Pro Bowl snubs and surprises: NFL experts debate the AFC and NFC rosters

The 2020 Pro Bowl rosters are out, and even though the game has gone virtual this year, the usual suspects made the team, including MVP candidates Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen and Russell Wilson. The Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens each had a league-best seven players named to the Pro Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys, meanwhile, didn’t have any players named to the roster, which is only the third time in team history.

The on-field Pro Bowl game was canceled, the NFL announced in October, as the league focuses on completing its regular season and postseason amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be the first time since the 1949 season that the NFL hasn’t had a postseason all-star game. Pro Bowl week will now feature Madden matchups between current players, former players, celebrities and EA Sports Madden NFL 21 video game streamers using the two Pro Bowl teams. Players will also participate in a Madden Pro Bowl.

Which players were snubbed in the Pro Bowl roster release? And what else was surprising about the teams? We asked our NFL experts to weigh in, with fantasy football writer Mike Clay picking four snubs and the rest of our panel answering questions. Check out their responses below.

Clay’s top Pro Bowl snubs

1. DeForest Buckner, DT, Indianapolis Colts

Buckner was arguably the best player on the NFC champion 49ers last season, his value was shown when he was traded for the 13th-overall pick of April’s draft and he has been a key reason why the Colts’ defense has made the leap into one of the league’s best here in 2020. He ranks sixth among all interior defensive linemen in pass-rush wins (30) and no lower than fourth in tackles (52), sacks (7.5), tackles for loss (11) and hurries (24). How did this guy not make the Pro Bowl? Egregious.

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