With Geno Atkins opting out of the 2019 Pro Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals will not be represented in the annual NFL All-Star exhibition. The team did have other worthy nominees in Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, as well as safeties Jessie Bates III, Clayton Fejedelem and Shawn Williams, but they received alternate statuses for the contest.
Any way you look at it, the Bengals seem to have a rough relationship with the Pro Bowl lately.
In 2015, “coach” Cris Carter brought Andy Dalton and A.J. Green into the game to spark a potential fourth quarter comeback. Team Carter ended up losing that game by four points, as Dalton went just 9-of-20 passing late in the contest.
Most infamously, Tyler Eifert’s injury in the 2015-2016 game caused him to miss a lot of the following season with an ankle issue. He came down awkwardly while trying to reel in a touchdown reception, but it ended up requiring surgery and was an early injury in a career filled with them.
And now, with Atkins out of commission, the AFC will go on without any help from Cincinnati, including the conference’s leading rusher in Mixon. Even so, there will be a number of household names strapping up the pads in this last clash before the Super Bowl.
This game may hold little appeal to Bengals fans, but it is the second-to-last “meaningful” football game until the 2019 preseason kicks off in August. So, if you have nothing else to do on the first Sunday of the year without a football game that truly counts towards anything substantive, then we have all the details for you right here.
How to watch the Pro Bowl
- Game: AFC vs. NFC
- Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 27th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. EST
- Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
- TV: ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes and Disney XD
- Online Streaming: espn.com/watch
- Radio: Westwood One Radio Network
- Announcers: Play-by-play: Joe Tessitore, color analysts: Jason Witten and Booger McFarland, sideline reporter: Lisa Salters