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Pro Bowl Closes Out 2007 Season On Sunday

probowlinclude.jpgDespite all the drama surrounding Chad Johhnson’s latest antics and all of the hype about New England’s Tom Brady and Randy Moss not playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii after their Super Bowl loss, I am excited about the Pro Bowl.  Why, you might ask.  As for me, it’s the Cowboys’ Super Bowl this year.  Browns QB Derek Anderson will replace Brady and Johnson replaces the “injured” Moss.

With 13 players on the NFC squad down in Hawaii, it’s a predominantly Cowboys team facing the AFC’s best, which is why I consider it their Super Bowl.  QB Tony Romo will most likely either start or play most of the first half and RB Marion Barber will also quite likely start or play when Romo is in the game.  TE Jason Witten and WR Terrell Owens will also probably play when Romo’s in and for most of the game, as will the O-line of Adams, Davis and Gurode.

On defense, LB’s DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis will see alot of action as will Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams at the safety positions.  Then, there’s K Nick Folk on special teams to make some FG’s and extra point trys. 

In last year’s Pro Bowl, Romo had a great game, although in a losing effort, thanks to a last-second field goal by the AFC’s Nate Kaeding.  He led the NFC back from a 28-14 deficit in the second half and tied the game with a 47-yard TD pass to Anquan Boldin with only 1:48 remaining in the game after the NFC recoverd an onside kick.  But Carson Palmer engineered a brilliant 63-yard drive that led to the Kaeding 21-yard FG as time expired giving the AFC a 31-28 win.  Romo outshined both Brees and Bulger in the game and led the NFC team in both yardage and attempts, but the one interception was costly stopping a potential game winning drive.

The AFC has won seven of the last ten, and last year’s victory was due to the AFC defense shutting down the NFC’s running game and the play of QB Carson Palmer.  Of course, who could forget the exclusion of Terrell Owens from the Pro Bowl last year, but he seemed to take it in stride and had a great season this year with 81 receptions for 1,355-yards and 15 touchdowns.

The game is set for Sunday, 4:30 ET at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI on Fox TV and should be another good game to close out the season and give us die-hard football fans one last reason to celebrate.

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