Week 16 RC Spotlight: Will The 2018 NFL Regional Combine Standout Pro Bowlers Help Secure Playoff Spots?

Adam Thielen And Alejandro Villanueva Returns To The Pro Bowl

Week 16 of the NFL kicks off with some great news for the NFL Regional Combine platform as the Pro Bowl appearance streak continues.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva are the two members from the RC stage to make Pro Bowl rosters this year. Last season, four standouts from the platform played in the annual contest.

Due to the appearance of Thielen and Villanueva, the streak for Pro Bowl representation continues at six.


Johnny Hekker/Google Images


Los Angeles Rams punter Johnny Hekker has been an All-Pro for four consecutive seasons, spanning from 2013 to 2017. Hekker has set the standard for punters in the NFL, however, this campaign will be the first time since his rookie season (2012) that he missed the opportunity.

Both Thielen and Villanueva were Pro Bowlers for the first time last year, but Thielen earned All-Pro honors which should continue.

Thielen set the record of being the first player in NFL history to receive 100-plus yards in the first eight games to start a season. He is second in the league for receptions with 105, eighth in receiving yards with 1,255 and seventh in receiving touchdowns with nine. The pioneer from the 2013 RC trials in having a career year. Still, Thielen has always been about team.

“Obviously it’s a cool thing to be respected by your peers, the fans and then obviously the coaches,” said Thielen, according to vikings.com. “But at the same time, I’m so focused on getting better this week and trying to prepare for the Lions and trying to help this team win games.”

Villanueva is in the midst of the Steelers’ offensive line. The former Army Ranger will be accompanying fellow teammates who are familiar Pro Bowlers in Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro.

Villanueva has a tall task of keeping future Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger off his back to deliver strikes down the field, and opposing teams recognize the incredible job he and the offensive line are doing.

“They (Steelers’ offensive line) are long, very long,” said New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, according to Steelers.com. “They do a good job using their hands. They are well coached. Mike (Munchak) does a good job. They do a really good job of keeping the blockers away from their body, protecting inside out. Roethlisberger does a good job of staying in the pocket, stepping up.


Alejandro Villaneuva/Google Images


“Sometimes they get peppered back into him a little bit,” he added. “They hold their ground and Ben throws it right over them. It is a very good group inside. Those are probably as good an inside group of players there is in the league. The tackles do a good job too.

“It’s an excellent group offensively at every position. They are solid all the way through. It’s a good football team.”

Roethlisberger praised his unit as well.

“They (Steelers’ offensive line) are the best line in the league,” said Roethlisberger. “They really are the reason I stay upright and healthy. They are the most important part of this team because as they go, we go.”

In three years time, Villanueva has become one of the premier offensive tackles in the NFL. Since taking over as the starting left tackle for the Black and Gold, the 2014 RC talent never missed a start.

Now, how will these Pro Bowlers help secure a slot in the playoff brackets in Week 16?

The Vikings head to Motor City to take on the Detroit Lions. In their last meeting, Thielen was shutdown as he caught four passes for 22 yards. He managed to still get into the endzone, but to be successful in locking their spot in the tournament, the All-Pro needs to start fast and nab every ball in flight to him.

The Vikings needs a win plus the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins to lose.


Adam Thielen/Google Images


The Steelers finally ended their losing streak of three in a row after defeating the Patriots in Week 15. Now that the bleeding has stopped, the Steelers must get back to their scoring ways to eliminate any doubts of having a deep run in the postseason. The Steelers must get rolling against A New Orleans Saints squad on their home turf.

“The Saints defense has held four straight opponents to 17 points or fewer, and five straight New Orleans games have stayed under the total,” stated Sascha Paruk from SportsBettingDime.com. “Ben Roethlisberger has personally struggled lately, as well, going 22-34 for just 235 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 15. He’s now thrown eight picks in his last five games and hasn’t topped 300 yards in his last three.”

Against a fired up defensive unit in New Orleans, Villanueva must be ready to combat each scheme Saints defensive coordinator will throw at the line to stop Roethlisberger from torching their secondary.

And he will be.

