NFL Pro Bowl Roster 2013: Teams That Got Too Much Credit

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 27, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) returns an interception for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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Sometimes players go to the Pro Bowl purely based on their popularity, while others simply edge out more deserving candidates.

That was the case on Wednesday night when the 2013 Pro Bowl rosters were announced for the NFC and the AFC.

One top team got too much credit while a bottom-feeder sent an alarming amount of players to Hawaii.

Here's a look at the teams that got too much credit in the Pro Bowl voting this season.


Kansas City Chiefs (5)

How in the world does Kansas City earn five Pro Bowl selections despite going 2-13? Jamaal Charles was an understandable selection, but sending three players on the defensive side of the ball to Hawaii, given the load of points the Chiefs have allowed this season, seems a bit much.

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard deserved to go to the Pro Bowl over Tamba Hali this season. He had way more tackles, as well as three interceptions, and he notched a respectable 5.5 sacks as a "Will" linebacker.


San Francisco 49ers (9)

Most of San Francisco's Pro Bowl selections were earned, but I have to question how many players made it to Hawaii.

Offensive tackle Joe Staley and strong safety Donte Whitner didn't deserve to make the Pro Bowl, in my opinion. The 49ers have allowed 40 sacks through 15 games (fifth-most in the NFC) and Whitner appeared to get by on the fact that he was a part of a top defense.


New York Giants (3)

Let's cut to the chase: The selection of Jason Pierre-Paul was purely a popularity contest.

Pierre-Paul has notched just 6.5 sacks so far this season, tied for 14th among defensive ends in the NFC. Compared to the 16.5 sacks he collected last season, that's quite the drop-off. 

I'm guessing Pierre-Paul's one defensive touchdown this season overruled the overall play of Chris Clemons, Charles Johnson and John Abraham.

A case could also be made that Chris Snee was less deserving than other NFC guards this season.


What are your thoughts?

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