This year’s Pro Bowl is different. The stars are realigned. No more AFC vs. NFC. It’s all about giving fans match-ups they’ve never seen before and ensuring the players who deserve to be there are honored for their accomplishments.
The NFL is back in Hawaii for the 2014 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Aloha Stadium. Here are the three Bengals who most deserve to be there.
Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Vontaze Burfict – No surprise here. Burfict leads the league with 118 tacks, has 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumbles recovered, 1 sack, 6 passes defensed and 1 TD. Burfict has been everywhere on defense and is the reason the defense has stayed strong even with the losses of Hall and Atkins.
Giovanni Bernard – Not much of a shock here either. Bernard is splitting time in the backfield and has an OC that seems diabolically opposed to getting Bernard more involved in the offense. Even with that being the case, the dynamic rookie has 809 total yards and 7 TDs through 11 games.
Wallace Gilberry – Here is my shocker. Gilberry has 5.0 sacks through 11 games and he isn’t even a starter. Gilberry has played only 47% of the teams’ defensive snaps and has 5.0 sacks on just 403 snaps. That is, Gilberry is getting a sack on 1.24% of his snaps – second on the team to Geno Atkins (1.31% – 6.0/457 snaps).