Discussions over who should be selected for the Pro Bowl begin as voting starts. While the game is no longer as meaningful, it is still an honor to be selected to the team.
The Green Bay Packers are finally beginning to play like they should, and several players are playing above and beyond. With the high-powered offense, we should expect that at least a few players will be selected this year.
Along with the offense, the defense is playing significantly better than it did last year. The passing defense has improved, and the pass rush is where it should be at again.
Here are the Green Bay players who should be in the Pro Bowl by the end of the season.
Masthay may not have the most punts this season, but he has been great when he has been called upon.
Masthay is averaging 44.8 yards per punt, but that is not why he should be a Pro Bowl selection. He currently leads the league in punts inside the 20 yard line with 20. He doesn't punt the farthest because he is able to pin teams deep in their own territory.
This is the kind of performance that should be recognized by voters, and hopefully they have taken notice of the poor field position of Green Bay's opposing teams.
It's difficult to decide which wide receiver should be selected for Green Bay, since they have all been playing well with the absence of Greg Jennings. But in the end, James Jones should be the one selected to the Pro Bowl.
Jones is currently having the best season of his career. He currently has seven touchdowns, which is the best in the NFL and tied for his career high. With seven touchdowns in just seven games, Jones is looking like a top-notch receiver.
Jones has also made some incredible catches this season, including an unbelievable catch to seal the game in New Orleans.
Jones is playing great, and should definitely be considered for a vote.
If the season ended right now, Hayward would certainly be a Pro Bowl selection.
The rookie out of Vanderbilt is currently tied for the league lead in interceptions with four. Along with the picks, he also has batted down seven passes. Quarterbacks only have a 23.7 passer rating when throwing against him.
Hayward will have to continue his hot start to the season in order to be considered for the Pro Bowl. With the injury to Charles Woodson, Hayward will be playing a lot more and be expected to play as well as he has been.
If he can continue this performance, he will surely be in the Pro Bowl at the end of the season.
Clay Matthews is finally back to normal after an odd season last year when he was hindered by a hamstring injury.
Matthews is back to giving quarterbacks nightmares this season. He is currently second in the league in sacks with nine. He also forced a fumble against Indianapolis that went out of bounds.
Matthews is able to get to the passer more effectively with the presence of other pass rushers this season. The addition of Nick Perry has made offenses pay less attention to Matthews, and he has shined because of it.
He will most likely be in the Pro Bowl regardless of how the rest of the season goes.
The reigning MVP is playing like an MVP yet against this year.
Aaron Rodgers was being criticized earlier this year for not playing his best football. But in the past few weeks, he has begun to prove to everyone he is still the best quarterback in the league. In the past four games, he has thrown for 1,234 yards, 16 touchdowns, and only two interceptions.
Rodgers is leading the league in passing touchdowns and passer rating. He is second in the league in completion percentage, next to Robert Griffin III. He is fourth in the league in passing yards.
These numbers are incredible.
Rodgers is looking to keep everyone quiet about his slow start to the season and has certainly been doing that lately.
He not only will be in the Pro Bowl, he also might be the MVP for a second straight year.