AFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks include a surprising starter and an obvious snub

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In the NFC, the placement of Kyler Murray on the Pro Bowl roster, to the exclusion of Matthew Stafford, raised eyebrows. (It also could give Stafford a little extra chip on the shoulder in the final weeks of the season.)

In the AFC, the trio of quarterbacks contains a pair of different surprises.

First, second-year Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert landed as the starter. That shows that the voters get it, that they can look past the won-loss record to the player. Indeed, Herbert was the leading vote-getter among all AFC quarterbacks, as to the fan-driven process. With players counting for one third of the vote and coaches counting for one third of the vote, the fact that Herbert landed in that spot shows that widespread respect and admiration exists within the league for Herbert’s skills and abilities.

Second, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson made the team over Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Jackson hasn’t been as effective this year as he’d been in the past. Although some would say Allen regressed, the reality is that the offense around him has taken a step backward, forcing him to try to do more with less.

Like Stafford, Allen could use the snub as motivation. Especially with a key game looming against the Patriots. While the Pro Bowl rosters don’t mean very much beyond the incentive and escalators they trigger in contracts, if a snub sufficiently pisses a guy off, that’s useful in late December.

Finally, at a time when the Rams remain the dominant team in L.A. and hope to stay that way, it’s odd that their quarterback didn’t make the NFC Pro Bowl roster at all and that the “B” team’s QB is the “A” list starter for the AFC. Maybe it’s a sign of things to come, with the secondary tenants at SoFi Stadium possibly a few years away from becoming the dominant occupants.

24 responses to “AFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks include a surprising starter and an obvious snub

  1. Bills fan but I don’t think Allen or Jackson should have been on the roster. Burrows is the guys that deserved the nod. I would have had Herbert, Burrows, Mahomes followed closely by Allen and then Carr. Jackson isn’t even in my top 5, I love his talent but he isn’t the guys this season.

  2. Just get rid of it
    Not what it used to be
    What’s the point really, the game blows, players do t want to play, and the best players Can’t play. Sounds like a hoot

  3. Hmm. Which QB stepped up in the 4th quarter of the Thursday Night Football game last week?

  4. This is what you get when you let fans decide the pro bowl. Idk why players would tie pay incentives on a popularity contest.

  5. The Chargers are a long way, a very long way, from having any home field advantage in that stadium. It’s sad, as they are a fun dynamic team to watch. Having attended the Steeler/Charger game, the Steelers fans were overwhelming. It was the first time in NFL history the HOME team took the crowd out of the game by winning.

  6. Allen is doing more with less? Whats the less? John Brown?

    Its almost laughable reading that.

    Lamar is down all 3 RBs in the depth chart, starting all-pro LT Stanley, and they a wave of other short terms injuries everywhere. Defense is decimated by loss of 2 starting all-pro CBs and wave of other injuries.

    Come on

  7. For Stafford, being mired in the clutches of one of the most historically bad franchises for 12 years, wins will bring the hardware and acclaim. He’s just got to focus on the next game and the next play, and have a short memory when he throws an INT.

  8. Lamar Jackson 16 tds to 13 ints 87 passer rating, Big Ben on his victory tour 19 tds to 7 ints 93 passer rating, what a joke!

    I Remember the media saying Ben needed to retire when he threw 34 tds and 16 ints a few yrs back because he was hurting the team lol.

  9. Fan votes are meaningless, they should get rid of this aspect of voting. Or a fan vote should be a different contest altogether.

  10. Ravens fan here. LJ does not deserve the nod over Burrow, Allen or Ben. While LJ did have to deal with an injury depleted offense, he did not “step up”. That’s what an All Pro QB does

  11. Burrow head and shoulders above Jackson and Allen this year. Some of the big time throws in big time situations have dwarfed anything that Jackson has done this year. Plus he’s team has a better record and he blasted Lamar and the Ravens on their home field.

  12. How many draft picks do the Rams have left in the near future? Stafford is a lot closer to the end of his career than the beginning. Yeah, I’d say it’s possible the Chargers could become the more popular team at SoFi in time.

  13. mysterytonite says:
    December 23, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Burrow head and shoulders above Jackson and Allen this year. Some of the big time throws in big time situations have dwarfed anything that Jackson has done this year. Plus he’s team has a better record and he blasted Lamar and the Ravens on their home field.
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    What?? Jackson has 5 comeback 4th quarter wins, sometimes down double digits. Don’t get more big time than that. What have you been watching?

  14. Don’t sit around arguing about the AFC Pro Bowl quarterbacks. All three will claim some kind of obscure injury and be no-shows — allowing someone like Derrick Carr to claim being “named” a Pro Bowler yet again. Everyone should realize by now that All-Pro is the honor that truly counts.

  15. flaccotoboldin says:
    December 23, 2021 at 10:51 am
    Allen is doing more with less? Whats the less? John Brown?

    Its almost laughable reading that.

    Lamar is down all 3 RBs in the depth chart, starting all-pro LT Stanley, and they a wave of other short terms injuries everywhere. Defense is decimated by loss of 2 starting all-pro CBs and wave of other injuries.

    Come on
    ……………………………….

    Allen has no O-line… Cody Ford who was chosen by the Bills by moving up in the Draft was benched, Dawkins, the LT, continues to get beat, using the excuse he hasn’t been the same since he got Covid-19, then GOT Covid AGAIN in the last few weeks. Our All-Pro Center is on like his 5th or sixth concussion, Darryl Williams, who was playing RT on a shiny new extension after a 1 or 2 yr contract, was juggled around with other line injuries and moved to G and 2nd year behemoth Spencer Brown took over RT when Feliciano got hurt; everything was so complicated Ike Boettger started at LG and Spencer Brown filled in at LT (!) because of Dion Dawkins’ 2nd Covid stint. I cant believe he made the Pro Bowl over Poyer or Allen.

    That’s just the O-line problems! WR Diggs, Beasley, Sanders, maybe others where all injured at times. Our best WR the last few games, Gabriel Davis, our only TALL WR (6’2″–yep, that’s the tallest!) just went onto the COVID List, along with Ford and our All-Pro slot receiver Cole Beasley, who won’t be back untill the Falcons game because he refused to get vax’d.

    If you don’t think Allen derserves the pick, go watch the 2nd half of the Bills-Bucs game. That changed a lot of people’s minds… and the Bills STILL lost!

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