The NFL will fill the football void today with the annual Pro Bowl.
The game will feature the AFC taking on the NFC, with each member of the winning team taking home $70,000, while the losing side will have to console itself with a $35,000 payday.
The Cleveland Browns will be represented by wide receiver Jarvis Landry, making his fifth consecutive appearance, running back Nick Chubb, who earned the honor for the first time, and left guard Joel Bitonio, making his second appearance.
How to Watch the Game
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What: 2020 NFL Pro Bowl
Who: NFC vs. AFC
When: Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m. ET
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
TV Channel: ABC, ESPN
What to Watch For
The NFL will use today’s game as an opportunity to try out some different rules when it comes to kickoffs.
According to NFL.com, after a successful field goal or extra point try, the scoring team (Team A) will have the following options:
- Team A may elect to give Team B the ball at Team B’s 25-yard line, beginning a new series of downs with a first-and-10.
- Team A may elect to take the ball at its own 25-yard line for a fourth-and-15 play. If Team A is successful in making a first down, Team A will maintain possession and a new series of downs will continue as normal. If Team A is unsuccessful in making a first down, the result will be a turnover on downs and Team B will take possession at the dead-ball spot.
The league is experimenting with this option as the success rate of onside kicks over the past two seasons has been just 10.4 percent, according to NFL.com. In comparison, conversion rates on fourth-and-15 plays have been higher with a success rate of 26.7 percent over the past decade. (Although there have only been 60 such plays during that time frame.)
The other rule change will eliminate a false start penalty if a flexed wide receiver flinches or lifts up one foot, as long as the other foot remains on the ground and the receiver resets for at least one second before the ball is snapped. Rather than call a false start, the receiver would be considered in motion.
It will be a false start, however, if the entire offense has been set for at least one second and a flexed, eligible receiver breaks his stance by picking up both feet, according to NFL.com.
Browns fans should use this as an open thread to discuss the Pro Bowl game.