The Steelers can clinch the AFC North division title with a win plus a Baltimore Ravens loss.


  1. Norris Voyer

    Skyking, Skyking, this drop is your next piece of information. Immediately contact the agency at your convenience. No further information until next transmission. This is broadcast #5684. Do not delete.

  2. tinyurl.com

    I’m not sure why but this site is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  3. quest bars cheap

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to
    this fantastic blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

  4. quest bars cheap

    With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues
    of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique
    content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but
    it looks like a lot of it is popping it up
    all over the web without my authorization. Do you
    know any techniques to help protect against content from being
    ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  5. ps4 games

    Wonderful work! That is the kind of info that are supposed to be shared across the internet.
    Shame on Google for no longer positioning this post higher!
    Come on over and discuss with my website . Thank you =)

  6. coconut oil

    I’ve been surfing online greater than three hours these
    days, but I by no means found any interesting article like
    yours. It is lovely value enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent
    content as you did, the internet will probably be a lot more useful than ever before.

  7. https://russellwebster.tumblr.com/

    I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing
    problems with your site. It appears as if some of the written text within your posts are running off the screen. Can someone else please provide feedback and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This might be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had this happen before.


  8. sling tv

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your web site in internet
    explorer, may test this? IE nonetheless is the market chief and a large
    component to people will pass over your excellent writing due to this problem.

  9. Precious Mccurley

    There will always be someone who will accompany you to fulfill your unfulfilled wishes, send you flowers, accompany you to watch the sunrise and sunset, accompany you to walk the Yangtze River Bridge to accompany you to play the carousel, and spend the rest of your life with you.

  10. sling tv

    Hey there! I understand this is kind of off-topic but I
    had to ask. Does running a well-established blog like
    yours take a lot of work? I’m brand new to running
    a blog but I do write in my journal every day. I’d like
    to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for brand
    new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

  11. sling tv

    Hey there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I
    will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I am confident they will be benefited from this site.

  12. Tona Skibisky

    Let life be written, and always remember to ignite the warm sunshine of the soul. There are always some happy shots, and gently lifted up inadvertently, shaking off a room of Xiao Se!

  13. Irvin Picht

    You think the worst thing in life is losing your favorite person. In fact, the worst thing is that you lose yourself because you love someone too much.

  14. sling tv

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
    The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to
    say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  15. Loise Karel

    Be a man, be sure to know the gratitude! Don’t forget the benefactors who have helped you, and don’t hurt the nobles who often guide you, otherwise your friends will become fewer and fewer and your life will be more difficult.

  16. Brigid Ciubal

    There is a kind of love that is deeply in love, but can’t say it; there is a kind of love that obviously wants to give up, but can’t give up; there is a kind of love, knowing that it is suffering, but can’t hold back; Can’t take it back already.

  17. Eldon Ritchhart

    There is a kind of love that obviously wants to give up, but can’t give up; there is a kind of love, knowing that it is suffering, but can’t hold back; Can’t take it back already.

  18. Modesto Hearnsberger

    There is a kind of love that obviously wants to give up, but can’t give up; there is a kind of love, knowing that it is suffering, but can’t hold back; Can’t take it back already.

  19. sling tv

    I was very pleased to discover this page. I want to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!!
    I definitely enjoyed every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to see new things in your website.

  20. Gilberto Dedaj

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curiouswhat all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours wouldcost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100 sure.Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.Many thanks

  21. Jan Neaves

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I ave joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I ave shared your site in my social networks!

  22. Maybell Yacano

    Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last few posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your great writings. Past several posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

  23. Douglass Wendelboe

    Pretty component to content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire actuallyenjoyed account your weblog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to youraugment or even I achievement you get entry to consistently rapidly.

  24. Distinctive Homes

    Hello! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!|

  25. pure CBD

    I’ve learn a few good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting. I wonder how a lot attempt you set to create any such excellent informative web site.|

  26. CBD oil online

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Outstanding blog and terrific style and design.|

  27. syma toys

    Hello would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good hosting provider at a fair price? Many thanks, I appreciate it!|

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

FOLLOW @lockerreport100 INSTAGRAM