We’re running out of opportunities to see members of the Minnesota Vikings before the sun officially sets on the 2019 NFL season, but on Thursday night we’ll get to see two of them putting their skills to the test in a couple of different ways.
Here are the events that will comprise the 2020 Pro Bowl Skills Showdown:
Thread the Needle presented by Panini: A new challenge that puts defensive backs to the test in a head-to-head competition. DBs will try to stop the opposing team’s quarterback from completing passes through the targets.
Gridiron Gauntlet presented by Castrol EDGE: Five players from each team will participate in a head-to-head relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Competitions include a fumble scramble through an inflatable path, among others.
Best Hands presented by Intuit: Two WR-QB duos from each conference will compete in a timed relay race to catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch – diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. – which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.
Precision Passing presented by Skittles: Each conference’s two quarterbacks and one captain-appointed non-quarterback will battle it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit as many targets as possible.
Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball presented by Old Spice: In the grand finale, Pro Bowlers will compete in a classic game of dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. In a best of three series, the team with the last person on the court wins.
Cousins and Cook will be joined on the NFC side by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett, Bears safety Eddie Jackson and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Lions cornerback Darius Slay, and Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith.
The AFC team will be made up of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews, Browns running back Nick Chubb and receiver Jarvis Landry, Colts guard Quenton Nelson, Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Sure, it’s not a serious event or anything, but it should still be interesting to see how Cook and Cousins fare in these competitions against some of the best that the NFL has to offer.
The event will be broadcast on ESPN on Thursday night, starting at 8:00 PM Central time.