NFL Pro Bowl Selections 2013: Best and Worst Choices for Both Conferences

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NFL Pro Bowl Selections 2013: Best and Worst Choices for Both Conferences
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The NFL’s 2013 Pro Bowl selections were announced Wednesday, and there were a surprising amount of unworthy players on the list to go along with the obvious candidates.

Let’s take a look at a few names that stuck out to us as ridiculous, a few that undoubtedly deserve to be in Hawaii, and a few that need to prove themselves at the All-Star game from each conference.

 

AFC

Best: Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

Manning is a front-runner for the NFL’s MVP award, so it’s no surprise that he’s going to be starting in the Pro Bowl (should the Broncos fail to make the Super Bowl).

He has put together a vintage season and looked like the Manning of old, this time wearing the Broncos’ orange instead of the Colts’ blue.

Expect Manning to absolutely light it up for the limited amount of snaps he gets at Aloha Stadium.

 

Worst: Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs

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Berry is coming off an ACL injury and didn’t round into form as a formidable safety until the last few weeks of the season.

Considering the Chiefs were only able to win two games so far in 2012 (with a chance to up that number to a whopping three), it’s a real shame that Berry made it over some more deserving candidates (Jairus Byrd and others).

What is truly a travesty is that the Chiefs managed to send five players to Haiwaii after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

 

Wild Card: Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans

It’s hard to knock Schaub’s selection as the third-string QB, as his team is currently 13-2 and looking bound for a postseason bye and possibly home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

However, it’s also hard to credit Schaub for most of those wins, as RB Arian Foster and the defense carried most of the load for the resurgent Texans. We aren’t quite sold on this signal-caller, so we’ll see if he puts together a nice performance out in Hawaii.

 

NFC

Best: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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AP has one more chance to chase down Eric Dickerson’s long-standing, single-season rushing record, and he has the Vikings on the verge of an improbable playoff appearance.

Considering everyone (especially fantasy football players) wrote off All Day prior to the 2012 campaign (he was coming off a torn ACL at the end of last season), and Minnesota wasn’t expected to be in postseason contention, it’s perhaps the most impressive single season of any player in the NFL.

Don’t sleep on AP making some noise in Honolulu.

 

Worst: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, New York Giants

JPP’s Giants are about to be bounced from a chance at the postseason, less than a year after winning the Super Bowl.

His sack numbers dipped from 16.5 down to 6.5 and he was not nearly as dominant against the pass as last season.

The third-year pro out of South Florida may have improved against the run, but not enough to warrant a selection to this All-Star event.

 

Wild Card: Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals

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Considering Peterson was selected ahead of Seattle CB Richard Sherman, he has a huge amount of expectations now riding on his shoulders.

Peterson was inconsistent for an awful Cardinals team, but was clearly the best defender on a weekly basis and one of the better corners in the conference.

If he doesn’t grab at least one interception in the Pro Bowl, this selection will be ridiculous with Sherman sitting at home.

 

Pro Bowl Selections 

AFC Offense

Position

Player

Team

QB

Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos 

QB

Tom Brady 

New England Patriots 

QB

Matt Schaub

Houston Texans 

RB

Arian Foster

Houston Texans 

RB

Jamaal Charles

Kansas City Chiefs 

RB

Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens 

FB

Vonta Leach

Baltimore Ravens 

WR

A.J. Green

Cincinnati Bengals

WR

Andre Johnson

Houston Texans 

WR

Reggie Wayne

Indianapolis Colts 

WR

Wes Welker

New England Patriots 

TE

Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots 

TE

Heath Miller

Pittsburgh Steelers 

T

Joe Thomas

Cleveland Browns 

T

Duane Brown

Houston Texans 

T

Ryan Clady

Denver Broncos 

G

Logan Mankins

New England Patriots 

G

Marshal Yanda

Baltimore Ravens 

G

Wade Smith

Houston Texans 

C

Maurkice Pouncey

Pittsburgh Steelers 

C

Chris Myers

Houston Texans 

P

Dustin Colquitt

Kansas City Chiefs 

PK

Phil Dawson 

Cleveland Browns 

KR

Jacoby Jones 

Baltimore Ravens 

ST

Matthew Slater

New England Patriots 

 

AFC Defense

Position

Player

Team

DL

J.J. Watt

Houston Texans 

DL

Cameron Wake

Miami Dolphins 

DL

Geno Atkins 

Cincinnati Bengals 

DL

Vince Wilfork 

New England Patriots 

DL

Elvis Dumervil

Denver Broncos 

DL

Haloti Ngata 

Baltimore Ravens 

LB

Von Miller 

Denver Broncos 

LB

Tamba Hali 

Kansas City Chiefs 

LB

Jerod Mayo

New England Patriots 

LB

Robert Mathis 

Indianapolis Colts 

LB

Derrick Johnson 

Kansas City Chiefs 

CB

Champ Bailey

Denver Broncos 

CB

Johnathan Joseph 

Houston Texans 

CB

Antonio Cromartie 

New York Jets 

S

Ed Reed

Baltimore Ravens

S

Eric Berry 

Kansas City Chiefs 

S

LaRon Landry

New York Jets 

 

NFC Offense

Position

Player

Team

QB

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers

QB

Matt Ryan 

Atlanta Falcons 

QB

Robert Griffin III 

Washington Redskins 

RB

Adrian Peterson 

Minnesota Vikings 

RB

Marshawn Lynch  

Seattle Seahawks 

RB

Frank Gore 

San Francisco 49ers 

FB

Jerome Felton 

Minnesota Vikings 

WR

Calvin Johnson 

Detroit Lions 

WR

Brandon Marshall 

Chicago Bears 

WR

Julio Jones 

Atlanta Falcons 

WR

Victor Cruz 

New York Giants 

TE

Tony Gonzalez 

Atlanta Falcons 

TE

Jason Witten 

Dallas Cowboys 

T

Russell Okung 

Seattle Seahawks 

T

Joe Staley

San Francisco 49ers 

T

Trent Williams 

Washington Redskins 

G

Mike Iupati 

San Francisco 49ers 

G

Jahri Evans 

New Orleans Saints 

G

Chris Snee 

New York Giants 

C

Max Unger 

Seattle Seahawks 

C

Jeff Saturday

Green Bay Packers 

P

Thomas Morstead 

New Orleans Saints 

PK

 Blair Walsh

Minnesota Vikings 

KR

Leon Washington

Seattle Seahawks 

ST

Lorenzo Alexander

Washington Redskins 

 

NFC Defense

Position

Player

Team

DL

Jason Pierre-Paul

New York Giants 

DL

Julius Peppers 

Chicago Bears 

DL

Justin Smith

San Francisco 49ers 

DL

Henry Melton 

Chicago Bears 

DL

Jared Allen 

Minnesota Vikings 

DL

Gerald McCoy 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

LB

Aldon Smith 

San Francisco 49ers 

LB

DeMarcus Ware 

Dallas Cowboys 

LB

Patrick Willis 

San Francisco 49ers 

LB

Clay Matthews 

Green Bay Packers 

LB

NaVorro Bowman 

San Francisco 49ers 

CB

Charles Tillman 

Chicago Bears 

CB

Tim Jennings 

Chicago Bears 

CB

Patrick Peterson 

Arizona Cardinals 

S

Dashon Goldson 

San Francisco 49ers 

S

Donte Whitner 

San Francisco 49ers 

S

Earl Thomas

Seattle Seahawks 

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