Roll your eyes all you want about the NFL's annual Pro Bowl, which today pits a lot of roster alternates and a few genuinely great players against one another in a half-speed, no-defense, meaningless all-star shootout. But the game still features football, easily the most popular sport in our country, so millions of people will be tuning in.
We're betting you will be, if only for a little bit, to catch the three Buffalo Bills players in action. That's why we're tuning in, too - if only for a little bit.
Tyrod Taylor is the first Bills quarterback to make the Pro Bowl since Drew Bledsoe did it in 2002; the Bills' 16-year playoff drought may still be active, but their 12-year run without an all-star quarterback is at an end, even if Taylor is merely replacing Cam Newton in the game tonight. The first-year starting quarterback threw for 3,035 yards, ran for 568, scored 24 total touchdowns, and turned the ball over just seven times for the Bills in 2015.
Richie Incognito and Eric Wood also made the game based, in large part, on the Bills' No. 1 overall finish in the NFL in team rushing this season. (Incognito had a lot of help from the folks at Pro Football Focus, as well.) The Bills averaged 152 rushing yards per game this season, and also paced the league with a 4.8-yard, per-carry rushing average and tied for first with 19 rushing touchdowns.
LeSean McCoy, the Bills' leading rusher, also made the Pro Bowl this year - and did so outright, rather than as an alternate - but was replaced by Chris Ivory after suffering a late-season knee injury.
This is your open thread for tonight's Pro Bowl, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Go Bills (players)!