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Monday, February 1, 2016

NFL : Team Irvin vs Team Rice at Pro Bowl

The 2016 Pro Bowl takes place this Sunday (7 PM ET, ESPN) at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, and for the third straight year, it won't be AFC vs NFC. Hall of Fame wideouts Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice are the captains for their namesake teams; they were the captains for the first two Pro Bowl winners under this format, Team Rice in 2014 and Team Irvin last year.

The two captains made their first draft selections Wednesday night from the pool of available players, and Team Irvin made out like bandits with their three quarterback picks: Seattle's Russell Wilson, Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston, and Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater. Team Rice responded with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Oakland's Derek Carr, and Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor.

These exhibition games typically see sky-high totals, but under this new format, scores have been somewhat lower than usual. The 2014 Pro Bowl went under the total of 90.5 when Team Rice defeated Deion Sanders' squad 22-21, and the 2015 Pro Bowl pushed the total of 60 when Team Irvin prevailed 32-28 over the club captained by Cris Carter. Sunday's weather could contribute to another low score; there's a 15% chance of rain over Aloha Stadium.

Team Irvin vs Team Rice at Pro Bowl

NFL : Team Irvin Gets Early Jump on Pro Bowl
It'll be Team Irvin vs Team Rice this Sunday (7 PM ET, ESPN) at the 2016 Pro Bowl in Honolulu, and Michael Irvin's squad already has the advantage over Jerry Rice. The teams made their first draft selections on Wednesday, and Irvin grabbed an impressive trio of quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Jamies Winston and Teddy Bridgewater. Rice responded with Eli Manning, Derek Carr and Tyrod Taylor.

The last two Pro Bowls under this new format had relatively low scores, and Sunday's weather could play a role, too. The forecast calls for a 15% chance of rain with temperatures around 80 degrees.

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