s Pro Bowl team, the NFC.
The same rules apply here, where I give my predictions for the starters, the required number of backups based on positions, and a few alternates (or honorable mentions) that can potentially make the cut if others drop out.
Before you see the NFC, check out my AFC Pro Bowl predictions if you missed it.
- Starter: Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
- Backups: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
No other quarterback has been better in 2019 than Wilson in my opinion. Despite lacking offensive lineman and star power at the receiver position, Wilson is still throwing darts. His 2,127 yards is fourth in the NFC but leads all QBs with 17 touchdowns and has only thrown one interception. He is the clear cut MVP winner as of now and there are no signs of him slowing down in the second half of the season.
Rodgers has also been great this season, throwing for 2,324 yards (second in NFC) and 16 touchdowns (tied for second in NFC). Stafford has been underrated this season with 2,093 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. He should get some recognition here for the final QB slot.
- Potential Alternates: Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams), Jimmy Garoppolo (San Francisco 49ers)
- Starter: Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers)
- Backups: Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)
The running backs on the NFC side are loaded with talent and it was hard to pick who would start. I gave McCaffrey the start here as he has been one of the best dual-threat backs in the NFL and has been the focal point in the Panthers offense for the past few seasons. Cook leads the league in rushing with 823 yards and touchdowns with nine. After a few injury-riddled seasons, Cook has shown that he is a star that can be the next Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Elliott makes the final cut here as he continues to show he is a top back in the league and is 602 yards show he is on pace for his third 1,000-yard season in four years.
- Potential Alternates: Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers), Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)
- Starter: Danny Vitale (Green Bay Packers)
Like I said with the AFC, there is not a lot of fullbacks to choose from. Vitale has been a huge part of the Packers offense and has helped the likes of Aaron Jones and Aaron Rodgers run a successful offense. Plus, he is very vocal about making fullbacks great again on social media.
- Potential Alternate: Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco 49ers)
- Starters: Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints), Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
- Backups: Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings), Cooper Kupp (Los Angeles Rams)
The starters are familiar names that have a lot of Pro Bowls under their belt. Thomas got paid this past offseason and still plays like he wants a new contract. He already has 73 catches for 875 yards, so he’ll no doubt break the 100 and 1,000 marks before the season ends. The Falcons may have been disappointing this season but Jones has been the complete opposite, with 50 catches, 712 yards, and four touchdowns. No matter the changes in Atlanta, you can always count on Jones.
The backups I have are new guys that have yet to make a Pro Bowl in their young careers but have the case to make it this year. Diggs has been a consistent target for Kirk Cousins in Minnesota with Adam Thielen in and out of the lineup and is fourth in the NFC in receiving yards (706) to go along with 37 catches and four touchdowns. I have Kupp making the last spot here as he has bounced back nicely after tearing his ACL last season. His 792 yards place second in the NFC and his 220-yard performance last week has definitely helped him climb the board and has become Jard Goff’s favorite target.
- Potential Alternates: Chris Godwin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Starter: George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers)
- Backup: Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons)
Two tight ends here that made the Pro Bowl last year (Hooper was named an injury replacement for Zach Ertz). Kittle continues to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL with 571 yards with two touchdowns, becoming a solid target for Jimmy Garoppolo. There no doubt he has been a big part of San Francisco’s success this season. Hooper has developed into one of the best tight ends in the NFL and leads the NFC tight ends in both receiving yards by a tight end with 591 yards and touchdowns (five).
- Potential Alternates: Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Starters: La’el Collins (Dallas Cowboys), Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys)
- Backup: Ryan Ramczyk (New Orleans Saints)
The Cowboys success in the running game is all thanks to guys like Smith and Collins. Smith is considered one of the best left tackles in the NFL and has been a consistent Pro Bowler since being drafted in 2011. Collins is right behind him when it comes to best tackles and has really made noise in the league as a solid right tackle. Ramczyk has been a consistent starter for the Saints and has helped the offense become one of the best in the league.
- Potential Alternate: Jason Peters (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Starters: Brandon Brooks (Philadelphia Eagles), Zack Martin (Dallas Cowboys)
- Backup: Ali Marpet (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
More NFC East lineman makes the list as the starters. Brooks has been one of the best guards in the league while Martin, a consistent Pro Bowler, is considered one of the best guards in the NFL. Marpet has quietly had a good season in Tampa Bay and should get some consideration for a Pro Bowl appearance.
- Potential Alternate: Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins)
- Starter: Erik McCoy (New Orleans Saints)
- Backup: Jason Kelce (Philadelphia Eagles)
The Saints needed to upgrade the center spot at the offensive line with the retirement of Max Unger and it seems that they found it right away in their second-round rookie in McCoy. He has been a great addition to the line protecting Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater this season. Kelce is one of the best centers in the league in Philadelphia’s impressive offensive line.
