HONOLULU, HI - SUNDAY, JANUARY 31: Team Irvin quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hands the ball off to Latavius Murray #28 of the Oakland Raiders during the second half of the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 31, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii.Team Irvin defeated Team Rice 49-27. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
The Buccaneers had five representatives in Hawaii on Sunday, including Jameis Winston and Lavonte David of Team Irvin, and Gerald McCoy, Logan Mankins and Doug Martin of Team Rice.
At the end of the non-competitive, tackle-free contest, it was Team Irvin that prevailed 49-27. Winston, who was third string behind Russell Wilson (the game’s MVP) and Teddy Bridgewater, threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns on six of 12 completions. The rookie’s best throw was a strike over the middle to Delanie Walker, who took it 30-plus extra yards for the score. Winston also had a TD pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the fourth quarter.
Winston channeled his inner Cam Newton Sunday, celebrating on the sidelines nearly every play. For fun, he also snapped the ball to Travis Frederick after they switched positions for a down.
On defense, Lavonte David finished third on Team Irvin in tackles with five. The weakside linebacker likely would’ve had more during his time had defenders been allowed to go full-speed or finish tackles. The game definitely had a Pro-Bowl type vibe, making it a much more favorable contest for the offense, evidenced by the high score.
While the fairly new format was still, for the most part, non-competitive, it was interesting to see teammates compete on opposite ends. From Richard Sherman vs. Tyler Lockett to Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Bucs own, Lavonte David vs. Doug Martin, the game featured a few teammate rivalries.
David had a tackle or two on Martin, who rushed for a team-leading 20 yards on Team Rice. Running behind Logan Mankins (who started), Martin carried seven times and found his way into the end zone in the third quarter. Overall, it was a quiet outing for the fifth-year pro, rotating with four other backs and barely having a chance to find any rhythm.
Tampa Bay players combined for three out of the game’s 11 touchdowns, tied with Seattle players as Russell Wilson tossed three TDs of his own.
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After all these years, I finally found the secret to watching and enjoying the Pro Bowl – have lots of your players in it!
For the first time, I watched the whole thing from beginning to end looking for the Bucs players and they didn’t disappoint. Hey, I liked it! lol.
Pro Bowl was always a joke , now its a circus with Team Irvin vs. Team Rice I wouldn’t give that mess 5 min of my time, its been 30 yrs. since I last watched one.
If it’s been 30 years you have no idea what Irvin/Rice even means. Was there a reason you WASTED your time posting in this thread?
You sir don’t even make sense to respond to
I live about 10 minutes from the stadium and for once it was sold out. It had our local traffic snared up for hours. It was a very festive atmosphere. Macabee, you’re right. Having skin in the game really made a difference.
lol no joke, it was already halftime and people were still trying to get into the stadium. Unfortunately I was at work so didn’t get a chance to go…would’ve loved to get some of my kids’ jerseys signed while they were down here. I’ll shoot for next year
Hope its in Hawaii next year.
Futures looking bright!!!
Flag football at its finest
macabee, I, like you watched beginning to end bc of the play of our Bucs!! Winston almost had a third TD in the end zone, feet were down but lost control while hitting ground. Great playing for all our Bucs!!!
The Pro Bowl can’t be a joke because there’s nothing humorous about it. It is a pathetic display that is a disgrace to the NFL shield. The players themselves made a mockery of it in their quest to have fun (Michael Bennett running untouched for a TD). This pointless exhibition needs to be terminated.
Like JonnyG, when this game got to be even more idiotic a few years ago with Team Rice and Team Irvin I stopped watching. This year I relented and I watched to see what our contingent did. It was the last time.
Lee Roy would never have herniated his disc in the Pro Bowl if they played it like they do today. They might as well make it a skills competition for each position groups.
It’s a big end – of – the – year party for the players. It’s really a time for them to unwind, reflect on the season and to a chance for the players to build relationships with other great players around the league. It probably shouldn’t be televised, I don’t watch either but I can see the benefit to strengthen the league.
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