Once Adrian Peterson was forced to miss the Pro Bowl because of his surgery, Vikings fans knew that there wouldn’t be much for them in this year’s event.
The lone representative for Minnesota was Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson was put in the game as a punt returner, which is something that he did not do this year for the Vikings. It was a way of making up for not having kick returners in the game since there were no kickoffs at all in the contest.
The final stat line for Patterson (and the Vikings, since he was the only member of that team there) was as follows according to NFL.com:
punt returns: 2
punt return yards: 0
Despite the rule changes and the format adjustments, the game remained a bore. Although it was taken a bit more seriously than past Pro Bowls, it still failed to be exciting. That may be because of the lack of more Vikings players involved, but hopefully it will continue to improve.