The 2-week break between the convention championship video games and Tremendous Bowl actually leaves some soccer followers in a state of withdrawal. Not less than there’s the Professional Bowl, proper?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reply to that query in 2021 is a “type of.” There will be a sport, however not in particular person. Since Zoom could not deal with a soccer sport, apparently, the NFL needed to flip to the well-established Madden NFL franchise to stage the sport.
Some would say the league ought to’ve began doing that a very long time in the past. Snoop Dogg will even be on a controller for a portion of the sport. You are telling me that is not higher than skilled athletes not trying to sort out one another as a result of they play a really violent sport and that is simply an all-star sport?
Whereas the NFL will certainly attempt to deliver the Professional Bowl again in 2022 as an actual soccer sport, this might be the start of the tip for that. It’d most likely be extra entertaining to look at NFL gamers react to strikes their digital selves pull off in Madden, anyway.
So anyway, for those who’re attempting to look at this revamped model of the Professional Bowl, we have got all the small print beneath, together with the rosters that’ll be participating.
Is there an NFL Professional Bowl this 12 months?
There may be an NFL Professional Bowl this 12 months — type of.
There can be no precise, real-life Professional Bowl soccer sport performed in 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Professional Bowl rosters have been chosen and can play in opposition to one another, however it’s going to happen in EA Sports activities’ Madden NFL 21, the most recent within the well-liked online game collection.
What time does the Professional Bowl begin?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 31
- Time: 3 & 5 p.m. ET
The Professional Bowl protection for 2021 will are available two elements. First, at 3 p.m. ET, there’ll be a “Professional Bowl Celebration” on ESPN and ABC. It should embrace roundtable discussions with NFL legends together with each Joey Bosa and DeAndre Hopkins breaking down soccer movie for youthful viewers.
The (Madden) Professional Bowl itself will begin at 5 p.m. ET as a streaming occasion on the NFL’s Fb, Twitter and YouTube channels together with EA’s Madden Twitch channel.
That is the same old date that the Professional Bowl would happen, the Sunday between convention championship Sunday and Tremendous Bowl Sunday.
What channel is the Professional Bowl on?
- TV channel: ABC, ESPN
- Reside stream: NFL’s Fb, Twitter and YouTube channels; EA’s Madden Twitch channel
For these seeking to watch the precise Madden stream of the Professional Bowl, you will not discover it on terrestrial tv. Relatively, you will have to make use of one of many NFL’s streaming platforms or go to EA’s Madden Twitch channel. That sport begins at 5 p.m. ET.
The motion going down on ABC and ESPN begins at 3 p.m. ET and options varied roundtable and different NFL dialogue, but it surely will not function any precise gameplay. That may solely be discovered on the varied reside streams starting at 5 p.m. ET.
Who’s enjoying the Madden Professional Bowl sport?
This may not simply be a Madden simulated model of the Professional Bowl. Large names can be controlling every crew in a battle for convention supremacy.
Controlling the AFC facet can be Snoop Dogg, Deshaun Watson, Derrick Henry and Keyshawn Johnson. Hopefully Watson would not request a commerce mid-game.
The NFC gamers will embrace Bubba Wallace, Marshawn Lynch, Kyler Murray and Jamal Adams. If we’re handicapping by assuming youthful age helps Madden prowess, the NFC has the benefit with all 4 gamers youthful than Johnson and Snoop.
AFC Professional Bowl roster
NFC Professional Bowl roster
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Professional Bowl substitute gamers
As a result of there isn’t any precise soccer sport being performed for the 2021 Professional Bowl, there isn’t any want for substitute gamers. Everybody may be wholesome within the Madden online game.
A 12 months in the past, there have been 17 substitute gamers for the Professional Bowl, so this season permits lots fewer gamers to really confer with themselves as Professional Bowlers. Conversely, it would not permit the league to make up for a snubbed participant by inserting him as a substitute.