NFC Mid-Season Pro Bowl Selections

By Chris Lehman

If the NFL season were to end today, here’s a look at the NFC Pro Bowl roster:

  • Quaterback
    1. Aaron Rodgers – There’s no question about it. Rodgers is on pace to shatter the single season records for Touchdowns, completion percentage and the completely pointless quarterback rating. Although he is not ranked the highest among QBs in yards, he is still on pace for a 5,068 yard season compared to Dan Marino’s all-time 5,084.
    2. Drew Brees – As the league leader in yards, and the leader of the Saints explosive offense, Brees finds himself in Hawaii.
    3. Matthew Stafford – Assuming a quick recovery from his fractured finger, Stafford should get back on his pro bowl pace from earlier in the year.

  • Running Back
    1. LeSean McCoy – While Vick and the rest of the Eagles have struggled, Shady McCoy has been nothing short of spectacular while scoring at least one TD in each of their nine games so far. He leads all non-kickers in scoring with 72 total points. Without a doubt, Mr. Reliable should take the first hand-off from Rodgers in the pro bowl.
    2. Adrian Peterson – He remains the best runner in the game. Will probably end up being the pro bowl starter because of that, even though McCoy is having a better year. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
    3. DeMarco Murray – In essentially four games, he has ripped off 604 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per carry. This youngster is a stud and should take over full-time for the Cowboys even when Felix Jones is healthy.

  • Wide Receiver
    1. Calvin Johnson – Megatron is unstoppable. Enough said…No seriously, I won’t even explain this one. He’s not human.
    2. Steve Smith (CAR) – The addition of Cam Newton was the best thing to happen to Steve Smith since Jimmy Cla… since Jake Delh… since Vinny Test… he was the best thing to happen to him period.
    3. Larry Fitzgerald – In a matter of two years, he’s become completely forgotten. He’s still one of the three most talented receivers in the league. His production has dropped, but it’s not too bad considering his quarterback. Anyone remember his name? John Skelton.

  • Tight End
    1. Jimmy Graham – The freak of nature. The beast. Whatever you want to call him. Drew Brees warned everyone that he would have a monster year. Nobody listened…or maybe they did and just still couldn’t stop him.
    2. Tony Gonzalez – The man is timeless. Arguably the best TE to ever play and he’s still doing it at a high level.
    3. Jason Witten – With all the weapons surrounding Tony Romo, Witten remains his favorite. He has gotten 25 more looks than Dez Bryant, and I don’t see that changing.
  • Tackles
    1. Jason Peters – The Peyton Manning Effect. When Peters was out, the Eagles offensive line was a mess. He adds that instant security blanket on the left side of Vick’s protection.
    2. Bryan Bulaga – “The Champ” is never pressured in the pocket. If he keeps Rogers safe, he’s alright.

  • Guards
    1. Jahri Evans & Carl Nicks – A big part of the Saints success is owed to Drew Brees. Brees will tell you that he would be nothing without his offensive line. These two guys are arguably the two best guards in the game.
  • Center
    1. Ryan Kalil – Any time you have a rookie quarterback, you expect them to struggle. That has not been the case for rookie Cam Newton. Other than a tight end, a rookie QB’s best friend is a trustworthy center.

  • Devensive End
    1. Jared Allen – He’s baaaaaack. After a not-so-dominant year, this blue collar sack machine is back to his all-pro form. Fear the mullet.
    2. Julius Peppers – The stats don’t necessarily show it, but this guy is unstoppable. Living in Chicago, I’ve seen far more Bears games than I care to. Peppers controls the outcome every game.
  • Defensive Tackle
    1. Justin Smith – Smith is in his 11th season in the NFL, and to this point has only missed one game. Now he serves a crucial role as the centerpiece of the 49ers run-stopping defense.
    2. Ndamukong Suh – While his stats may not show what he has done this year, the film sure does. He is a beast. Besides, I’m not going to be the one to tell him he’s not going to the pro bowl…I value my life too much.

  • Inside Linebacker
    1. Patrick Willis – This guy makes a strong case to be the best player in the league. He’s one of the fastest linebackers in the game. He hits harder than just about anyone. Not to mention, he calls the plays for one of the top defenses in the league. You want him in the middle of your defense.
  • Outside Linebacker
    1. DeMarcus Ware – This guy is just a monster at racking up sacks. Every quarterback and offensive coordinator knows that he should be here.
    2. Brian Orakpo – On a team where not much ever goes right, they can always count on the youngster to get to the opposing quarterback.
  • Cornerback
    1. Charles Woodson – The anchor of the defense of the best team in the league. He seems to get better with age. He’s the best zone coverage player in the league with the ability to stop the likes of Adrian Peterson behind the line by himself. What’s not to love?
    2. Chris Houston – The New-look Lions defense has surprised just about everyone this year. Houston has several Red-Zone interceptions including two TDs.
    3. Carlos Rogers – The best cornerback on the best defense in the NFC. That’s reason enough to earn a spot.
  • Safety
    1. Roman Harper – The young strong-safety is really coming into his own this year. He leads all defensive backs in sacks with 6.5 and has the third most tackles of any defensive back with 69. He is flourishing under Gregg Williams’ blitz-happy system.
    2. Charlie Peprah – While Harper has been the best blitzing and tackling safety, Peprah has been a great coverage safety for the Packers. That defense forces turnovers and he’s one of the best at it.
  • Kicker
    1. Jason Hanson
  • Punter
    1. Andy Lee
  • Kick Return
    1. Devin Hester – The GOAT

One comment

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