Kansas City Chiefs Candidates for 2013 NFL Pro Bowl

Farzin Vousoughian@farzin21Contributor IIIAugust 30, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs Candidates for 2013 NFL Pro Bowl

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    With the regular season upon us, players are focusing on winning games and doing what they need to do to help their team win a championship. Players also want to prove themselves individually and land themselves a spot in the Pro Bowl.

    The Kansas City Chiefs had two Pro Bowl recipients in 2012 and fans would like to see more in this year's annual match if the team is not preparing for the Super Bowl.

    Which Chiefs players have the best chance to be voted into the 2013 Pro Bowl in Hawaii?

QB Matt Cassel

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: 1x, 2010-11 year (late invitation)

    A lot of people may disagree with this slide, but Matt Cassel has a good chance of making the Pro Bowl.

    He has two first-round draft picks playing wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe and Jon Baldwin. He also has Dexter McCluster as a slot receiver, who has been his favorite target this preseason. Other pass-catchers include Steve Breaston, Tony Moeaki, Kevin Boss, Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis.

    This is the best supporting cast Cassel has had since being traded to the franchise since 2009. Cassel could receive a late invitation and be an alternate quarterback for this year's Pro Bowl.

RB Jamaal Charles

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: 1x, 2010-11 year

    It has been a long time since we have seen Charles in his first and only Pro Bowl appearance. Charles is returning this year after suffering a torn ACL last year.

    While most players look to bounce back the following season after tearing their ACL, they tend to experience a larger setback. Charles, on the other hand, is lucky because he suffered his injury very early in the 2011 season, giving him ample time to recover.

    His breakaway speed will work to his advantage when it comes to amassing yards and it will earn him the votes he needs to receive a Pro Bowl invitation.

T Eric Winston

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: None

    It is hard to believe that Eric Winston was never voted into the Pro Bowl during his time with the Houston Texans. Winston has started every game since the midway point of his rookie season, avoiding injuries and suspensions.

    If the Chiefs running backs take advantage of holes on the right side of the field and come away with a lot of yards, a lot of credit will go to Winston and that could land him his first, and long overdue Pro Bowl ticket.

OLB Tamba Hali

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: 2x, 2010-11 year (late invitation) and 2011-12 year

    Even though Tamba Hali is opening the season with a one-game suspension, that will not be enough to hold him back. Hali has lead the Chiefs in sacks since 2008 and his presence was better known in 2010 when he received a late Pro Bowl invitation. He received his first official Pro Bowl invitation last year.

    His pass-rushing skills is one of the best in the league. Hali has disrupted many offensive game plans by invading the pocket and forcing quarterbacks to make ill-advised passes.

    Even if he has to do it in 15 games, Hali can still be one of the best defensive players in the league and get to the Pro Bowl.

OLB Justin Houston

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: None

    Justin Houston was the most pleasant surprise for the Chiefs last year. An 0-3 start created a lot of pain and agony. But when the Chiefs bounced back, Houston found his mark and began making plays.

    Houston collected 5.5 sacks in the second half of last season; giving the Chiefs defense a better linebacking corps. Opposing offensive tackles will have a hard time containing Houston and keeping him from their quarterback.

    Depending on the rest of the AFC, Houston could be an alternate for this year's Pro Bowl.

ILB Derrick Johnson

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: 1x, 2011-12 year

    Derrick Johnson has changed as a linebacker since 2010. Since playing under Romeo Crennel, Johnson improved and quickly became one of the better inside linebackers in football.

    Johnson shattered the franchise record last year for most tackles in a single season and went to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. Johnson now has his name beside Ray Lewis', who was the only other inside linebacker for the AFC in last year's Pro Bowl.

S Eric Berry

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    Previous Pro Bowl Experience: 1x, 2010-11 year (late invitation)

    Like Charles, Eric Berry is also looking to rebound after suffering a torn ACL. But he is also in a good situation since his injury came in Week 1, as opposed to late in the season.

    With a strong group of pass-rushers, Berry won't have any problems coming away with takeaways and limiting receivers to what they can do. He quickly climbed as one of the best safeties in the league as a rookie and hopes to make that same impact this season.