By Danny Cox

The Super Bowl is now just one week away, and some members of the Baltimore Ravens still can’t escape a little bit of trouble now and then. Oh, and let’s not forget that there is one more game before everything is finally decided, but let’s hope it isn’t the last time that we see two teams competing on a field full of mishmash helmets.

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catches a pass over Bernard Pollard #31 and Corey Graham #24 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Ravens Bernard Pollard fined for hit on Patriots Wes Welker

Baltimore Ravens’ safety Bernard Pollard is no stranger to fines or penalties or taking out members of the New England Patriots. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the NFL has fined Pollard $15,250 for his unnecessary roughness hit on wide receiver Wes Welker during the AFC Championship Game last Sunday.

Pollard was penalized 15-yards on the play for striking an opponent in the head and neck area. Welker got right back up and didn’t appear to be fazed or injured on the play, but it doesn’t change the fact that Pollard did it.

In the past, Pollard has taken out a number of Patriots and seriously injured them over the years. Welker, quarterback Tom Brady, and tight end Rob Gronkowski are all just a few of those that have been taken out by Pollard.

Those that watched this year’s AFC Championship Game will remember that Patriots running back Steven Ridley was knocked unconscious during the game and lost a critical fumble. Pollard was the one that delivered the hit, but it was legal and he was not penalized or fined for it.

Pro Bowl prediction

Well, the NFL Pro Bowl is being played this evening, and there is a good possibility that it could be the last time it is ever played. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that if the level of competition and effort of the players is not better, then the game will cease to exist after this year.

Hopefully, that doesn’t happen.

You see, the Pro Bowl is actually one of those games that I look forward to all year and it is because it gives the fans team-ups that might never happen. Dream quarterback and wide receiver tandems are trying to gain yardage against defenses pairing up lineman and a secondary from different teams. There is just no bigger thrill in the world sometime, and the Pro Bowl delivers those great things.

For the sake of the fans and the game itself, let’s hope that the players put forth as much effort as possible. One of the best things is that some of the players in the game – Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, etc… – have spoken out about the lack of effort from other players in the past. Perhaps they’ll be able to get their teammates going on Sunday night and make them play up to par or above it.

A number of players have already dropped out of the game due to injuries as they don’t wish to risk worsening them. Multiple replacements have made their way onto both the NFC and AFC squads, but the quality of players is still top of the line.

Even though the NFC squad lost a number of great players thanks to the San Francisco 49ers heading to the Super Bowl, my prediction is that they will still be able to take this year’s Pro Bowl.

Pick: NFC
Score: 42-31

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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on

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