Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 11
With eleven weeks of work put in, the most deserving candidates for Pro Bowl consideration are sorting themselves out. Khaled Elsayed checks in with the standouts at every position.
Pro Bowl Cheat Sheet: Week 11
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(Note: for positional choices we’re following the ballot at NFL.com)
Starters: Aaron Rodgers (GB) and Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Backups: Tom Brady (NE), Matt Ryan (ATL), Drew Brees (NO) and Philip Rivers (SD)
Breakdown: The top two picked themselves. They’ve been the standouts. Behind them? Well it was any four from seven with Andrew Luck, Tony Romo and Peyton Manning all being guys we wouldn’t object to starting (even if they feel like more stat/ team-win based selections).
Starters: Le’Veon Bell (PIT) and Marshawn Lynch (SEA)
Backups: DeMarco Murray (DAL), Jamaal Charles (KC), Matt Forte (CHI) and Justin Forsett (BAL)
Breakdown: Bell, Murray and Lynch are all worth the start, with the deciding factor being the woes of Murray in the passing game and his propensity to fumble. He’s still having a fantastic year, though.
Starters: Antonio Brown (PIT), Jordy Nelson (GB), Demaryius Thomas (DEN) and T.Y Hilton (IND)
Backups: Emmanuel Sanders (DEN), Jeremy Maclin (PHI), Dez Bryant (DAL) and Mike Evans (TB)
Breakdown: Brown and Nelson seem to fly under the radar but consistently deliver, with 2014 no different. Outside of that, it’s great to see Maclin not just rebounding from injury, but looking a better player in the process. Of the rookie receivers, Evans is one to watch, he’s getting better before our very eyes.
Starters: Anthony Sherman (KC) and Jerome Felton (MIN)
Breakdown: Sherman is proving last year was no fluke with a fine effort that earned him a contract extension. Felton was really the only other candidate, despite his limited playing time.
Starters: Rob Gronkowski (NE) and Jimmy Graham (NO)
Backups: Jason Witten (DAL) and Dwayne Allen (IND)
Breakdown: Such is the year Gronkowski is having that he’s earning legit MVP talk — incredible for a tight end to have that kind of impact. His position seems cemented, so now it’s a battle for the spots behind where the receiving of Graham has him ahead of the all-around work of Witten and Allen.
Starters: Joe Thomas (CLE) and Ricky Wagner (BAL), Jason Peters (PHI) and Sebastian Vollmer (NE)
Backups: Andrew Whitworth (CIN) and Zach Strief (NO)
Breakdown: Call us old fashioned but we want left and right tackles in the mix, so we’ve split it evenly between the two. Thomas is having a year that rivals his best, which is saying something for the sure-fire Hall of Famer. The unlucky one is Branden Albert, who was right in the left tackle mix until injury.
Starters: Marshal Yanda (BAL), Kelechi Osemele (BAL) Joel Bitonio (CLV) and Zack Martin (DAL)
Backups: Josh Sitton (GB) and Brandon Linder (JAX)
Breakdown: That’s a lot of rookies right? The tandem of Yanda and Osemele have been a big part of a Ravens line that has been better than anyone imagined it could be, with their work in the run game particularly effective, while both Bitonio and Martin have hit the ground running.
Starters: Nick Mangold (NYJ) and Max Unger (SEA)
Backups: Corey Linsley (GB) and Maurkice Pouncey (PIT)
Breakdown: Alex Mack was on his way to securing a spot before injury, but his loss is the gain of others. Mangold is back to his best and the Seahawks really feel a difference when their center isn’t on the field.