- Potential Alternate: Frank Ragnow (Detroit Lions)
- Starters: Cameron Jordan (New Orleans Saints), Danielle Hunter (Minnesota Vikings)
- Backup: Nick Bosa (San Francisco 49ers)
Jordan has been a consistent Pro Bowler throughout his career and is on track to earn another trip this season. His eight sacks which tie for first in defensive ends and is a constant nightmare for opposing offensive line. The other tie for eight is Hunter, who has had another successful season in Minnesota. Bosa has already established himself as a star and with seven sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble already in his young career, the 2019 second overall pick is in line to make the Pro Bowl.
- Potential Alternate: Arik Armstead (San Francisco 49ers)
- Starters: Aaron Donald (Los Angeles Rams), DeForest Buckner (San Francisco 49ers)
- Backups: Linval Joseph (Minnesota Vikings)
Donald is a beast, plain and simple. As long as he is healthy and playing well, he’ll get the Pro Bowl nod. Buckner is another stud on San Franciso’s defensive line with 34 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles so far this season. Joseph makes the backup role for now with 27 tackles and three sacks this season.
- Potential Alternate: Damon Harrison Sr. (Detroit Lions)
- Starters: Shaquil Barrett (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Chandler Jones (Arizona Cardinals)
- Backup: Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay Packers)
Barrett has had a nice season in his first year in Tampa Bay, leading the NFL in sacks with 10. Add the two picks this season and 27 tackles, he has had a nice season that should end in a Pro Bowl trip. Jones has been one of the more underrated outside linebackers in the NFL as has become a staple in the Arizona defense with nine sacks this season. Arizona is building a nice team and Jones looks to be a building block. Smith signed with the Packers this past offseason and has become of the best pass rushers in the NFL right now. His 25 tackles and eight sacks this season have helped Green Bay become one of the better defenses in the league.
- Potential Alternate: Preston Smith (Green Bay Packers)
- Starter: Bobby Wagner (Seattle Seahawks)
- Backup: Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers)
Consistent insider linebackers make the list once again with a lot of Pro Bowl experience. Wagner and Kuechly are tackling machines that are two of the best middle linebackers in the league. If they continue to ball out, they’ll earn another Pro Bowl trip, plain and simple.
- Potential Alternate: Blake Martinez (Green Bay Packers)
- Starters: Richard Sherman (San Francisco 49ers), Jaire Alexander (Green Bay Packers)
- Backups: Shaquill Griffin (Seattle Seahawks), Byron Jones (Dallas Cowboys)
Despite his age, Sherman has not lost a step and is showing that he is still one of the top corners in the league with three interceptions. He is a huge part of the 49ers success this season. Alexander has established himself as one of the best rising young corners in the NFL and is a part of the reason for Green Bay’s success on the defensive side this season.
He only has one interception this season but Griffin has been a solid lockdown corner for Seattle this season while Jones switched back to his old position and looks to stay at the cornerback position permanently.
- Potential Alternates: Quinton Dunbar (Washington Redskins), James Bradberry (Carolina Panthers)
- Starter: Eddie Jackson (Chicago Bears)
- Backup: Adrian Amos (Green Bay Packers)
Jackson has been a solid ball-hawking safety once again this season and looks to have another Pro Bowl nod under his belt. Jackson’s former teammate in Amos has become a solid safety for Green Bay this season and looks to earn his first Pro Bowl trip this season.
- Potential Alternate: Anthony Harris (Minnesota Vikings)
- Starter: Harrison Smith (Minnesota Vikings)
Smith has been a consistent Pro Bowler during his career and looks to make the 2020 Pro Bowl once again this season.
- Potential Alternates: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Chicago Bears)
- Starter: Zane Gonzalez (Arizona Cardinals)
Gonzalez had an embarrassing stint with the Cleveland Browns last season but has turned things around nicely with Arizona. He is currently 22/25 in field goals this season which leads the NFC (his 88% also leads the NFC). No doubt he earns the kicking job for the NFC side.
- Potential Alternate: Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers)
- Starter: Thomas Morstead (New Orleans Saints)
Morstead is in the top 10 for punting yards by NFC punters and his 19 punts inside the 20-yard line lead the NFC.
- Potential Alternate: Tress Way (Washington Redskins)
- Starter: Cordarrelle Patterson (Chicago Bears)
Patterson has been a good addition to the Bears, leading the NFC in kick return yards with 417 (including a 102-yard return touchdown against the New Orleans Saints). He has earned previous Pro Bowl nods when he was with the Minnesota Vikings and looks to earn one once again.
- Potential Alternate: Deonte Harris (New Orleans Saints)
- Starter: J.J. Jansen (Carolina Panthers)
A toss-up here honestly but Jansen leads all long snappers in tackles, so there is that.
- Potential Alternate: Aaron Brewer (Arizona Cardinals)
- Starter: Miles Killebrew (Detroit Lions)
Killebrew converted to linebacker this season and has become a solid special teamer for the Detriot Lions this season. His nine special team tackles to lead the NFC and should get the nod here.
- Potential Alternate: J.T. Gray (New Orleans Saints)